Norman Bethune Symposium 2021: Poster Presentations & Video Poster Pitches

Scientists presenting their posters and chatting with attendees at the 2019 Norman Bethune Symposium


The Centre for Blood Research (CBR) is excited to share poster presentations and video poster pitches from our 10th Annual Norman Bethune Symposium. Created by undergraduates and graduate trainees, these submissions cover a variety of important topics, from assessing the effectiveness of cold-stored platelets in trauma patients to characterizing the binding mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

In advance of the event, we’ve shared both the posters and video poster pitches for attendees to peruse at their convenience. Remember to vote for your favourite video poster pitch, and attend the live virtual poster session from 9:10-9:40 am PT on Tuesday May 18 during the symposium.




Posters & Video Poster Pitches

View a playlist of all the video poster pitches below or on YouTube:


People’s Choice Award for Video Poster Pitches

OPEN TO ALL SYMPOSIUM ATTENDEES: Vote for your favourite video poster pitch below or through this link (will open in a new tab):

Please only submit one vote. Prizes will be awarded!


Poster Judging Instructions & Judging Form

This section is intended for only for the poster judges.

Before the Event:

  • *Please install and use the latest version of Zoom Client for Meetings on your desktop to ensure the poster session runs smoothly.*
  • The Zoom “Self-select Breakout Rooms” feature will be used to facilitate the poster session. If you are unsure if you have the latest version of Zoom, please check this video to learn how to update your account:
  • poster session rehearsal is scheduled on May 17, 2021 from 10-11 am PT for those who would like to familiarize themselves with Zoom and ask any questions to the event organizers. Please contact for meeting details.
  • Please note that the poster presenters may be making final poster adjustments after this time, and the posters being presented during the Symposium may look slightly different.


During the Event:

  • The live poster presentation session will occur from 9:10-9:40 am PT on May 18, 2021.
  • 30 minutes is allotted for the session, but presenters may continue to their discuss during the break that follows.
  • Each poster presenter will be assigned to their own Zoom breakout room. The presenter will share their poster PDF using the ‘screen share’ function on Zoom, walkthrough their poster and answer any questions from the attendees in the breakout room. As a poster judge, you will be able to enter and leave the poster breakout rooms freely.
  • After judging the posters, please submit your judging form by 2:20 pm PT on May 18, 2021. The form can be found below or through this link (will open in a new tab):


Poster Judging Criteria:

You will be judging 2 to 3 posters based on the following criteria:

  • Overall appearance: The poster is legible and not cluttered with text; any visuals used are effective.
  • Organization & flow: The components of the poster are organized in a logical flow.
  • Clarity of content: Sufficient background information is provided and the research being communicated is easy to understand.
  • Quality of poster presentation: The presenter explained the poster clearly, demonstrated content knowledge and was able to answer questions.

This form is ONLY for poster judges. It is also available here (will open in a new tab):