2023 Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference

The Engineering, Management and Education building was bustling with presentations and engaging dialogue last month for the 2023 Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference (ISHC) at UBC Okanagan. After two years of virtual delivery, conference organizers were thrilled to host the event in person once again.

Over 60 student presenters took part from the Faculty of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Management, and the Faculty of Medicine.

“It’s great to see this event return to the campus and the students did a phenomenal job with their presentations,” says Diane Oorebeek, Research and Operations Manager for the Southern Medical Program. “We continue to see strong engagement from the UBCO community and we’re excited to see what the future holds for this conference.”

Congratulations to the top presenters in the following categories:

Category: Biomedicine and Technologies
Top Poster Presentation: Samantha Barg, Arts and Social Sciences
Body dissatisfaction and self-focused attention on Zoom: An eye-tracker analysis

Category: Community and Social Health
Top Poster Presentation: Marie-Claire Lantin, Science; Kyra Molen, Health and Social Development
I’M T’CARE: Co-creating A Culturally Safe Implementation Toolkit

Category: Child and Public Health
Top Poster Presentation: Kylie Johnston, Science
Modes of Travel to School in Children Within the BC Interior – A UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Study

Category: Clinical and Emergency Care
Top Poster Presentation: Lauren Walgren, Medicine
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Improving symptoms in women with Dyspareunia and Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Category: Rural and Remote Health
Top Poster Presentation: Kayla Korolek, Medicine
Exploring the experiences of cancer detection and post-cancer treatment in cancer survivors in the BC Interior: A mixed-methods study

Category: Community and Social Health
Top Oral Presentation: Fernanda Novoa, Health and Social Development
Mexican Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Experiences of the Public Health Measures During COVID-19 in the Okanagan Region

Category: Biomedicine and Pharmaceuticals
Top Oral Presentation: Spencer Ursel, Science
Developing stem cell-based mucus-secreting factories to fight intestinal diseases

Category: Child and Public Health
Top Oral Presentation: Jill Shillito, Science
Appetite fluctuations across ovulatory menstrual cycles in healthy women

Category 10: Clinical and Emergency Care
Top Oral Presentation: Camille Galloway, Health and Social Development
Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Exploring the Experiences of Endurance Athletes with Atrial Fibrillation

Category: Health Policy
Top Oral Presentation: Cassandra Adjetey, Management
An economic evaluation of lifestyle interventions to promote cognition in older adults with chronic stroke.

Category: Digital Health and Technologies
Top Oral Presentation: Mikayla Tchir, Science; Sol Thiessen, Applied Science
Design and Optimization of a Low-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging System using Permanent Magnets

People’s Choice Award for the 10-minute Presentations
Shiva Natarajan, Arts and Social Sciences; Alison Siddon, Applied Science
Personal Belongings Carrier: An interdisciplinary collaborative intervention project to address homelessness and the precariousness of personal belongings.

Conference organizers would like to acknowledge the support of event sponsors including the Southern Medical Program, Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine, Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI), Centre for Scholarly Communication, Medical Undergraduate Society, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and UBC Okanagan Library.