Dr. Gina Ogilvie visits Rwanda, a look at the PRISM study, & more! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
April 2019

Dr. Gina Ogilvie visits Rwanda

This month Dr. Gina Ogilvie accompanied Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, to visit the Republic of Rwanda as part of Kwibuka25, the 25th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Dr. Ogilvie was invited to join Her Excellency as part of a Canadian delegation comprised of parliamentarians and leaders in the fields of education, research, innovation, development, trade and the arts to help strengthen relations with Rwanda. Dr. Ogilvie has been a driving force in Canada’s efforts to eliminate cervical cancer as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention.

Read more about the visit to Rwanda here, and learn more about Dr. Ogilvie’s work here.

World Immunization Week: Working toward an STI vaccine

World Immunization Week is held April 24-30, 2019, to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Vaccination has significantly reduced the burden of infectious disease around the world. British Columbia (BC) has always been a global leader in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine research and continues to conduct valuable research in this field.

Keep reading.

Research Spotlight: National Medical Lab Week

Meet Dr. Vilte Barakauskas, BCCHRI/WHRI joint-researcher and clinical biochemist working at BC Children’s Hospital, who is part of a team working to establish reference intervals for pregnant women to better interpret lab test results.

Learn more about her work and the Pregnancy Reference Intervals for Safe Medicine (PRISM) study here.

Update on the Perinatal Research IMaging Evaluation (PRIME) Centre and the Skidmore Goodman Research Lab for Women’s Health

In our November 2018 E-blast we announced some exciting news about the creation of a new BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Research “Wet Lab” and the expansion of the existing Perinatal Research IMaging Evaluation (PRIME) Centre.

The new PRIME centre and the Skidmore Goodman Research Lab for Women’s Health will be located in BC Women’s Hospital. Demolition of the space is almost complete and construction is aimed to begin in May 2019.

To learn more about the current PRIME facility, equipment and opportunities for research, click here.

From left to right: Carola Muñoz (Research Project Manager, PRIME), Dr. Denise Pugash (Project Lead, PRIME) and Amanda Easton (Sonographer Consultant, PRIME), view the space where PRIME and the Skidmore Goodman Research Lab for Women’s Health will be constructed.

Applications are open for the MSFHR Reach Award Competition

The MSFHR Reach Program is designed to bring together researchers and research users to support the dissemination of research evidence, within the context of related knowledge, to facilitate its effective uptake and potential to impact health and care.

Application deadline: May 30, 2019, 3:30pm PT

More information.

Did you know BC Children's Hospital Research Institute offers a variety of training opportunities to support the research community on the Oak Street Campus?

Geared to build research skill, augment analytical capacity and enhance career development, BCCHR’s workshops, lunch and learns, and other events are typically open to anyone working or training at BC Children’s Hospital & BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.

Workshops are offered on an annual basis and/or as required based on the needs of the community.  A selection of regularly scheduled sessions include -

  • How to Prepare your Ethics Submission
  • Biostatistics
  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Literature Searching Tips & Tricks
  • Proposal Writing from Start to Finish
  • Project Management

For a complete list, visit the training opportunities page on BCCHR’s intranet, ResearchHub. Please note, the ResearchHub is accessible on and offsite with a BCCHR, PHSA or UBC login.

Opportunities (2)
Join Innovation UBC on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 for Knowledge Exchange: Candid Conversations - The Importance of Dialogue in Generating Impact.

WHEN: May 15, 2019
5:30pm - 7:00pm

WHERE: UBC Robson Square Theatre

More information.
Registration is open for the Women's Health Research Symposium 2019! The symposium will be an opportunity to showcase some of the amazing women’s health research taking place in BC and beyond. This year’s focus will be on Global Women’s health.

WHEN May 31st, 2019
            7:30am - 4:00pm

WHERE Vancouver Convention Centre East

Vancouver Island Health is hosting their annual 5 Days in May health showcase next month! 

Save your seat for a trainee breakfast, sponsored by WHRI, and a panel discussion on Supporting Vulnerable Women: A Focus on Stigma and Safety, planned in collaboration with WHRI.

All events take place in Victoria and are available online; all events are free and open to anyone interested. 

More information:
Trainee Breakfast
Panel Discussion
UBC Obstetrics & Gynaecology 19th Annual Academic Day is fast approaching!  It is held over 1.5 days starting with an afternoon poster session followed by a full day of paper presentations.

WHEN: May 7, 2019
             1:00 to 4:30 pm

             May 8, 2019
             8:00 to 6:00 pm

More information.
The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot project in partnership with Perinatal Services BC that will provide streamlined and efficient access to data within the BC Perinatal Data Registry (BCPDR).

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