Women's Health Blog
Women’s Health in Review: 2020 

If you’re looking for a mood booster, look no further. Our latest blog looks back on 2020 and showcases all the good that happened in the world of women’s health. 

Behind the Science with Bonnie Lee 
We’ve started a new series called Behind the Science that highlights the career paths of diverse women’s health experts. Our first post features Bonnie Lee, a PhD student studying neuroscience and future leader in women’s health. Read more about her story and how she ended up in this field.

Women’s Brain Health Series: Symposium 2 Summary 
MIssed the latest Women’s Brain Health Conference symposium? We’ve got you covered! This blog summarizes key points made by each speaker in less than 800 words.

Upcoming Events
Jan 25th: Women’s Brain Health Conference: Workshop


Jan 25: Mind over Matter-Fact over Fiction: Understanding Women's Brain Mind-Body Connections for Health and Wellness
This workshop from Dr. Sherri Hayden and Anne Lyle will blow your mind—pun intended. Register for the individual event or the full conference here. 9-10 am PST

Jan 25: Women's Health Seminar Series—Partnering with Policy Makers to Make an Impact in Women's Health Research

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Munro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC and a Scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences, UBC

12-1pm PST Register Here

Jan 27th: Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology 40th Anniversary Workshops 

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Brown Bag: Mapping Your Career Journey
12-1pm PST with Kim-Adeline Miguel Register here

Feb 3rd: Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology 40th Anniversary Workshops 

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Women and Diversity in STEM: A Personal Journey
12-1pm PST with Dr. Yane Valdez Register here

Feb 8th: Women’s Health Seminar Series- Estrogenic Regulation of Memory Consolidation: Neural Mechanisms and Implications for Women’s Health
Presenter: Dr. Karyn Frick, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
2-3pm PST Register Here

Feb 11th: Trainee-Mentor Session: Trainee-Mentor Session: Sex in Research - What to Know and How to Get Started

This event is part of the WHRC’s Women’s Brain Health Conference. It provides students the opportunity to meet in an intimate setting with mentors to discuss critical aspects of women’s brain health research. You can register for the individual event, or purchase access to the entire conference. Mentor: Dr. Karyn Frick, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
11 am-12 pm PST Learn more or register Here

Feb 22nd: Women’s Health Seminar Series- Sex, Gender, Intersectionality and Implementation Science
Presenter: Dr. Ian Graham, Professor, Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Community Medicine University of Ottawa
12-1pm PST Register Here

Feb 23rd: Women’s Health Conference- Symposium 3: Traumatic Brain Injury 

Women and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Life-course Perspective
Dr. Angela Colantonio, University of Toronto
10-11:30 am PST
 Learn more or register here

Feb. 24 & 25 Moving Ahead: Putting Knowledge of Brain Injury In Intimate Partner Violence into Practice

WHRC members Dr. Paul van Donkalaar and Karen Mason, Co-founders of SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research), have put together an incredible event. It aims to bring together academics and researchers with front line workers, service provider organizations, clinicians, law enforcement, health care, policy makers, and funders, among others in the gender-based violence sector, to learn about, discuss, brainstorm, and network, around the topic of brain injury in intimate partner violence. Check it out!
10-11:30 am PST Register Here


Safer + Stronger Grants: Challenge the Rising Risk of Gender-Based Violence in the Pandemic
With a $19.6 million investment from the Government of Canada’s Department of Women and Gender Equality, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is proud to launch this new grant program. The program addresses the rising risks of gender-based violence in the pandemic and ensures critical services continue to reach survivors and their dependents. Applications are currently being accepted on a continuous basis until February 15, 2020.

Canadian Women’s Foundation - Annual Grants
The Canadian Women's Foundation Annual Grants for gender equity and women’s organizations will be launched on March 15, 2021. These grants will provide flexible funding to organizations to meet a range of needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information and an official announcement in the new year.

5 Young Feminist Awards - $5,000 Grants
In collaboration with Women Have Wings, the NGO CSW Youth Leaders & Young Professionals is delighted to provide five $5,000 grant awards to youth leaders and young professionals who have a project or an idea to advance gender equality in their region.

Public Health Agency: Call for Proposals: Preventing and Addressing Family Violence: the Health Perspective
The Public Health Agency of Canada is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent for projects that prevent and address family violence and its health impacts by delivering, testing and supporting diverse health promotion programs and interventions that are tailored to the needs of those who have experienced, are experiencing, or are at-risk of experiencing family violence.

Women’s Health Blog: Seeking Writers & Reviewers

We are looking for trainees of all levels (undergraduate to post-doctoral) to share their work on the Women’s Health Blog. In addition, we’re looking for professionals (trainees included!) who can join us as a reviewer to help ensure our blog content remains credible. 

  • If you have an idea about a blog you’d like to write, fill out our pitch form
  • If you have expertise related to women’s health and want to be a blog reviewer, connect with us at  


Advocacy & News
Report Watch

Resetting Normal is a series of reports published by the Canadian Women’s Foundation on gender equality and the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The series explores risks to human rights exposed by the pandemic and proposes new ways to build a gender-equal Canada in pandemic recovery efforts.

Report 1: Funding a Thriving Women’s Sector

Report 2: Women, Decent Work, and Canada’s Fractured Care Economy

Report 3: Systemic Gender-Based Violence and the Pandemic

In the News

As incidents of violence against women steadily rise, advocates say ‘more support’ for crisis lines and preventative measures is crucial by Jenna Moon

Canada's Women of Colour Have Been Left Out of COVID-19 Job Recovery Efforts by Kristine Liao

Pandemic spurs Indigenous business women to become doubly creative by Carrie Tait

Why 'traditional' measures won't help women's post-pandemic economic recovery by CBC Radio

Women reported that they performed most of the parental tasks in their household during the pandemic, including homeschooling by Statistics Canada

Shout Outs!
CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair in Genetics Conference Award

Congratulations to all the winners of the CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair in Genetic Conference Award! We can’t wait to hear how your presentations go.

  • Tristan Philippe, PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Bonnie Lee, PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Lianna Wat, PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Shawna Narayan, Graduate student, University of British Columbia
  • Tanvi Puri, PhD, UBC
  • Wansu Qiu, PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Shunya Yagi, PhD, University of British Columbia
Tri-Cluster Research Day Award Winners

Tri-Cluster Research Day brought together students from the Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease, Women's Health and Biomedical Imaging and AI clusters to present on the future of health. We loved everyone's presentation and wanted to give a shout out to the winners of the Tri-Cluster Research Day Awards. Congratulations! 

Oral Presentation Awards:

1st = Travis Hodges

2nd= Amanda Chueng

3rd = Tanvi Puri

People's Choice Poster Award:

1st = Jessica Khangura

2nd = Martin Keung

Want to be Featured in our 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 support women’s health!

  • Dr. Sergio A. Silverio, Research Associate in Social Science of Women’s Health, King’s College London (UK)

  • Mai Wageh, PhD Candidate at McMaster University (Canada)

  • Taylyn Jameson, Study Coordinator at the University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Jill Moffatt, Masters student at Western University (Canada)

  • Kira Knight, BSc in Global Resource Systems, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Dr. Marianne Vidler, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Sabrina Ge, undergraduate, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Kirsten Hudson, Masters of Nursing, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Sara Milne-Flamer, undergraduate, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Reena Titoria, Masters student at the University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Elizabeth McRoberts, Registered Nurse at Health First (USA)

  • Nancy Kwan, McGill (Canada)

If you know anyone who would be interested in joining the cluster, please feel free to share the online membership form or invite them to email us for more information.

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