WHRI August eBlast

Save-the-Date: Aging Well for Women, Public Forum!


On Thursday September 28th the Women's Health Research Institute will be hosting a public forum titled "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, exercise, memory and intimacy. This is a free event and we encourage everyone to attend! Please RSVP via email at whri_cwbc@cw.bc.ca.


Free Knowledge Translation Workshop For Our Members!


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. This workshop is designed for project teams who have a knowledge translation plan ready for implementation and will focus on how to mobilize an established body of evidence into action. Dr. Donna Lockett, KT specialist and co-founder of Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT), will be leading the workshop and will teach participants about evidence-informed practical tools and strategies for putting knowledge into action in a practice or policy setting.

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Prestley, Research Manager, at Nicole.Prestley@cw.bc.ca or 604-875-2424 ext 4956. For more information, please click here.


Meet our Knowledge Translation Specialist, Nicole Prestley


Nicole Prestley is a Research Manager and Knowledge Translation Specialist at the Women’s Health Research Institute.  Nicole has over ten years’ experience working in a health care research environment.  In addition to her extensive research facilitation skills, she is the point person for KT mentorship support for WHRI members and staff. 

She is well-seasoned in the practice of stakeholder engagement and planning necessary to take evidence to the stage of implementation.  Ms Prestley has completed formal Knowledge Translation training through the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate from the University of Toronto and SickKids Learning Institute, as well as Planning for Implementation & Sustainability from Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. 


Introducing $150,000 Salary Award!

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 Genomic Medicine Clinician Scientist Salary Award will allow a clinician to devote 30 hours/week to research, and will serve as a major catalyst for the incumbent’s research success. Applications will be accepted until September 30/17 and should be sent to whri_cwbc@cw.bc.ca.

research themes updated

WHRI Research Themes Have Been Updated!

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 led by its members. These have included: Women-specific cancers; Chronic disease; Sexual & Reproductive health; Maternal, Fetal, & Newborn health; Global Health; Genomics & Personalized health; and Reproductive Infectious Disease. Over the past several months, the WHRI, together with its Scientific Advisory group, a cross-pillar and multidisciplinary team of scientists, have critically examined our themes with the goal of better reflecting the work of its membership, and also identifying areas of women’s health research where there may be opportunities. The result of this process led to the creation of four themes:

  1. Acute and Chronic Diseases
  2. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  3. Health Services & Systems
  4. Population & Public Health

Want More Funding for Research in Women’s Health? #SupportTheReport

  naylor report

On April 10th, 2017 the Fundamental Science Review was published, reviewing all basic and applied disciplines. While we would like to see funding for women's health become a priority, funding must increase across disciplines collectively. We strongly encourage all of our members to join the conversation and publicly #SupportTheReport with strong and positive messages. In addition to this, we encourage everyone to invite their local members of parliament to visit their research labs to encourage political support for research funding, by highlighting the impact of local jobs and job opportunities within your laboratory. A package with helpful tools to engage our MPs has been created by the Association of Canadian Early Career Health Researchers (ACECHR), and can be found here. Other ways to #SupportTheReport include:

  • Attend meetings on Science Review of Funding in your community
  • Thank your MP for funding support and using personalized examples to indicate your support of the Fundamental Science Reviews Recommendations 
  • Keep the message POSITIVE and support ALL of the recommendations
  • Click here for more ways to support the report!

BC Womens Hospital Research Rounds, in celebration of World Sexual Health Day 2017

We welcome everyone to attend our World Sexual Health Day event along with our Research Rounds on September 15th from 8:00-9:30am on September 15th! This years theme, love, bonding and intimacy, aims to break the idea that sexuality is just having sex, integrating the emotional aspects of it, and the human need for bonding. 

In this extended rounds presentation, we will first hear from Jessica Ferreira who will present the results of her analysis of anonymous calls to the Options for Sexual Health “Sex Sense” line, from 2000-2016. Then we will hear three data blitz presentations (10 minutes each) on various sexual health research projects. Then we will have an open forum for questions and answers and networking for 30 minutes. Michelle Fortin, new Executive Director for Options for Sexual Health, will be attending this special event and we will have an opportunity to hear from Michelle her vision for how Opt can continue is strong collaborations with BC Women’s Hospital and the WHRI.


BC SUPPORT Unit Calls for Abstracts!

  BC Support Unit

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 info@bcsupportunit.ca for the chance to:

  • Have your poster promoted on the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Posters webpage and on social media channels
  • Present your poster at our inaugural conference on November 9, 2017
  • Be acknowledged in the Unit’s newsletter, The Bulletin
  • Have an electronic copy of their poster archived on our website, available online
  • If interested, present a Unit webinar on the project described in their poster

We strongly encourage students to apply!

Click here for more information. Download the printable poster here.


Grant Facilitation Support for Our Members!

Amber Hui 

As grant deadlines are quickly approaching, we are pleased to announce we are offering grant assistance and support for our members..Our Research Grant Facilitator, Amber Hui, has a Masters degree in Social and Personality Psychology from the City University of New York, and strong training in quantitative and qualitative methods. Amber has been working with the RTDO for two years, and is available to liaise with WHRI members and their teams in all aspects of the strategic planning of grants, identifying sources of funding, helping to form collaborations, and proposal development.

If you are interested in receiving grant facilitation support, or to find out more, complete the ‘Request for grant facilitation support’ form and return it to Kathryn Dewar at kdewar@cw.bc.ca.



Looking for Funding Assistance?

Labfundr (@Labfundr) is a science crowdfunding platform created to help researchers raise money for projects, travel, equipment and outreach at a time when money for science is scarce. Labfundr has the potential to fill funding gaps and engage the public about scientific research. For more information about Labfundr, please contact the founder, Eric Fisher, at contact@labfundr.ca. Click here for more information.

Reminder: Upcoming Grant Deadlines Approaching

Gentle reminder the CIHR Project Grant (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018) application deadline is approaching on September 15th, as well as the Foundation Grant (2017-2018) application deadline on September 12th.

For grant facilitation support click here.