Ninth Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium : All You Need to Know

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We would like to invite you to the upcoming Ninth Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium to be held in-person (at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on the UBC campus) and virtually (via live-stream) on Friday, March 8, 2024.

The 2024 WHRI Symposium will focus on Midlife Women’s Health Research, emphasizing the science of the menopausal journey and its health impacts. The event brings together researchers, clinicians, trainees, and other partners in research, and offers a forum for sharing new scientific knowledge, knowledge translation, and cultivating collaborations among those passionate about women’s health research. The event will include networking, a poster session, and a separate mentorship and networking event for trainees engaged in women’s health research. 


Date: Friday March 8, 2024

Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC Campus ( 6163 University Boulevard Vancouver)

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Trainee focused presentations: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Mentorship and networking event for trainees: 1:45pm – 3:45pm

Cost: Free for WHRI Staff or BCWH Foundation Members; $10 – $30 for non-members. 

Agenda + More info : Visit UBC CPD

Registration link: 9th Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium – Contact Details (


We are thrilled to announce our confirmed keynote, Dr. Susan Reed, and our confirmed spotlight speaker, Dr. Michelle Jacobson.

Why research focused on menopause and its impacts is critical to advancing women’s health.

Dr. Susan D. Reed, MD, MPH, MS, is Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chair for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As the immediate past president of The Menopause Society, she is internationally recognized for her expertise in menopause. With over 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Reed has conducted extensive research on women’s health, focusing on reproductive hormones and leading clinical trials for menopausal symptom treatments.

The legacy of the Women’s Health Initiative hormone trial on the provision of menopausal care for women.

Dr. Michelle Jacobson, MD, FRCSC, is a menopause specialist with a focus on menopause oncology and Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome. She completed her medical education at the University of Western Ontario and a fellowship at UofT, with research concentrating on menopause management in BRCA Mutation carriers, cancer survivors, and women with Turner syndrome. Dr. Jacobson practices in the Gynecology Program at Women’s College Hospital.

Call for Abstracts: Trainees

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is now accepting submissions for the trainee poster sessions that will take place at the Ninth Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium on Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC:

Posters will be presented in-person at the event venue and poster topics must focus on current women’s or newborn health research. Posters can be ‘repurposed’ from previous conferences or presentations within the last several years. This call is open to trainees.


This year’s event will feature multiple opportunities for presenters to stand by their posters, including a half hour ‘poster session + network opportunity’ in the morning, a dedicated poster session over the lunch hour and at each other networking break throughout the program.

  • Date: Friday, March 8, 2024
    Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm
    Poster Sessions: 10:00am – 10:30am; 12:00pm – 1:00pm (and at each networking break)
    Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC (Jack Poole Hall)

Submissions are due Friday, March 1, 2024. Submissions can take the form of an abstract (see guidelines below) or an image of the poster (if previously presented).

Submissions can be sent to

Abstract Guidelines: 

Abstract should not exceed 400 words. Please organize your abstract according to the following categories: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

The trainee poster sessions will take place during the main program, including during a ‘poster session + networking opportunity’ in the morning, a dedicated poster session over the lunch hour and at each other networking break throughout the event. These poster sessions will follow a traditional/passive poster presentation style and presenters should be available to provide details and answer questions about their poster.