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Cluster Updates

Congratulations to Dr. Galea

We are thrilled to announce that the Lead of the Women’s Health Research Cluster, Dr. Liisa Galea, has been appointed as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) inaugural Treliving Chair in Women’s Mental Health. We are proud of Dr. Galea for securing this prestigious appointment and are looking forward to continuing to work towards achieving sex-and-gender health equity with her. Read more

Women's Health Seminar Series Certificate Recipients

This years WHSS has come to an end and these four stellar trainees attended 80% or more seminars, earning themselves a certificate. Read more

  • Bonnie Lee
  • Tanvi Puri
  • Romina Garcia de Leon
  • Erin Grafe
Stay tuned for the release of our upcoming WHSS program next month!

Conference Award Winners

We enabled 34 trainees to disseminate their sex/gender or women's health research at conferences worldwide. Congratulations to these winners and thank you Dr. Elizabeth Rideout and Elsevier for sponsoring this award. Read more.

Women's Health Interrupted

In this final episode of Season 1, we sit down with Dr. Emily Jacobs and Dr. Cailtin Taylor to discuss how oral contraceptives (OC) impact women’s brain health. We break down the science behind oral contraceptives, discover gaps in research, and discuss the need for safer birth control options for women. Read more and listen wherever you get podcasts.

Women's Health Blog
Mastectomy, Then and Now-The Cases of Frances Burney and Marie-Claude Belzile

“...Belzile describes not being listened to by her surgical team, which she fortuitously discovered had planned to insert, during her operation, tissue expanders to make possible an eventual reconstruction which she had made adamantly clear she did not want." Read more.

Behind the Science with Negin Mia

"Back in 2020, I had to undergo open-heart surgery for a benign heart condition that I have had my whole life...I had been having a lot of heart palpitations during that year and the doctors kept telling me it was just my anxiety. " Read more.

Behind the Science with Arrthy Thayaparan

“I got into science journalism, because I became aware of the lack of science-trained journalists who knew the field and could communicate it to a general audience. From there, I began to realize that women’s health is wholly underrepresented, especially in the media." Read more.

The BC Women's Health Foundation on Embedding Equity

“Moving beyond fear and courageously addressing the gaps is crucial. Not starting can undermine organizational trust, especially among IBPoC staff who don't get to walk away from inequality because it gets “uncomfortable"." Read more.


Job Market

Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine)

Academics who hold Tri-Agency funds can submit an expression of interest to receive up to 12 months of salary/stipend support to hire a masters, PhD or post-doctoral fellow from Ukraine to aid in their research. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until Dec 22, 2022. Between 20-45K is available per student. Read more from SSHRC, CIHR or NSERC

Over 300 UBC academics are currently looking for Ukranian trainees. If you, or someone you know, is a trainee that has been displaced from Ukraine and interested in being hired at UBC to complete a graduate or post-doctoral fellowship, complete this form by July 31st to be matched with a faculty member.

Seeking Graduate Candidates

The UBC Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab is seeking candidates to apply for external funding to undertake postdoctoral training with Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, head of the PARlab. Applicants should have completed or be nearing the end of their PhD in a relevant field. The position provides an opportunity to receive significant training and experience in the conduct of perinatal mental health research. Contact Dr. Fairbrother at to learn more or express interest. Read more.

In the Know


Examining visual attention patterns among asexual and heterosexual individuals (Milani et al., 2022)

Coercion and non-consent during birth and newborn care in the United States (Logan et al., 2022)

Sex differences in the human metabolome (Costanzo et al., 2022)



England appoints ambassador to shake up women’s health (BBC News)

The limitations of Joe Biden’s executive order on abortion (Vox)

Member Shout Outs!


Our Co-Lead, Dr. Suzanne Campbell, received a promotion to full professor this July! Congratulations Dr. Campbell. We are very proud of you and honoured to have you on the WHRC leadership team. 

Want to be Featured in our Member Shout Outs Next Month?

If you’ve published a new paper, are presenting at an event, won an award or have done something else that you are proud of — we want to know. Get in touch with us by emailing

New Members

We’d like to formally welcome the following new members to our cluster. We’re happy to have you working alongside us to advance women’s health!

  • Dr. Mahsa Jessri, Assistant Professor, University British Columbia (Canada)

  • Chinmayi Balusu, Masters student, Columbia University (USA)

  • Giulia Puinean, Master’s student, University of Alberta (Canada)

  • Marianella Masís-Calvo, Associate Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

  • Angela Zhang, Research Assistant, University British Columbia (Canada)

  • Tessa Woodside, Undergraduate student, University of Calgary (Canada)

  • Shela Hirani, Associate Professor, University of Regina (Canada)

  • Dr. Anita Cote, Assistant Professor, Trinity Western University (Canada)

  • Elaha Niazi, Undergraduate student, University of Calgary (Canada)

Give a Gift

There is a desperate need to grow the discipline of women’s health research to overcome the concerning gaps in knowledge that jeopardize women’s health. Please donate today to catalyze women’s health research worldwide. Your gift will support: 
• Publications, education and academic opportunities that will enable groundbreaking knowledge translation to help transform women’s health on a global scale
• Vital advocacy efforts to change the policies and practices that are impeding women’s health research

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