WHRI Themes Have Been Updated!


The Mission of the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is to: Create new knowledge and evidence-based solutions that inform and transform the health and health care of women and their families. Guided by this mission, for the past several years, the WHRI has organized its research around seven research themes, representing the scope of research led by its members. These have included: Women-specific cancers; Chronic disease; Sexual & Reproductive health; Maternal, Fetal, & Newborn health; Global Health; Genomics & Personalized health; and Reproductive Infectious Disease. Over the past several months, the WHRI, together with its Scientific Advisory group, a cross-pillar and multidisciplinary team of scientists, have critically examined our themes with the goal of better reflecting the work of its membership, and also identifying areas of women’s health research where there may be opportunities. The result of this process led to the creation of four themes, as follows:

  1. Acute and Chronic Diseases
  2. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  3. Health Services & Systems
  4. Population & Public Health

In addition, we have identified Cross-Cutting Principles, intended to be embedded across each of the four themes, and to help define some of the methods and approaches applicable throughout the research of WHRI members. The Cross-Cutting principles include:

  • Sex/Gender Methods
  • Equity in Health Research
  • Indigenous health and Indigenous research approaches
  • Cultural Competence
  • Health and social equity
  • Precision Health
  • Genomics and Microbiome
  • Lifespan/trajectories
  • Patient and Public Oriented Research

Please share these themes broadly within your various networks. We encourage our members to proudly display their affiliation with the WHRI in various academic and public presentations. If you would like a high-resolution JPEG of our themes or our WHRI logo, please contact us at whri_cwbc@cw.bc.ca