Research finds that episiotomies may help reduce tearing in assisted births

A new study, co-authored by Giulia Muraca, suggests that episiotomy may be key to reducing vaginal and anal tearing during births assisted by forceps or vacuums.

BC Women’s Health Foundation launches In Her Words report

On October 9th, 2019 the BC Women’s Health Foundation, in partnership with Pacific Blue Cross, released the In Her Words report, exposing women’s experience with the healthcare system in BC.

New research from Dr. Gina Ogilvie’s team makes waves in the news

The study, in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, shows that BC’s HPV immunization program has cut pre-cancer rates in half for women.

Let’s Talk About Painful Periods And Endometriosis | Gender Equality Week

Earlier this year Kate Wahl co-authored a piece for The Huffington Post about painful periods and endometriosis.

For Gender Equality Week, Kate has written an introduction to the article, emphasizing the importance of destigmatizing menstruation as a step toward greater equality for all Canadians.

Nature publishes an article featuring Dr. Moe Elgendi’s research

Dr. Elgendi’s recent work used machine learning to examine 200 articles for insight into common characteristics among highly cited papers.

“I Should Be Allowed to Leave Men Out of My Studies”

Check out this piece authored by Dr. Liisa Galea, which breaks down the reasons research shouldn’t always need to consider both sexes.

Dr. Wendy Norman speaks with Genesa Greening on CTV Morning Live

Watch their discussion on equitable access to abortion care during the show’s Her Health segment.

Dr. Pascal Lavoie’s work with the BC Women’s Hospital Preemie Biobank has been featured in the news

Check out the coverage from the CBC, Vancouver Sun, and CTV.

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

Read the article on the Abbotsford News site.

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

Listen here.

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

The article sheds light on their work to increase access to care using digital health technologies.

Dr. Chelsea Elwood talks about “placentophagy” with the National Post

In this article, Dr. Elwood discusses the potential risks of consuming the placenta after childbirth, a practice growing in popularity, despite a lack of evidence.

Kate Wahl and Drs. Catherine Allaire and Paul Yong published on the Huffington Post blog

Read about the push to break the silence on painful periods in their article for Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Dr. Gina Ogilvie was a guest on CTV’s Her Health segment

Dr. Ogilvie joined Genesa Greening, CEO of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, and CTV’s Keri Adams to discuss her team’s ongoing work to eliminate cervical cancer.

Dr. Natasha Proden-Bhalla was interviewed on Live from Studio 5 on AMI-Audio

In the segment Dr. Proden-Bhalla discusses the importance of BC Women’s Hospital’s Access Clinic and the specialized sexual health care they provide for women with disabilities and transgender patients.

Dr. Wee-Shian Chan was featured in the news!

Dr. Chan commented on abnormal symptoms women should bring to the attention of their healthcare provider to help protect heart health throughout pregnancy.

Dr. Helene Cote was featured in the news!

The Vancouver Sun featured Dr. Cote in an article about her study on birth rates among young teen and adult mothers who are HIV-positive.

Dr. Jerilynn Prior was featured in the news!

Dr. Prior was featured on the CBC Radio show “White Coat, Black Art” to discuss her recent publication about the link between combined hormonal contraception and loss of bone mineral density.

Dr. Gina Ogilvie is featured in the news!

Dr. Gina Ogilvie is the lead study author on a publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal about the sexual health practices of teen girls after the introduction of the HPV vaccine in BC public schools. The publication has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, Newsweek, and more!

Dr. Lori Brotto featured on CTV’s The Social

On July 18th Dr. Lori Brotto was featured on CTV’s daytime talk show The Social to discuss her new book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness.

Dr. Ogilvie and team featured in the media for new study on the use of HPV testing to screen for cervical cancer

Dr. Gina Ogilvie and team have been featured by multiple news outlets for their new publication in JAMA, Effect of Screening With Primary Cervical HPV Testing vs Cytology Testing on High-grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia at 48 Months: The HPV FOCAL Randomized Clinical Trial.

Check out Dr. Lori Brotto’s appearance on CTV’s Your Morning

Dr. Lori Brotto was featured on CTV’s Your Morning to talk about her book Better Sex Through Mindfulness. Check out the clip here.

Dr. Kristen Campbell featured in an article from the CBC!

Dr. Kristen Campbell was featured in an article by the CBC about Australian guidelines suggesting that doctors prescribe exercise as part of care for cancer patients. Read the article here.

Dr. Tim Oberlander featured in the Vancouver Sun

WHRI member Dr. Tim Oberlander has been featured in the Vancouver Sun for research on the effects of pre-natal SSRI exposure in children.  Preliminary results from the longitudenal study show that children whose mothers took SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy “scored higher on computerized tests to measure thinking and memory”, although the team is “very cautious about making any firm conclusions at this point”.

Dr. Caroline Cameron featured in the CBC

WHRI member Dr. Caroline Cameron was featured in the CBC for her work on developing a syphilis vaccine!  Read the story here.

Janet Austin has been elected Lieutenant Governor

A huge congratulations to Janet Austin, who is BC’s newest Lieutenant Governor!  Janet Austin was on the inaugural Board of Directors for WHRI, and has demonstrated continuous support for the work conducted out of the Institute over the past ten years. Read the full story from the CBC here.

New publication from Dr. Lori Brotto

Dr. Lori Brotto has a new book! In Better Sex Through Mindfulness Dr. Brotto walks readers through the different reasons that women experience decreased sexual desire, and provides mindfulness exercises that can help restore a healthy sex life. Follow Dr. Brotto on Twitter @DrLoriBrotto and track #BetterSexThroughMindfulness to join the conversation.  And, stay tuned for … Continue reading “New publication from Dr. Lori Brotto”

Dr. Saraswathi Vedam is in the news!

WHRI member Dr. Saraswathi Vedam has created two tools (the MADM (Mother’s Autonomy in Decision Making) Scale scale and the MORi (Mothers on Respect index) to ensure that women’s needs, respect, and autonomy are at the center of their birthing experiences. The tools are also intended to “provide a standard way to quantify a patient’s experience”. Read more about … Continue reading “Dr. Saraswathi Vedam is in the news!”

Dr. Lori Brotto featured in the Vancouver Sun

WHRI’s Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, has been featured in the Vancouver Sun for her work helping men who have cancer-related erectile dysfunction rekindle their intimate relationships using mindfulness-based therapy. Read the full article here:

Women’s Health Research Symposium Report

On October 25 2017, the Women’s Health Research Institute, together with the Vice President Research Office at Simon Fraser University, hosted a half-day women’s health research symposium at the beautiful SFU Diamond Alumni Centre. The event was entitled, “Examining diversity across disciplines, decades, and distances”. The event consisted of a trainee breakfast, a keynote presentation … Continue reading “Women’s Health Research Symposium Report”

#ItsNotInYourHead Dissemination Toolkit

Have you heard about the genital pain condition that affects up to one in ten women? Help us spread the word about provoked vestibulodynia, or PVD, so that women can receive a diagnosis faster and know that they are not alone. We have created a dissemination toolkit which provides information on PVD, and includes pre-written tweets and infographics … Continue reading “#ItsNotInYourHead Dissemination Toolkit”

Kangaroo Mother Care at BC Women’s Hospital NICU

On November 15th BC Women’s Hospital, along with Perinatal Services BC, announced that their innovative Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) program will receive financial support from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help implement KMC in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the province. KMC is a skin-to-skin attachment program, wherein the mother (or partner) holds their … Continue reading “Kangaroo Mother Care at BC Women’s Hospital NICU”

WHRI Member Moe Elgendi published in Nature Biotechnology

Women’s Health Research Institute member, Moe Elgendi, has been published in Nature Biotechnology, the highest ranking journal in the world for biotechnology. His paper, “Scientists need Data Visualization Training”, outlines the need for those doing knowledge translation to understand what is entailed in effective data visualization. Moe presents workshops which “[outline] the theory of data … Continue reading “WHRI Member Moe Elgendi published in Nature Biotechnology”


#ItsNotInYourHead is a campaign launched by Dr. Lori Brotto and the Women’s Health Research Institute to raise awareness about provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) and evidence-based psychological interventions for improving pain management. PVD is pain experienced when contact is made with the area near the entrance to the vagina, known as the vulvar vestibule. This pain often … Continue reading “#ItsNotInYourHead”

WHRI researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman, is featured in a CBC Health news story

WHRI researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman has been featured in CBC News discussing women’s rights in physician offices while ingesting mifepristone.  Dr. Norman discusses a myth that exists which claims physicians are required to watch a patient ingest mifepristone — one of a two-drug combination packed together as Mifegymiso, for medical abortions. “The evidence is clear that having … Continue reading “WHRI researcher, Dr. Wendy Norman, is featured in a CBC Health news story”

WHRI Member, Dr. KS Joseph, Studies How Parenting Affects Younger Moms’ Mental Health vs. Older Moms’ Mental Health

WHRI Member, Dr. KS Joseph, and Giulia Muraca have recently conducted a study looking at how parenting affects younger mothers mental health compared to older mothers mental health. Data from women between the ages of 20-44 was used in this study, stratifying women according to whether they had a live birth within five years preceding each participants … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Dr. KS Joseph, Studies How Parenting Affects Younger Moms’ Mental Health vs. Older Moms’ Mental Health”

How Can Twitter Benefit Researchers? Ask the Expert!

Recently our Communications Assistant, Rebecca Tingling, had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kendall Ho, Lead of UBC’s Digital Emergency Medicine and Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ho has been an active Twitter user for over 6 years and we wanted to hear his advice and lessons learned for other researchers who may … Continue reading “How Can Twitter Benefit Researchers? Ask the Expert!”

Save the Date: Women’s Health Research Symposium

On Wednesday, October 25th 2017, Simon Fraser University and the Women’s Health Research Institute will be hosting the Women’s Health Research Symposium taking place at the Diamond Alumni Centre. The symposium will examine diversity across disciplines, decades and distances to continue the discussion surrounding women’s health and health research.

WHRI Member, Dr. Wendy Norman, featured in CBC Health News

WHRI Member, Dr. Wendy Norman, is featured in CBC Health News for writing an editorial accompanying the new study surrounding telemedicine. Dr. Norman discusses the role telemedicine could play in countries where abortion services are highly restricted, suggesting women in these areas could use telemedicine to connect with a doctor and safely terminate their pregnancies at home.

WHRI Member, Dr. Ruth Martin, featured in Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen and The Times Colonist

WHRI member, Dr. Ruth Martin, is featured in articles in Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen and The Times Colonist discussing the damaging separation effects due to lack of mother-child bonding time in Canadian correctional facilities.

WHRI Member, Dr. K.S Joseph, featured in CTV News and Science Daily

WHRI member, Dr. K.S. Joseph, is featured in articles in CTV News, and Science Daily. Research led by Dr. Joseph is the first study in Canada looking at pregnancy outcomes in reduced multi-fetal pregnancies resulting from fertility treatment. Joseph links fetal reduction in multi-fetal pregnancies with better birth outcomes, suggesting the selective reduction technique is … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Dr. K.S Joseph, featured in CTV News and Science Daily”

WHRI Member, Dr. Paul Yong, Recent Findings Featured in Vancouver Sun and New England Journal of Medicine

Dr. Paul Yong and colleagues were featured in an article by the Vancouver Sun for their recent findings regarding endometriosis after discovering gene mutations in the pelvic lesions of women with endometriosis which are similar to those found in cancerous tissue. The findings of this study were published this week in the New England Journal … Continue reading “WHRI Member, Dr. Paul Yong, Recent Findings Featured in Vancouver Sun and New England Journal of Medicine”

Dr. Lori Brotto featured in CBC news article

Dr. Lori Brotto was featured in an article by CBC news for her presentation at the recent Sexual Health 2017 Conference. Dr. Brotto spoke about the key research findings in sexuality over the last year and offered doctors skills for treating and talking about sexual health issues with their patients.  

Dr. Lori Brotto’s Editorial in the Vancouver Sun

The WHRI’s Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto, wrote an editorial in the Vancouver Sun in honour of International Women’s Day. Read Lori’s article here: Opinion: Sexual desire is mainly in the mind  

The work of Dr. Gina Ogilvie and her research team on HPV Testing in self collected samples in Uganda is being featured in this month’s HPV World newsletter.

You can view the full newsletter here: HPV WORLD_FEBRUARY_2017

WHRI researcher, Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin, wrote an article for The Vanier Institute of the Family about how to best support the health of mothers and their babies in the context of incarceration.

Supporting the Health of Mothers and Their Babies in the Context of Incarceration

WHRI researcher, Sarah Munro, spoke to CBC news about her latest findings showing that more women in B.C. are choosing to have repeat Caesarean sections than women in other parts of Canada.

Global news video on ‘BC Doctors opposing Health Canada on the dispensing of the abortion pill’, featuring an interview with Dr. Wendy Norman:

B.C. doctors oppose Health Canada over dispensing abortion pill

CBC news story on the dispensing of the new abortion drug featuring WHRI members Dr. Wendy Norman and Dr. Judith Soon