A SGSH research tool, 11 recommended best practices for peer review, and more
April 2018

What's new at WHRI


Have you registered for the Third Annual Women's Health Research Symposium?

This year WHRI is excited to feature Drs. Jennifer Love and Gail Murphy as this year's Keynote speakers on the topic of Women in Science. 

The Symposium will also feature spotlight talks from Drs. Kate Shannon and Joy Johnson, as well as a trainee breakfast led by Dr. Lara Boyd.

Can't make it to UBC on May 9th? Follow WHRI on Twitter and track #WHRISym18 to see the highlights!

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Dr. Anna Lehman is the 2018 recipient of the WHRI Genomic Medicine Clinician Scientist Salary Award

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Lehman, recipient of the WHRI Genomic Medicine Clinician Scientist Salary Award!  The award provides partial salary support for three years to enable an early- to mid-career clinical geneticist to become an independent clinician scientist leading a genomic medicine research program at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.

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Dr. Sarah Munro's research featured in the news

WHRI member Dr. Sarah Munro has been featured in the Vancouver Sun for her research on caesarean rates in British Columbia.

Read the full story here.

Congratulations, Yuebo!

Congratulations to Yuebo Yang, a student working with Dr. Jerilynn Prior, who has been selected to receive the Endocrine Society's 2018 Summer Research Fellowship Award, and will be attending ENDO 2019 next March.

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National Immunization Awareness Week: Working toward an STI Vaccine

April 21st - 28th is Immunization Awareness Week in Canada.  WHRI staff member Laurie Smith writes about the efforts to create an STI vaccine here.

Better Sex Through Mindfulness

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.

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SGSH Research Tool

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has created a "Sex and Gender Specific Health PubMed Search Tool".  This tool helps investigators filter their searches for gender and sex specific health literature.  It can be accessed (along with many other resources) at the Sex and Gender Specific Health website.

Read the full article, Development of a PubMed Based Search Tool for Identifying Sex and Gender Specific Health Literature, here.

Assessing Best Practices In Peer Review

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research recently conducted a review of best practices in peer review.  The review sought to answer key questions about best practices in application review processes, such as optimal application length, how best to implement a triage process for low scoring applications, and when to use face-to-face review meetings

The review resulted in 11 recommendations, all of which are in various stages of implementation. 

Read more here.

Parental Brain 2018: Biological and Behavioural Perspectives in Parental Health

What: International meeting of experts in the study of parenting, the parental brain and broad issues of parental physical and psychological health.  Symposia, keynote lectures, panel discussions and trainee poster presentations.

 July 13 – 14, 2018 

 Pier 4 & 5, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada

More information here.

Her Health Dialogue: Giving Voice to Women's Silent Health Issues

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is hosting a free public event featuring Drs. Marette Lee, Paul Yong, and Lori Brotto.

When: June 25th, 2018 at 5pm

Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre

More information here.

Early Onset Heart Disease: What's in Your Genes?

What: Join SAVE BC for an educational evening exploring the topics of heart disease and prevention with Dr. Tara Sedlack, Dr. John Mancini, Dr. Simon Pimstone, and Dr. Liam Brunham.

When: May 22nd, 2018 at 5pm

Where: Life Sciences Centre at UBC

More information here.

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