Mini-Medical School

Mini-Medical School is designed for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about chronic diseases and topics such as travellers' health, vaccines and preventable diseases, mental health and the microbiome, obesity and exercise, arthritis and autoinflammatory diseases in kids.

You won’t graduate with a medical degree after attending our Mini Medical School series but you will gain more insight to healthy living and chronic diseases.

There are no pre-requisites to attend these lectures and they are open to the public from high school students to retirees. Each lecture will combine basic science with real life clinical situations in order to give Calgarians a better understanding of the effects of chronic diseases on the body. Each presenter is highly respected in their field of research, and is a current member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases at the Cumming School of Medicine with the University of Calgary.

There is no cost to attend a lecture but online registration is required. We look forward to seeing you at our lectures.

Mini-Medical School will take place one Monday evening a month from 6:30-8:7:15pm and they will all take place online via ZOOM.  

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Saquibal, Operations Coordinator at 403-220-4132 or

Next event: November 2, 2020

Presenters: Drs. Valerie Taylor & Kathy McCoy
Topic: Mental Health and the Microbiome
Registration will open shortly. 

Dr. Valerie Taylor

Dr. Valerie Taylor

Dr. Kathy McCoy

Dr. Kathy McCoy is a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, a member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, and Director of the International Microbiome Center at the University of Calgary. She is interested in the dynamic interplay between the gut microbiota and the innate and adaptive immune systems at mucosal and systemic sites. Her research aims to understand how exposure to intestinal microbes, particularly during early life, educates and regulates the immune system and how this can affect susceptibility to diseases, such as allergy, autoimmunity, and autism. Her lab also investigates how the microbiome regulates the immune system throughout life with the aim to identify microbial therapies that can be employed to enhance current therapeutic approaches.