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Taking Action for Change: Dr. Deborah Money receives the IDSOG Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Deborah Money and Dr. Phil Heine 
This August, Dr. Deborah Money was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IDSOG). This award highlights a career spent changing the landscape of women’s reproductive health research both in Canada and the United States, and her determination to better the lives of women not just here in North America, but around the globe.

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Gender Equality Week 2019 Recap

For Gender Equality Week, Dr. Dorothy Shaw wrote a powerful piece about the state of gender equality in Canada, calling on others to use their voice and influence to #TakeActionForChange. ⁠

This year for Gender Equality Week, we focused on elevating the profile of work being done to #TakeActionForChange in all aspects of women's health research.

Check out some of the pieces we shared throughout the week:


Shaping a Healthy Future for Young Women

Thank you to everyone who helped make our recent public event, Shaping a Healthy Future for Young Women, a success! We welcomed over 60 attendees to the beautiful Italian Cultural Centre for an evening of presentations on young women's health, followed by a lively Q&A with our speakers.

The event was emceed by Dr. Liisa Galea, and featured talks by Drs. Monika Naus, Sarah Moore, and Dzung X. Vo, and Nicole Pasquino, spanning the topics of cervical cancer prevention and the HPV vaccine; physical activity for preventative health; mindfulness and mental wellness; and sexual health for young women.

If you have research to disseminate to a public audience, and/or an idea for a public event theme, please reach out to whri.communications@cw.bc.ca


Introducing Dr. Angela Kaida

Kaida, Angela 
We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Angela Kaida as the newest member of WHRI's Scientific Advisory Board!

Dr. Kaida is an Associate Professor and global health epidemiologist in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dr. Kaida has been awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Grand Challenges Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NICHD) to lead a community-based research program focused on factors and environments that increase vulnerability or protect sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Kaida conducts mixed-method research among women living with HIV in Canada, safer conception intervention research among men living with HIV who desire children in Uganda, and inter-disciplinary HIV prevention research among adolescent girls and young women at high risk for HIV in South Africa. Her research provides evidence for developing effective social and health policies and programming to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights for HIV-affected individuals and communities. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Kaida has worked closely with community leaders and decision-makers to integrate research evidence into sexual and reproductive health policy and programming, using a social and gender equity lens. She has served in numerous institutional, national, and global leadership roles including with the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, sub-Saharan African Network of TB and HIV research Excellence (SANTHE), the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), and the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI).  

To read more about Dr. Kaida’s research contributions, please click here.


Study Update: TMIST | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Approximately 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 

Check out the latest update from the TMIST study, which aims to find out if screening for breast cancer with tomosynthesis mammography is better than with digital mammography.



Check out our feature on The Hummingbird Project, a podcast series aiming to provide support for women and families who have experienced a stillbirth.

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research announced recipients of their C2, Reach, and Innovation to Commercialization awards, including nine members of the WHRI!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards

Research Spotlight: Dr. Erin Michalak receives a CIHR Spring 2019 Project Grant and Priority Announcement Bridge Grant




CIHR Women’s Health Clinical Mentorship Grant
Application Deadline: October 22nd, 2019

CIHR Sex and Gender Chair
Application Deadline: October 8th, 2019

IHDCYH Talks video competition
Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Are you a member of the Fraser Health Authority? Check out awards offered by the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre.

BCCHR Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grants
Application Deadline: November 25th, 2019

Join the UBC Women's Health Research Cluster for their Women's Health Seminar Series


Check out SPORcast, a patient-led podcast series by Bev Pomeroy and Lisa Ridgeway, patient partners connected with BC Support Unit. If you know someone who’d like to be interviewed for a future episode, please visit www.SPORcast.ca.


Why Organizations, Researchers, and Patients Are Falling Prey to Predatory Journals
October 10th 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Livestream registration

Finding the Evidence
October 22nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Livestream registration


UBC Co-op students

UBC Science Co-op provides Canadian and international employers with access to qualified and motivated UBC Science students. The UBC Science Co-op Program is offered to pre-selected undergraduate students within the Faculty of Science and available in over 20+ disciplines.

Students may be pursuing their degrees in:

  • Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences;
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Integrated Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Sciences, Land and Food Science;
  • Engineering Physics, Computer Sciences, Statistics and Mathematics.

The program is starting to welcome student recruitment requests for internships for the Winter 2020 (January start). If you would like to submit a job posting, please feel free to contact Ana Furtado at info@sciencecoop.ubc.ca with the following information:

  • Brief job description – what will the student be doing / working on?
  • Particular skills / experiences you will look for when reviewing applications
  • Duration – 4 or 8 months?
  • Salary – what is the approximate monthly salary range for this position?
  • Special Conditions - (citizenship requirement, etc.)

Tell us about your experience with emergency contraception

Contraception is a pill or device that can prevent pregnancy. Emergency Contraception is taken after condomless or non-contracepted intercourse to try and prevent pregnancy. There is an emergency contraception that is new to Canada that has been available in British Columbia since 2015 called Ella and it can only be acquired with a doctor’s prescription. There has been no previous research in Canada examining Ella since it has become available.

This project aims to:
(A) Describe the current use of Ella compared to Plan B and its equivalents since 2015, using sales and number of prescriptions
(B) Explore the experiences of Ella use as perceived by prescribers, pharmacists, and patients through interviews

If you are interested in participating, this will involve an approximately 1 hour interview. All participants will be screened for eligibility. If you are selected for an interview, you will be remunerated for your time with a $50 Amazon gift card.

For more information please email michelle.chan1@cw.bc.ca or call 604-875-2424 ext. 4685 and note you are calling about the ECElla study. If interested, please visit this link.