$20M investment announced for research on HPV and cervical cancer

On June 4th, 2019, the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) was proud to join BC Women’s Health Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (BCWH), and representatives from the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Elimination of Cervical Cancer Task Force, and the Gynecological Cancer Initiative, to welcome The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada’s Minister of Health.

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BC Women’s Health Foundation funding announcement, June 4, 2019. Photo by Darryl Dyck

Minister Taylor announced that the Federal Government would be investing $10M in funding to advance the research happening nationally to work toward the elimination of cervical cancer.

Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Senior Advisor, Research at BCWH and Assistant Director at WHRI, is at the forefront of this work, as the lead investigator on multiple research projects in the areas of HPV screening, self-collection, and vaccination.

Dr. Ogilvie followed Minister Taylor to deliver a speech which highlighted her team’s determination to position Canada as a global leader in the work toward the elimination of cervical cancer.

Dr. Ogilvie also announced that BC Women’s Health Foundation would be matching the federal government’s investment, for a total of $20M in funding toward education, improvements to screening, vaccination, and self-collection.