Dr. Tim Oberlander featured in the Vancouver Sun

WHRI member Dr. Tim Oberlander has been featured in the Vancouver Sun for research on the effects of pre-natal SSRI exposure in children.  Preliminary results from the longitudenal study show that children whose mothers took SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy “scored higher on computerized tests to measure thinking and memory”, although the team is “very cautious about making any firm conclusions at this point”.

Read the article here.

New publication from Dr. Lori Brotto

Better Sex Through Mindfulness book cover

Dr. Lori Brotto has a new book! In Better Sex Through Mindfulness Dr. Brotto walks readers through the different reasons that women experience decreased sexual desire, and provides mindfulness exercises that can help restore a healthy sex life.

Follow Dr. Brotto on Twitter @DrLoriBrotto and track #BetterSexThroughMindfulness to join the conversation.  And, stay tuned for Dr. Brotto’s appearance on the Savage Lovecast podcast to discuss her book with Dan Savage.

Dr. Saraswathi Vedam is in the news!

WHRI member Dr. Saraswathi Vedam has created two tools (the MADM (Mother’s Autonomy in Decision Making) Scale scale and the MORi (Mothers on Respect index) to ensure that women’s needs, respect, and autonomy are at the center of their birthing experiences.

The tools are also intended to “provide a standard way to quantify a patient’s experience”.

Read more about her work here.

Dr. Lori Brotto featured in the Vancouver Sun

WHRI’s Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, has been featured in the Vancouver Sun for her work helping men who have cancer-related erectile dysfunction rekindle their intimate relationships using mindfulness-based therapy.

Read the full article here: http://vancouversun.com/health/local-health/mindfulness-helps-couple-recover-intimacy-after-prostate-cancer

Women’s Health Research Symposium Report

On October 25 2017, the Women’s Health Research Institute, together with the Vice President Research Office at Simon Fraser University, hosted a half-day women’s health research symposium at the beautiful SFU Diamond Alumni Centre. The event was entitled, “Examining diversity across disciplines, decades, and distances”.

The event consisted of a trainee breakfast, a keynote presentation by Dr Joy Johnson, and three panels: Mapping the Future for Women’s Health research: Equity, Diversity, and Success; Harnessing New Science & Technology for Women’s Health; and Supportive Environments, Policies, and Laws for Women’s Health.

Read the full symposium report below.


#ItsNotInYourHead Dissemination Toolkit

Cartoon drawings of diverse women on a dark blue background with the caption #ItsNotInYourHead underneathHave you heard about the genital pain condition that affects up to one in ten women?

Help us spread the word about provoked vestibulodynia, or PVD, so that women can receive a diagnosis faster and know that they are not alone.

We have created a dissemination toolkit which provides information on PVD, and includes pre-written tweets and infographics to share on your social media.

Follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook @NotInYourHead17.