UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference



The UBCO Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference continues to exceed expectations. Over 200 people attended the student-led conference which featured research and public health experiences from 68 students and represented six different faculties at UBC Okanagan.

This year’s conference was the largest in its eleven years of history. Congratulations to the 2024 top presentations:

Digital Health and Technologies (poster)
Renata Kanerva: Opportunities and challenges parents may encounter when using a digital tool to access tangible social support

Child and Public Health (poster)
Dylan Nemes: Timeline Mapping Congenital Heart Disease

Clinical and Emergency Care (poster)
Belle Stokes: Colon Dopaminergic Response and Concurrent Behavioural Effects in Inflammatory Conditions

Community and Social Health (poster)
Madison Eagle: Discrimination of Chronic Pain: The Role of Patient Weight and Pain Origin

Health Policy and Advocacy (poster)
Haley Berrisford: Is quality participation related to decisions to re-enroll in an exercise program for people with disabilities?

Rural and Remote Health (poster)
Simran Gill: Active Steps: Feasibility of a virtual intervention to promote active lifestyles in children with type 1 diabetes living in rural and remote communities

Biomedicine and Pharmaceuticals (5 min oral presentation)
Keanna Spanggaard: Analysis of the Role of Palmitoyltransferase Genes in Neuronal Cell Death

Child and Public Health (5 min oral presentation)
Morgan Game and Hillary Shaba: Combating Food Insecurity at UBCO through the Community Meal Program with a Focus on Long-Term Viability

Clinical and Emergency Care (5 min oral presentation)
Sara Klick: Exploring stroke-related factors that modulate motor imagery-related brain activation

Community and Social Health (5 min oral presentation)
Negin Kazemian : Unraveling the interplay of gut microbiome, metabolites, and mucus in luminal cholesterol metabolism

Health Policy and Advocacy (5 min oral presentation)
Brandon Hayashi and Samara Reyes: Parental Perspectives On the Self-Injurious Behaviour Intensity Screening Assessment (SIBISA): A New Tool To Assess Self Injury In Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Rural and Digital Health (5 min oral presentation)
Kendra Corman: Evaluating the Social Network Typology of Adults 50 years and Older with Mental Health Concerns in Rural BC

“Audience Choice” (top 10-minute presentation)
Kennedy Wiens: Psilocin Inhibits Select Pro-Inflammatory Functions of Brain Immune Cells

The student organizers would like to acknowledge all of the presenters, adjudicators, and volunteers for making this year’s conference a great success.

Questions? Contact ubco.ishc@ubc.ca. Follow the ISHC on Instagram

Frequently Asked Questions

Current UBC undergraduate and graduate students at the UBC Okanagan campus are eligible to present.

Yes, we encourage students to present regardless of the stage of their research. If you are still collecting data or have preliminary results, you may discuss how you will use the results to draw conclusions. Note – to be selected for the competitive 10-minute oral presentation slots, students must have results or findings to present.

You can present up to two projects at the conference.

To be eligible for a 10-minute oral presentation slot, abstracts must include project findings/results, and the presenting author did not present a 10-minute oral presentation at the 2022 or 2023 ISHC conference. Selection of abstracts for the 10-minute oral presentation slot is highly competitive, with slots given to the highly ranked abstracts following peer-review. Students who request this option and are not selected will be automatically considered for a 5-minute oral presentation spot.

Posters must be a maximum of 4’ wide x 3’ high, printed in landscape format. Students are responsible for having their poster printed and brought to the conference. Printing options include Paper & Supply Co on the UBCO campus or CanCADD Imaging Solutions in Kelowna.

We recommend that you list affiliations as Department, Faculty, Institution (e.g. School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBCO). Please email ubco.ishc@ubc.ca if you have further questions.

If you would like to use UBC branded templates, please see available resources here.