A recap of Women Deliver, our Women's Health Research Symposium, & more!

A look back on the Fourth Annual Women's Health Research Symposium

On Friday, May 31st, 2019 the Women’s Health Research Institute welcomed over 200 members of the women’s health research community and its other stakeholders to the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre for a day spent exploring work at the forefront of global women’s health research. Our Fourth Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium was uniquely positioned as a pre-conference event for Women Deliver, which placed Vancouver at the centre of a variety of vital conversations around gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.

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$20M investment announced for research on HPV and cervical cancer

On June 4th, 2019, the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) was proud to join BC Women’s Health Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (BCWH), and representatives from the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Elimination of Cervical Cancer Task Force, and the Gynecological Cancer Initiative, to welcome The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada’s Minister of Health.

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What would it take for the province of British Columbia to Eliminate Cervical Cancer?

There were an estimated 1550 cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in Canada in 2017, with approximately 400 women dying from this preventable disease. Cervical cancer remains a public health threat to women at the prime of their lives. With access to highly effective HPV vaccines and screening technologies, we have reached a time when elimination of cervical cancer in Canada is entirely possible and within our reach.

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Dorothy Shaw is the WHRI’s 2019 recipient of the Career Contributions to Women’s Health Award


She is internationally renowned for her advocacy of women’s reproductive rights and freedoms. And in the current era where we are seeing the realities of women’s rights to access reproductive health care taken away from them, our need for champions is even more imperative. By all accounts, Dr. Dorothy Shaw embodies the label of champion.

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Vancouver welcomes Women Deliver 2019 conference

Over 8,000 people from 160+ countries congregated in the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 3-6, 2019 for Women Deliver. The environment was electrifying.

The theme of the 2019 Women Deliver conference was “Power”. We were asked repeatedly, “How will you use your power for change” as it pertains to gender equality, the rights of women and girls, and their empowerment. 

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Join us for the upcoming BC Women's Hospital Research Rounds, led by Dr. Sarah Munro! These are our last rounds for the summer. 

WHRI is pleased to announce the Graduate Research Award in Women's Health.

CIHR has launched a new Sex and Gender Chairs funding opportunity in the amount of $700,000 over 4 years, with an application deadline of Oct 8. If you are interested, please contact Bryan Wong to discuss timelines.

The 5th Internatioanl Neonatal & Maternal Immunization Symposium has issued a call for Late Breaker Abstracts.

CIHR has released new guidelines regarding “Considerations when paying patient partners in research.”

WHRI is excited to announce the launch of KT Pathways, a free digital assessment and learning tool for anyone that creates or uses research evidence.

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot project in partnership with Perinatal Services BC that will provide streamlined and efficient access to data within the BC Perinatal Data Registry (BCPDR).
Congratulations to the recipients of the Women's Global Health Research Trainee Awards!

An article co-authored by Dr. WS Chan was recently published in Stroke

Dr. Roopan Gill has been featured in the news for her work on a web-portal providing post-abortion support

Dr. Sarah Munro discusses Canada’s C-section rate on the Family Matters podcast

Drs. Beth Payne and Roopan Gill were featured by the CBC

Research team led by Erin Michalak wins CIHR Gold Leaf Award for work in patient enagement

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