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2023 ACHRI/Owerko Centre Summer Student Research Symposium

Join us for the ACHRI/Owerko Centre Summer Student Research Symposium

Date: Tuesday August 22, 2023
Conference: 8:50 am - 4 pm 
Closing Remarks and Awards Reception: 4 - 4:30 pm
Location: Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Campus. Registration desk located in the HRIC Atrium. See map




Deadline for abstract submission was August 5, 2023

Deadline to register was August 10, 2023


8:15 - 8:50 am: Check-in, HRIC Atrium

8:50 - 9:15 am: Welcome and Indigenous Blessing, HRIC Atrium 

  • Rumika Mascarenhas, Emcee; Master's Student, Neuroscience, Graduate Studies 
  • Ollie Benjamin, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Bearspaw, Stoney Nakoda First Nation   

9:15 - 9:20 am Opening Remarks, Theatre One

  • Dr. Quentin Pittman,  ACHRI Director, Education and Training; Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

9:20 - 10:50 am: Summer Student Oral Presentations 1, Theatre One, Health Sciences Centre

  1. Safira Dharsee: Association of Psychological Resilience, Cognitive Reserve, and Brain Reserve with Post-Concussive Symptoms in Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Orthopedic Injury
  2. Apolline Pistek: Mechanical Impact of Thermal Injury and Split-thickness Skin Grafting in Cutaneous Tissue 
  3. Freeha Anjum: Behavioural Symptoms are Related to Volume of the Left Medial Orbital Gyrus in Children Aged 2-8 Years
  4. Altamish Bukhari: Factors Associated with Emergency Department Visits by Children and Adolescents with Migraine
  5. Maya MacIsaac-JonesThe Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Sexual and Gender Diverse Populations: A Meta-analysis
  6. Elizabeth Benediktsdottir: Implementing Planet Youth in Calgary: Comparative Analysis of Albertan and Icelandic Youth Policies

Graduate Student Presentation: Madison Waller: What it is Like to be me: A Systematic Review of the Challenges of Identifying Both as Autistic and LGBTQ

10:50 - 11:05 am: Break, HRIC Atrium

11:05 am - 12:05 pm: Keynote Presentation, Theatre One, Health Sciences Centre

  • Dr. Melanie Noel, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Department of Psychology​​, Trauma and Pain: An intergenerational problem that should be on everyone’s agenda

12:05 - 2:20 pm: Lunch and Poster Session, HRIC Atrium

2:20 - 4 pm: Oral Presentations, Theatre One, Health Sciences Centre

Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program Presentation: Kamilah Giwa, Mofe Omolade, Precious Igbiki, Joshua Enechukwu,  Matilda Awosusi and Adedeji Williams: Black Youth Core Proposal

Graduate Student Presentation: Sonje Juul: Bringing Birth Back to Indigenous Communities in Alberta: An Environmental Scan of the Barriers and Facilitators of Implementing Midwifery Care for Indigenous Peoples

Summer Student Oral Presentations 2

  1. Holly WrightBarriers and Enablers to Follow-Up Care Among Canadian Survivors of Pediatric Cancer
  2. Kenzie Vaandering: Exploring the Potential of Brain Computer Interface-leveraged Boccia as a Sporting Intervention for Children with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy
  3. Kai SuzukiInvestigating Cerebral Palsy in Children Lacking Traditional Risk Factors
  4. Raneet KahlonUncovering the Role of Prolactin Receptor in Glucose Homeostasis Beyond Pregnancy
  5. Benjamin Green: Visualizing Immune Pathway Signatures from RNA-sequencing Data to Help Diagnose and Treat Patients with Complex Immune Dysregulation Disorders

4 - 4:30 pm: Awards and Closing Remarks, HRIC Atrium

  • Dr. Jay Riva-Cambrin, Professor, Department of Clinical Neurosciences; Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences

Information for presenters

Students are invited to present at one 2023 Summer Student Research Symposium. Presentations should be geared towards a broad audience outside of your field of study who may know little about your research area. All oral presentations will be followed by a two-minute Q&A. Oral and poster presentations will be judged and there will be prizes. Winners will be announced during the reception.

After submitting your abstract, you will be notified if you will be participating in the oral and poster sessions by August 10, 2023.

Questions? Please reach out to or


Abstract guidelines | View PDF 

Oral Presentation Score Sheet | View PDF

Poster Presentation Score Sheet | View PDF 

Cumming School of Medicine institutes ask that students only present their work in ONE summer student research event, but all summer students, including those who aren’t supervised by ACHRI and Owerko members, are welcome to attend. Summer student research symposiums taking place this summer:

  • August 14: O’Brien Institute for Public Health & Libin Cardiovascular Institute
  • August 15: Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases
  • August 16: McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health
  • August 17: Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute
  • August 22: Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute and Owerko Centre Symposium
  • August 22: Biomedical Engineering
  • August 23 Hotchkiss Brain Institute