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!”
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: http://vancouversun.com/health/local-health/mindfulness-helps-couple-recover-intimacy-after-prostate-cancer
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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!”
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, 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, 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 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.
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