Do you have evidence that is ready for implementation? If so, the WHRI is pleased to announce that on Friday October 13, 2017 we are co-hosting “Read
BC Women’s Hospital Research Rounds
Women’s Health Research Institute is proud to host the monthly BC Women’s Hospital Research Rounds. The Rounds occurs every 3rd Friday of each month, from 08:00-09:00 am, located in the Shaughnessy building in room D308. Drinks and snacks are also provided. Presentations files may be available after the presentation date.
In the Media
WHRI researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman has been featured in CBC News discussing women’s rights in physician offices while ingesting mifepristone. Dr. Norman discusses a myth that exists which claims physicians are required to watch a patient ingest mifepristone — one of a two-drug combination packed together as Mifegymiso, for medical abortions. “The evidence is clear that having … Continue reading “WHRI researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman, is featured in a CBC Health news story”
WHRI Member, Dr. KS Joseph, Studies How Parenting Affects Younger Moms’ Mental Health vs. Older Moms’ Mental Health
WHRI Member, Dr. KS Joseph, and Giulia Muraca have recently conducted a study looking at how parenting affects younger mothers mental health compared to older mothers mental health. Data from women between the ages of 20-44 was used in this study, stratifying women according to whether they had a live birth within five years preceding each participants … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Dr. KS Joseph, Studies How Parenting Affects Younger Moms’ Mental Health vs. Older Moms’ Mental Health”
Recently our Communications Assistant, Rebecca Tingling, had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kendall Ho, Lead of UBC’s Digital Emergency Medicine and Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ho has been an active Twitter user for over 6 years and we wanted to hear his advice and lessons learned for other researchers who may … Continue reading “How Can Twitter Benefit Researchers? Ask the Expert!”
On Wednesday, October 25th 2017, Simon Fraser University and the Women’s Health Research Institute will be hosting the Women’s Health Research Symposium taking place at the Diamond Alumni Centre. The symposium will examine diversity across disciplines, decades and distances to continue the discussion surrounding women’s health and health research.
WHRI Member, Dr. Wendy Norman, is featured in CBC Health News for writing an editorial accompanying the new study surrounding telemedicine. Dr. Norman discusses the role telemedicine could play in countries where abortion services are highly restricted, suggesting women in these areas could use telemedicine to connect with a doctor and safely terminate their pregnancies at home.
WHRI Member, Dr. Ruth Martin, featured in Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen and The Times Colonist
WHRI member, Dr. Ruth Martin, is featured in articles in Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen and The Times Colonist discussing the damaging separation effects due to lack of mother-child bonding time in Canadian correctional facilities.
WHRI member, Dr. K.S. Joseph, is featured in articles in CTV News, and Science Daily. Research led by Dr. Joseph is the first study in Canada looking at pregnancy outcomes in reduced multi-fetal pregnancies resulting from fertility treatment. Joseph links fetal reduction in multi-fetal pregnancies with better birth outcomes, suggesting the selective reduction technique is … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Dr. K.S Joseph, featured in CTV News and Science Daily”
WHRI Member, Dr. Paul Yong, Recent Findings Featured in Vancouver Sun and New England Journal of Medicine
Dr. Paul Yong and colleagues were featured in an article by the Vancouver Sun for their recent findings regarding endometriosis after discovering gene mutations in the pelvic lesions of women with endometriosis which are similar to those found in cancerous tissue. The findings of this study were published this week in the New England Journal … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Dr. Paul Yong, Recent Findings Featured in Vancouver Sun and New England Journal of Medicine”
Dr. Lori Brotto was featured in an article by CBC news for her presentation at the recent Sexual Health 2017 Conference. Dr. Brotto spoke about the key research findings in sexuality over the last year and offered doctors skills for treating and talking about sexual health issues with their patients.
The WHRI’s Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, wrote an editorial in the Vancouver Sun in honour of International Women’s Day. Read Lori’s article here: Opinion: Sexual desire is mainly in the mind
The work of Dr. Gina Ogilvie and her research team on HPV Testing in self collected samples in Uganda is being featured in this month’s HPV World newsletter.
You can view the full newsletter here: HPV WORLD_FEBRUARY_2017
WHRI researcher, Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin, wrote an article for The Vanier Institute of the Family about how to best support the health of mothers and their babies in the context of incarceration.
Supporting the Health of Mothers and Their Babies in the Context of Incarceration
WHRI researcher, Sarah Munro, spoke to CBC news about her latest findings showing that more women in B.C. are choosing to have repeat Caesarean sections than women in other parts of Canada.
Global news video on ‘BC Doctors opposing Health Canada on the dispensing of the abortion pill’, featuring an interview with Dr. Wendy Norman:
B.C. doctors oppose Health Canada over dispensing abortion pill
CBC news story on the dispensing of the new abortion drug featuring WHRI members Dr. Wendy Norman and Dr. Judith Soon
In the News
Saving Brains has just announced a $250,000 funding opportunity that aims to address the risk factors children living in adversity face by providing innovative solutions to promote health and nutrition, and protect against maltreatment. This funding opportunity is open to applicants in low and middle income countries, as well as Canada, with the ultimate goal … Continue reading “New Funding Opportunity to Protect and Nurture Early Child Development!”
Place of birth is known to affect health outcomes, specifically when comparing women who give birth at home with women who give birth in a hospital or centre. While there are many studies that examine this difference, different conclusions are often drawn regarding the safety of home, birth centre, or hospital. To address this inconsistency, … Continue reading “Dr. Saraswathi Vedam Creates New Tool to Rate the Quality of Research in Place of Birth Outcomes!”
Do you have any patient-oriented research project, completed in whole or in part? The BC Support Unit want to help you get your patient-oriented research project out to your colleagues! Send in any patient-oriented research to the BC SUPPORT Unit at email@example.com for the chance to: Have your poster promoted on the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Posters … Continue reading “BC SUPPORT Unit Calls for Abstracts!”
This year’s theme for world sexual health day is Love, Bonding, and Intimacy. This theme goes beyond the current definition of “intimacy” which almost always implies being sexual with another person. It aims to break the idea that sexuality is just having sex, integrating the emotional aspects of it, and the human need for bonding. … Continue reading “BC Womens Hospital Research Rounds, in celebration of World Sexual Health Day 2017”
The Mission of the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is to: Create new knowledge and evidence-based solutions that inform and transform the health and health care of women and their families. Guided by this mission, for the past several years, the WHRI has organized its research around seven research themes, representing the scope of research … Continue reading “WHRI Themes Have Been Updated!”
On Thursday September 28th the Women’s Health Research Institute will be hosting a public forum entitled Aging Well for Women: How to Optimize Your Health Through Perimenopause, Menopause & Beyond. Dr. Nicole Todd, Joanie Sims-Gould, Liisa Galea, and WHRI Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, will speak at the forum to discus topics such as hormones, … Continue reading “Save-The-Date: Aging Well for Women”
The Women’s Health Research Institute is proud to announce the establishment of a new salary award for a clinician-scientist in the UBC Department of Medical Genetics, funded by the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation. The award will allow the clinician to devote 30 hours/week to research, and will serve as a major catalyst for the incumbent’s … Continue reading “WHRI Announcing New Salary Award!”
Do you have evidence that is ready for implementation? If so, the WHRI is pleased to announce that on Friday October 13, 2017 we are co-hosting “Ready, Set, Go! Moving Evidence into Practice and Policy”, a FREE full-day workshop with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. What is this about? This workshop will focus … Continue reading “Save-The-Date: Ready, Set, Go! Moving Evidence into Practice and Policy”
The WHRI is proud to announce two of our highly respected researchers, Dr. Sarka Lisonkova and Dr. Elizabeth Rideout, were 2017 Scholar Award recipients through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)! Each year, MSFHR invests in British Columbia’s top researchers to continue to nurture their talent, advance new treatments and respond to health … Continue reading “WHRI Researchers Recipients of MSFHR Scholar Awards!”
WHRI Member, Nichole Fairbrother, has been featured on CBC news for her upcoming study which investigates why some pregnant women experience a fear of childbirth, so severe it has a debilitating effect on their lives. The study is hoping to develop a screening tool that will allow researchers to distinguish between women who are suffering from a … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Nichole Fairbrother, Featured on CBC News for Upcoming Childbirth Study”
Every year, approximately 1 in 4 Canadians die from cancer, Canada’s leading cause of pre-mature death. Nationally, cancer mortality rates are declining overall but despite progress, the cancer burden is not evenly distributed across Canada. For example, geographic differences exist and cancer mortality rates are highest in Canada’s northern territories. Further, cancer information for Northern Canadians … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Jonathan Simkin, Discusses Elevated Cancer mortality in Yukon”
The Women’s Health Research Institute is very excited to report that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently announced that Canada will be hosting the upcoming Women Deliver Conference here in Vancouver (June 3 – 6, 2019). The official Vancouver launch will be in the Fall, and we expect to learn more about how the WHRI … Continue reading “Vancouver to Host the Upcoming Women Deliver 2019 Conference!”
Written by Liisa Galea: On April 10, 2017, the Fundamental Science Review, written by nine experts in science and technology, was released to the public. The Honourable Kristy Duncan commissioned the review of federal support for science, the first of its kind over the last 40 years. The mandate included a review of all disciplines, … Continue reading “Want More Funding for Research in Women’s Health? Support the Report!”
The World Congress on Endometriosis, hosted this year by the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis, took place at the Vancouver Convention Center. Led by our very own Dr. Catherine Allaire, this year’s congress included over 120 presentations and 1100 delegates from 58 different countries around the world. Topics included the latest developments in … Continue reading “Successful Engagement: 13th Annual World Congress on Endometriosis”
WHRI member, Dr. Ron Abrahams, Medical Director of Perinatal Addictions, along with Sarah Payne, RN, MA, former Senior Practice Leader of Perinatal Addictions and Manager of Fir Square, will be receiving the Meritorious Service Cross this year. The Meritorious Service Decorations, created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, are federal decorations that recognize Canadians for their … Continue reading “WHRI member, Dr. Ron Abrahams, receives the Meritorious Service Cross!”
On Monday May 15th, results from the CIHR 2017 Foundation and Project competition were released, revealing multiple WHRI members who were recently awarded funding to further explore crucial women’s health areas of research. WHRI members received more than $1.8 million in new grants and awards. Congratulations to: : WHRI member, Deborah Money, along with co-investigators, … Continue reading “WHRI Members Receive CIHR Grants!”
Award Announcement: WHRI Team Member’s Win the 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Student Case Competition!
The WHRI is proud to announce two of our team members, Felicia Phan and Selina Suleman, were members of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) winning team for the 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Student Case Competition (CES-CEDEF). CES-CEDEF is an annual event that is designed to give first-hand experience in both evaluative analysis and … Continue reading “Award Announcement: WHRI Team Member’s Win the 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Student Case Competition!”
Endometriosis is a condition found in 10% of women which is caused when the endometrium, tissue lining the inside of the uterus, grows abnormally outside of one’s uterus resulting in severe pain and in some cases, infertility. WHRI member, Dr. Paul Yong, and Dr.Mike Anglesio, a scientist at the BC Cancer Research Centre, recent findings, … Continue reading “Ground-Breaking Study: Cancer-Causing Mutations Found to be Associated with Endometriosis”
In response to a recent survey and in alignment with our strategic aim to improve Knowledge Translation (KT) activity, the WHRI offered a one-day Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT) with KT Expert, Dr. Melanie Barwick, to members on April 25th. Dr. Barwick provided insight into KT Planning, Strategies, Implementation and Scholarship. Members finished with a KT … Continue reading “KT Corner”
On March 2, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit with women’s health researchers at Island Health Authority and the University of Victoria. After an interactive and engaging rounds presentation at Victoria General Hospital, I had an opportunity to meet with researchers, clinicians, and hospital operations managers. I learned that the South Island BC Support … Continue reading “Dr. Lori Brotto Trip: Island Health Authority and University of Victoria”
The Second Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium that took place on April 26th at the UBC NEST was a tremendous success, with over 150 attendees. The symposium allowed women’s health researchers to highlight new research findings, and allowed researchers from a wide range of disciplines to connect with one another. Many of the attendees, as well … Continue reading “The Second Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium: Successful Engagement!”
On April 26th, the 2nd annual Women’s Health Research Symposium was hosted by the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) at the AMS Nest Building at the University of British Columbia. The conference was attended by over 150 researchers and investigators from a wide range of disciplines who came together to celebrate the current research being … Continue reading “The Second Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium 2017”
Madame Sophie Trudeau: Special Guest Appearance at the Second Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium!
Madame Sophie Trudeau kindly provided the Women’s Health Research Symposium with a video message thanking the WHRI for organizing such a successful event. Madame Trudeau discussed the positive impact on women’s health the symposium has had, and the importance of discussing intersecting issues such as marginalization and stigma – key topics at this year’s symposium. Moreover, Madame … Continue reading “Madame Sophie Trudeau: Special Guest Appearance at the Second Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium!”
Recently, Stage 2 of the peer review for the current Project Grant Competition was concluded to be unsustainable on multilevels by Roderick McInnes, the Acting President of CIHR. Due to this there will be significant changes made to the process of grant completions. The Project Grant Competition registration that was to close on May 30, … Continue reading “CIHR Funding Announcement: Delay of next Project Grant Competition”
The Women’s Health Research Institute is very pleased to announce that Dr. Jerilynn Prior has been awarded our 2017 Knowledge Translation in Women’s Health Research Award. The award is an opportunity to recognize excellence in knowledge translation from a women’s or newborn health researcher in British Columbia. Given Dr. Prior’s research conducted at the Centre for Menstrual … Continue reading “Dr. Jerilynn Prior – Recipient of the Knowledge Translation in Women’s Health Research Award”
Dr. Joseph Ting – Recipient of the Early Career Investigator in Women’s Health Research Award The Women’s Health Research Institute is very pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Ting has been awarded our 2017 Early Career Investigator in Women’s Health Research Award. This award is to recognize excellence in an early career investigator from British Columbia … Continue reading “Dr. Joseph Ting – Recipient of the Early Career Investigator in Women’s Health Research Award”
The Women’s Health Research Institute is very pleased to announce that Dr. Deborah Money has been awarded our inaugural Career Contribution to Women’s Health Research Award. This award is given annually to a British Columbian researcher who has made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to women’s health research in the province and globally during their … Continue reading “Dr. Deborah Money receives the Career Contribution to Women’s Health Research Award”
Dr. Lori Brotto was featured in an article by CBC news for her presentation at the recent Sexual Health 2017 Conference. Dr. Brotto spoke about the key research findings in sexuality over the last year and offered doctors skills for treating and talking about sexual health issues with their patients.
Congratulations to the WHRI’s Elizabeth McClymont and Dr. Chelsea Elwood for being awarded best Graduate Student and Best Fellow presentations at last Wednesday’s UBC Department of OBGYN Academic Day. Elizabeth McClymont, a Master’s student in Reproductive Sciences working with supervisor Dr. Deborah Money, received the Best Graduate Student award for her presentation, “Two-Year Efficacy of the … Continue reading “WHRI Award Winners: UBC Department of OBGYN Academic Day”
Last Wednesday, March 8th, the Women’s Health Research Institute hosted an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. This free event was open to the public with presentations from a panel of experts in women’s health who shared the latest recommendations for a variety of health topics. Events such as these are crucial in empowering women … Continue reading “International Women’s Day Event #BeBoldForChange”
The WHRI is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Research and Technology Development Office (RTDO) at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute to now offer grant facilitation support to WHRI members. Our new grant facilitator, Amber Hui, has a Masters degree in Social and Personality Psychology from the City University of New … Continue reading “New WHRI Grant Facilitation Services”
BC population-based study examines the link between diabetes medications and the risk of endometrial cancer
It is well recognized that women with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer. There are various pharmacotherapy options for diabetes, including metformin and thiazolidinediones, which reduce insulin levels (insulin-sensitizing drugs), and secretagogues, which increase circulating insulin levels. As hyperinsulinemia is recognized as a risk factor for the development of endometrial … Continue reading “BC population-based study examines the link between diabetes medications and the risk of endometrial cancer”
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Jan Christilaw has been appointed to the Order of Canada, which was announced by the Right Honourable David Johnston over the holidays. Dr. Christilaw has spent her career working to improve health outcomes and building capacity of health care providers here in BC, throughout Canada and the … Continue reading “Dr. Jan Christilaw appointed as Member to the Order of Canada”
CIHR has created a new Gender Equity Framework which aims to create an equitable funding system by identifying and eliminating biases towards any individual or group that would hinder access to CIHR funds. 04-1-cihrs-gender-equity-framework_uds
Congratulations to Liz McClymont, Bernard Duval Bursary recipient, Dr. Money and the HPV in HIV Team!
We would like to congratulate Liz McClymont, a master’s student in Reproductive Sciences working with supervisor Dr. Deborah Money, for receiving the Bernard Duval Bursary for first place poster at the 2016 Canadian Immunization Conference, in Ottawa, Ontario. Liz presented data from the “HPV in HIV Study”, reporting on cervical dysplasia and attributable HPV types in … Continue reading “Congratulations to Liz McClymont, Bernard Duval Bursary recipient, Dr. Money and the HPV in HIV Team!”
WHRI Investigator, Dr. Deborah Money, publishes on the safety of and immune response to the HPV vaccine in HIV positive women
WHRI Investigator Dr. Deborah Money, leading the HPV in HIV Team, published in “Vaccine”! The team reports on their national study of the HPV vaccine in women living with HIV. The HPV vaccine was well-tolerated with promising indicators of effectiveness in preventing HPV infection and associated cervical cancer in women living with HIV. http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0264410X16306739
WHRI researcher, Sarah Munro, spoke to CBC news about her latest findings showing that more women in B.C. are choosing to have repeat Caesarean sections than women in other parts of Canada. Follow the link to the full article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-c-section-1.3886593
Angeli Rawat, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working with Dr. Gina Ogilvie, has created a photo story based on her work in Sierra Leone. This video was made in response to a call for multimedia submissions that bring the voice of community health workers and their experiences during the Ebola response.
WHRI investigator Dr. Deborah Money and team report on their study of the vaginal microbiome in women following PPROM
WHRI investigator Dr. Deborah Money and team report on their study of the vaginal microbiome in women following preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). Read the full article published today in PLOS ONE: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0166794
Message to members from Dr. Lori Brotto: A history of the WHRI The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) was proudly established by BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre in March 2005 after the Ministry of Health announced it would provide $2M in funding to create an Institute designed specifically to address the growing need for … Continue reading “Message to members from Dr. Lori Brotto: A history of the WHRI”
We are excited to welcome Angeli as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with WHRI. For almost 15 years, Angeli has been working to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries. She has worked in the areas of cancer care and control, HIV and maternal and child health from Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East … Continue reading “Welcome Angeli Rawat”
Last Thursday, We had a special gathering in the SHY auditorium to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of WHRI. The institute has come a long way, and as part of the celebration we learned about all the amazing work in women’s health research. WHRI is one of only two research entities in Canada that focus solely … Continue reading “Women’s Health Research Institute celebrates 10 years!”
It with great pleasure, I would like to let you all know that Aman Kahlon is the new Executive Assistant for the WHRI! Aman is well known to all of you as she was previously the Administrative Assistant with WHRI for the past 2 years. I have been extremely impressed by Aman’s efficiency, her skills … Continue reading “Welcome Aman Kahlon! Our New WHRI Executive Assistant”
WHRI Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, is featured in a news article about age-related vaginal atrophy
Follow the link to the full article: http://vancouversun.com/health/sexual-health/vaginal-rejuvenation-a-reality-check-on-the-latest-baby-boomer-health-trend
Today we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Health Research Institute. We received a letter of congratulations from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to mark the occasion.
WHRI member, Dr. Wendy Norman, advocates for Health Canada to lift heavy regulations placed on a new abortion pill that will soon be available to Canadian women.
Read more in the full article appearing in today’s Vancouver Sun: http://vancouversun.com/health/family-child/sexual-health-advocates-battle-to-ease-abortion-pill-hurdles-before-canadian-debut
Congratulations to WHRI staff member, Evelyn Maan on being awarded the 2016 UBC President’s Service Award for Excellence
We are very proud to announce that Evelyn Maan, WHRI Staff Member has been awarded the 2016 UBC President’s Service Award for Excellence. Evelyn is one of only five recipients of the 2016 award, the top award presented to UBC staff in recognition of excellence in personal achievements and contributions to UBC. Evelyn has been … Continue reading “Congratulations to WHRI staff member, Evelyn Maan on being awarded the 2016 UBC President’s Service Award for Excellence”
WHRI member, Dr. Valorie Crooks challenges the results of a Fraser Institute study on the number of Canadians seeking health care services abroad
Read more in the full article appearing in the Vancouver Sun: http://vancouversun.com/health/local-health/about-45000-canadians-treated-abroad-in-2015-but-experts-question-study
We are very excited to announce that WHRI investigator, Dr. Dorothy Shaw, has published an article in the Lancet regarding drivers of maternity care in high-income countries.
In the paper, Dr. Shaw and her colleagues present the main care delivery models in high-income countries, with case studies from the USA and Sweden, and examine the main driver of these models. Follow the link to access the abstract: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31527-6/abstract http://www.bcwomens.ca/about/news-stories/the-lancet-maternal-health-series-launches-in-ottawa
The team reports on their national study of the HPV vaccine in women living with HIV. The HPV vaccine was well-tolerated with promising indicators of effectiveness in preventing HPV infection and associated cervical cancer in women living with HIV. Read the early release article here: http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0264410X16306739
Congratulations to MPH practicum student Felicia Phan for receiving the Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Award
The award is a CIHR-funded program in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada that recognizes several skills and attributes including strong academic performance, critical thinking, originality, and commitment to applying knowledge to improve evidence-based decision-making in public health. The purpose of this practicum award program is to strengthen public health capacity in Canada, … Continue reading “Congratulations to MPH practicum student Felicia Phan for receiving the Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Award”
Recent study by WHRI Associate member, Dr. K.S. Joseph, and colleagues analyzing the records of almost 6 million Canadian births found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 per cent drop overall in rates of congenital heart defects in babies. Click here to read the full news article in today’s Vancouver Sun
We would like to congratulate Dr. Dorothy Shaw, VP Medical Affairs for BC Women’s Hospital, for recently being appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. As many of you may know, Dr. Shaw has worked tirelessly as an advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights. She is receiving the Order for her contributions … Continue reading “Dr. Dorothy Shaw appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada”
We would like to congratulate Liz McClymont, a Masters student in Reproductive Sciences working under supervisor Dr. Deborah Money (WHRI Member), for receiving the Best Young Investigator award at the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s recently held annual scientific meeting
Just in time for back to school, WHRI Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, discusses one of her biggest pet peeves about sexual health education
Read the full article in the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/back-to-school/sexual-health-education-needs-to-call-body-parts-by-their-names/article31550950/?
We would like to congratulate, Jennifer Bossio, on receiving a 2016 MSFHR Trainee Award. Jennifer will be working with WHRI investigator Dr. Lori Brotto as a Post-Doctoral Fellow starting September 1, and her project will focus on developing couple-based interventions focused on the sexual-health needs of prostate cancer survivors. Here is more information about the … Continue reading “Jennifer Bossio, receives a 2016 MSFHR Trainee Award”
We would like to congratulate, Sarah Munro, on receiving a 2016 MSFHR Trainee Award. Sarah will be working with WHRI investigator Dr. Wendy Norman as a Post-Doctoral Fellow starting in August. Here is more information about the MSFHR Trainee awards and this year’s recipients:http://www.msfhr.org/news/msfhr-news/msfhr-announces-2016-trainee-award-recipients.
WHRI investigator, Dr. Deborah Money, was recently interviewed about the current state of Zika-affected pregnancies in Canada
Seven confirmed cases of Zika virus in pregnant women in Canada- but true number may be much higher..Continue Reading Here
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lori Brotto to the position of Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Brotto has a PhD in Psychology from UBC. She also trained at the University of Washington where she completed a one-year internship in the … Continue reading “New Executive Director of WHRI – Welcome Dr. Lori Brotto!”
We would like to congratulate WHRI investigator, Dr. Patricia Janssen, for receiving the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of Research and the Sciences. This award celebrates Dr. Janssen’s body of research on the promotion of healthy pregnancy and birth, particularly among marginalized women. The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals … Continue reading “Dr. Patricia Janssen receives a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award”
At the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians Conference in Vancouver, WHRI investigator Dr. Gina Ogilvie presents evidence that the HPV vaccine could lead to the eradication of cervical cancer
Just a decade after its introduction, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is so effective it could “eradocate” cervical cancer in the next few decades.. Read More Here
Congratulations to Clara Van Ommen, a summer student working with WHRI member Dr. Melanie Murray, who received a 2016 HIVMA Medical Student Program Award for her work on a study of HIV and ovarian aging. Clara was the only Canadian student to win this award in 2016! Here is more information about the award and … Continue reading “Congratulations to Clara Van Ommen, a summer student working with WHRI member Dr. Melanie Murray”
Congratulations to WHRI investigator Dr. Kelly Smith for receiving the 2016 Nelly Auersperg Award in Women’s Health Research
Congratulations to Dr Kelly Smith in being the recipient of the Nelly Auersperg Award. This award supports pilot studies in women’s health which aim to generate preliminary data, test new approaches, methodologies or tools. The funding supports activities that will enable the pursuit of more ambitious studies and foster further funding applications.
A new University of British Columbia study shows that genetic counselling helps patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorders understand and cope with their illness. This is among the first studies to show the value of genetic counselling for psychiatric illnesses and researchers argue that the service should be made available to them. Genetic counselling … Continue reading “Genetic counselling should be offered to psychiatric patients: UBC study”
The Zika virus is an emerging concern for women and their medical providers worldwide. The associations with of Zika virus in pregnant women with microcephaly in their infants are very worrisome, especially since most cases in pregnant women are asymptomatic. For non-obstetric providers, sexual transmission has now been confirmed, and raises other public health issues. … Continue reading “The Zika virus is an emerging concern for women and their medical providers worldwide”
Dr. Deborah Money, has recently been appointed Executive Vice Dean, UBC, Faculty of Medicine, effective April 1, 2016. In taking her new position, she will be stepping down from her roles as Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute and VP, Research at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. The organizations are actively looking … Continue reading “Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Money”
BC Women’s physician and WHRI Investigator, receives the prestigious Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. Dr. Wendy Norman was awarded the prestigious Darroch Award on January 19 in New York City. The Darroch Award, sponsored by the Guttmacher Institute, recognizes an emerging leader who is a researcher in the field of … Continue reading “Congratulations to WHRI Member Dr. Wendy Norman on receiving PHSA+ award”
Congratulations to Women’s Health Research Institute Members for their success in the recent CIHR Competition for Foundation and Operating Grants. Dr. Gina Ogilvie Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Senior Advisor, Research at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and Assistant Director of the WHRI is awarded a Foundation Grant of $2,714,493 for the Integrated Global Control of … Continue reading “Women’s Health Recognized through CIHR Foundation and Operating Grants”
WHRI researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman, is being featured in the current issue of the journal “Canadian Family Physician”. Dr. Norman also is well known for her leadership in a national collaboration the Canadian Contraception Access Research Team (CART/ GRAC www.cart-grac.ubc.ca) which aims to ensure equal access to family planning knowledge and services available for women … Continue reading “WHRI Member Dr. Wendy Norman is being featured in Canadian Family Practice”
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) awards UBC $827,000 for research in maternal and infant health taking place at BC Women’s Hospital. The funds were awarded to study recent advances in ultrasound technology through PRIME -Perinatal Research Imaging Evaluation which will be led by BC Women’s Radiologist, and UBC clinical professor, Dr. Denise Pugash. The newly … Continue reading “Congratulations to Dr. Denise Pugash for PRIME!”
The Health Research Caucus event on Global Health and Innovation was held on May 11, 2015 on Parliament Hill. See photos below from the event:
This year’s Nelly Auersperg Award Recipients are Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy and Dr. Flora Teng. Dr. Bedaiwy is researching the potential use of gonadotropic releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists as an alternative therapy to treat ectopic pregnancy. Dr. Teng’s work is in developing and piloting a contraceptive decision tool for Canadians and looking to generate tailored women-centered … Continue reading “2015 Nelly Auersperg Award Recipients: Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy and Dr. Flora Teng”
Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons is successful in his bid for the first Fellowship in Family Planning in Canada
Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Abortion & reproductive Education (CARE) Program at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Gynaecology & Obstetrics at the University of British Columbia, has successfully obtained a Fellowship in Family Planning opportunity for Vancouver. This news is history in … Continue reading “Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons is successful in his bid for the first Fellowship in Family Planning in Canada”
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