WHRI January eBlast

Message from Dr. Lori Brotto


Greetings from the WHRI! I hope that 2017 is off to a great start for all of you. The new year brings an opportunity to refresh goals and priorities, and to that end, the WHRI has committed to further expanding on our goal of increasing capacity for women’s health researchers across BC.

First, we have recruited Dr. Liisa Galea to our team at the WHRI; she is an internationally recognized neuroscientist in the area of sex hormones and brain health and neuroplasticity. Liisa will contribute towards expanding the thematic areas of the WHRI to ensure we have cross-pillar, cross-disciplinary, and multi-methods representation in the WHRI. 

Another key addition to our services is grant facilitation, an area of need that many of you identified in our recent poll. We have partnered with the Research and Technology Development team at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute to identify a grant facilitator dedicated to the grant needs of WHRI members. Amber Hui, MA, has a background in psychology, gender studies, and women’s health, and will fill an important gap for our members. If you are interested in hearing more about Amber’s role in facilitating grants in the WHRI, attend her talk (together with Dr. Dawn McArthur) on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in the Chan Auditorium.


Planning on submitting a grant this year?

We would like to know more about the types of grants our members are planning to apply for this coming year. This information will allow us to better connect WHRI members with our new grants facilitator, Amber Hui ( 

Follow the link to the survey:


PRESENTATION: Introduction to WHRI Grant Support


Join us for a special presentation about the grant support available to WHRI members.

When: 12pm to 1pm on February 1st

Where: Chan Auditorium


Dr. Jan Christilaw appointed as Member to the Order of Canada


We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Jan Christilaw has been appointed to the Order of Canada. 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 developing world.

For her contributions, Dr. Christilaw will be appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada for her leadership in obstetrical care and international work to improve maternal health in developing countries. The Order of Canada is a distinguished honour that recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Come celebrate Dr. Christilaw’s achievement at a celebratory tea on February 9th from 12pm to 1pm in the SHY Auditorium at BC Women's Hospital.

See the full list of recently announced Order of Canada appointments here:


SAVE-THE-DATE: Women's Health Research Symposium 2017

You will soon be receiving your invitation for the Second Annual Women's Health Research Symposium, which will be taking place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the AMS NEST Building at UBC.

The theme of this year’s event will center on the issues of mental health and stigma in relation to women’s well-being. Knowledge translation and exchange will be another prominent theme of the event. 


New CIHR Social Sciences for Population Health planning grants

The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health is funding new planning grants designed to support social scientists whose work is focused on population or public health as they prepare applications for CIHR Foundation and Project grants competitions.

This funding is intended to provide social scientists with an opportunity to develop competitive grant proposals for research focused on improving the health of populations and promoting health equity in Canada and globally. 

The grants are valued at $20,000 per year for up to one year and the application deadline is February 28, 2017.