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Updates from CANCOVID-Preg

In March of 2020, as international concern mounted over COVID-19, maternity care providers across Canada came together to address the care of pregnant women and their infants during the pandemic. Recognizing a significant knowledge gap, Dr. Deborah Money, a UBC Professor, Reproductive Infectious Diseases clinician scientist, and past-Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, […]


The SUPPORT Study: Supporting Parents with Mental Health Challenges

By Genevieve Breau Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a serious challenge for new parents, both in British Columbia and across Canada. According to Statistics Canada, in 2018-2019, approximately 23% of women who gave birth in the first six months of 2018 experienced postpartum depression or anxiety. While there are clinical supports available, many […]


Dr. Lori Brotto receives Innovation to Commercialization Award

Dr. Brotto’s project, eSense, is an online psychological intervention that aims to deliver treatment programs for women experiencing sexual dysfunction. With this award, the eSense team intends to compare the mindfulness versus cognitive behavioural therapy arms of eSense, to evaluate what works best for whom, and to explore scaling up to sexual health clinics in […]


Methionine Requirements during Healthy Human Pregnancy

Appropriate nutrition during pregnancy is important for the normal, healthy growth of your baby and for later child health. Overnutrition or undernutrition during pregnancy can have poor birth outcomes for the baby. The current recommendations for protein from food intake in pregnant women are based on the requirements of adult men. With such a vulnerable population, […]


@WomensResearch Wellness Exchange

On December 10th the WHRI hosted its first virtual public event, the @WomensResearch Wellness Exchange.  We want to extend our sincere thanks to you, our community, for promoting it, our members and patient partners for presenting, and our Emcee Shirley Weir for facilitating. We were thrilled to have 72 attendees at the event, representing a […]


REACH BC: Join the Opportunity!

REACH BC is a new online platform that connects the public and patients with research opportunities related to their health conditions and/or interests, to ultimately advance health care and improve health outcomes in British Columbia. In order to better facilitate online recruitment of research participants during curtailment the WHRI and BCCHR offered a REACH BC […]


Updates on the BC Perinatal Data Registry

The BCPDR contains maternal, fetal, and neonatal health information for an estimated 99% of all deliveries and births that occur in British Columbia. From the year 2000, the BCPDR has captured approximately 45,000 births per year, including data on maternal postpartum readmissions up to 42 days post-delivery and baby transfers and readmissions up to 28 […]


World AIDS Day 2020

By Neora Pick, MD, Medical Lead, Oak Tree Clinic, BCWH, Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UBC December 1st was World AIDS Day! We are dedicated to raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic to reduce HIV stigma and to support people living with HIV. The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day was global solidarity, share responsibility – […]


The experience of women and health care providers in assessing history of gender-based violence during perinatal care

By Dr. Jila Mirlashari Violence during the perinatal period is associated with varied and significant health-related consequences, including sexually transmitted infection, unsafe abortion, miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. Women who have been subjected to violence during the perinatal period experience long-term psychological, physical, social, and economic consequences. Moreover, violence can harm the mother’s […]