May 2018

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Third Annual Women's Health research symposium


The Third Annual Women's Health Research Symposium

The Women’s Health Research Institute held the Third Annual Women’s Research Symposium on May 9th, 2018 at the University of British Columbia’s Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.  The event welcomed over 180 attendees, comprised of members of the women’s health research community and its other stakeholders, to discuss current issues and research at the forefront of women’s health and wellbeing in the province.

Couldn't attend this year's symposium? 
Read our recap of the day here!

Congratulations to Drs. Melanie Murray and Paul Yong!

Congratulations to Drs. Melanie Murray and Paul Yong, two of the twelve recipients of the MSFHR 2018 Health Professional-Investigator Awards!

Read our interview with Dr. Murray about her project Individual disposition and mHealth: Personalized care to improve outcomes, which will explore the efficacy of text message-based antiretroviral adherence support in 300 HIV patients.

Dr. Yong’s project, Sexual pain in endometriosis: Role of somatic mutations, looks at the role of gene mutations in endometriosis sexual pain. This research could help to influence the incorporation of gene mutation testing into clinical care for endometriosis to promote more individualized care. Read our interview with Dr. Yong here.

Presenting the BC Women's Health Research Agenda

On May 9th, 2018 the Women’s Health Research Institute presented the BC Women’s Health Research Agenda at the Third Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium.

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Dr. Courtney Howard’s advice for fighting climate change with health research

Dr. Courtney Howard – an Emergency Room Physician in Yellowknife, NT and primary author on the Lancet Countdown 2017 Report: Briefing for Canadian Policymakers – joined the Women’s Health Institute to present at the Third Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium on May 9th, 2018. Her talk, Climate change and women’s health in the North, and breakout session on climate change were focused on opportunities to improve women’s health outcomes while fighting climate change.

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Congratulations to Dr. Joy Johnson!

WHRI is excited to announce that on May 9th, 2018 the second annual Career Contribution to Women’s Health Research Award was awarded to Dr. Joy Johnson, SFU Vice President, Research.

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Joy Johnson

Dr. Denise Pugash is the 2018 recipient of the Health Professional-Investigator in Women's Health Research Award!

Denise Pugash 
The Women’s Health Research Institute is delighted to announce that Dr. Denise Pugash has been named the 2018 recipient of the Health Professional Investigator in Women’s Health Research Award. 

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2018 Women's Health Research Catalyst Grants

The second annual Women's Health Research Catalyst Grant competition is now open.

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.

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.


A huge congratulations to Janet Austin, who was named BC’s newest Lieutenant Governor!  

Read our interview with Dr. Joelle LeMoult for Mental Health Week.
Dr. Soren Gantt
has been named BC Children's Hospital new Director, Clinical Research.

Dr. Caroline Cameron
was featured in the CBC for her work on developing a syphilis vaccine

Dr. Sarah Munro was featured in the news for her research on caesarean section rates in BC. 

Dr. Tim Oberlander was featured in the news for research on the effects of pre-natal SSRI exposure in children.
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