Program Information

Mini Med School at the Child & Family Research Institute is a lecture series designed to engage the public and high school students in science and leading edge research by presenting a series of talks on health research.


Mini Med School is a science outreach and public education program launched in spring 2003. As the third such initiative in Canada, and the first in Western Canada, the MMS combines a highly-lauded forum for public engagement with science, and exceptional opportunities for high school students and teachers to learn from – and participate in – scientific research.

Since 2003, there have been 14 MMS courses, each dedicated to a different field of scientific research. Each course curriculum is designed to give a basic understanding of the field while exploring up-to-the-minute basic science research, clinical applications and social and ethical implications related to that field. Past series have explored infection, genetics, reproduction, diabetes, childhood development, neurosciences, epigenetics, sleep, neonatology, and clinical genomics.
In the News - CFRI's popular Mini Med School program received a 2014 Synapse Mentorship Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Synapse Awards are presented to trainees, researchers and programs to recognize excellence in the promotion of health research to high school students

High School

Nominate a Student - High school students in grades 10-12 interested in attending Mini Med School must be nominated by their science or career teacher.  Students cannot register themselves. Nominations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve  and limited to 2 students/school.  As space is limited to 120 students, we advise schools to submit nominations soon after registration opens each fall. For teachers that wish to receive email notification when registration opens contact

Mini Med School Summer Studentships - Grade 12 students who attend at least five of the sessions are eligible to apply for a Mini Med School Summer Studentship.  A maximum of four studentships are awarded each year.  Awardees will work in the research lab of a Mini Med School faculty member for six weeks in July and August. Applications are distributed during Mini Med School and are due by the end of January.

Video Library

Video recordings of past education events, including Mini Med School, are available online. These may be useful for classes, or of interest to those who are unable to attend the CFRI education events.

 If you have any questions or concerns contact or 604-875-2000 x5397.