Student Science Conference

University Sciences students experimenting in the lab.

April 2024 Conference

The Annual Student Science Conference showcases projects and research done by Red Deer Polytechnic students in science courses. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jeff Biernaskie

Headshot of a smiling Jeff Biernaskie

Dr. Biernaskie completed his BSc in Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. He earned a PhD in Neuroscience at Memorial University studying the effects of focused rehabilitative experience on brain plasticity following stroke. He completed postdoctoral training with Freda Miller and David Kaplan studying skin and neural stem cell biology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2009, he joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, where is he currently a Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and he holds the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society Chair in Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing.  In 2019, he was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Research Interests: His research program is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote fibrotic versus regenerative healing with the goal of developing treatments to restore organ function following injury or disease. His group is also interested in how skin and brain stem/progenitor cells are regulated during homeostasis and how factors like injury, advanced aging and the immune system impact their function.

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Past Student Submissions

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About the event
Friday, Apr 5 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, Apr 6 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Red Deer Polytechnic
Main Campus, Forum and Margaret Parsons Theatre
Applied Research
Students - Register Your Submission for the Conference