With all of the changes we’re going through as a society, we wanted to reach out and let you know what to expect from the Women’s Health Research Cluster over the next few months.

Women’s Brain Health Conference + Virtual Event

With heavy hearts, we have postponed our Women’s Brain Health Conference until 2021. This conference, which was scheduled to take place May 11-12th this year, will now happen on April 12-13th next year. Fortunately all of our speakers have confirmed attendance, which means that the conference program will remain the same. Furthermore, we were able to secure the same venue (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Vancouver, BC)—so not much is changing other than the date. Make sure to mark your calendars for April 12-13, 2021. More info about the conference can be found on our website, and tickets can be bought here

Until then, we want to keep the momentum going and offer opportunities for young professionals to build their presentation skills. Thus, we will be hosting a Women’s Brain Health: Young Investigators Symposium online. This event will feature talks from all seven winners of the Young Investigator Award and provide a platform for students to showcase their research posters. Posters will be available online prior to the event for registrants and there will be an opportunity for you to discuss your questions with the author after hearing from speakers. 

Cost: $10 for the general public, but the event is free for conference ticket holders of the 2020 OR 2021 conference. This includes anyone who purchased a ticket for the 2020 conference that requested a refund. 

Date: May 12th, 2020

Time: 8:30-11:15 am PST

Register here

Women’s Health Seminar Series

In light of the pandemic, we canceled the remainder of our 2019/2020 seminar series. We’ve reached out to speakers from canceled seminars and asked them to contribute to our 2020/2021 series so you won’t miss out on any of their talks! Our 2020/2021 series (starting September 14th) has a great lineup of topics to explore including intergenerational transmission of domestic violence, knowledge translation, and perimenopause. Registration has opened for next fall’s Seminar Series, so be sure to add us to your schedule by clicking here.

Trainee Research Presentation Series Goes Digital

The Women’s Health Research Cluster has a group of incredibly talented and dedicated graduate students who are committed to sharing knowledge about women’s health and helping fellow trainees build professional skills. This April, they’ve organized an online event that will feature 5 minute, blitz-style presentations from undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees about their ongoing or complete women’s health research. 

Date: April 30th, 2020

Time: 1-2 pm PST

Register here

Free Webinar—When Love Hurts: Exploring The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

Join us for a free webinar with Dr. Paul van Donkelaar and Karen Mason. This presentation will explore the intersection of traumatic brain injury in intimate partner violence and highlight an innovative, community-engaged research initiative working to develop better supports and services for survivors.

Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 12-1pm PST

Register here

Recent Events

In February 2020, the Women’s Health Research Cluster co-hosted two workshops with the Pacific Post Partum Support Society! These workshops brought together 2SLGBTQ+ parents, researchers, midwives, doulas, mental health service providers, and other stakeholders to exchange ideas, raise awareness, and find points of collaboration to address the perinatal mental health needs of 2SLGBTQ+ families. Read more about this event and the lessons we learned here

Thank you to our sponsor: UBC Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund (PRF)

Women’s Health Blog

Our first blog is up! Click here to read about why paying attention to sex and gender will advance our knowledge on COVID-19. A special thanks goes out to Bonnie Lee who co-authored this piece alongside our director Dr. Liisa Galea.

Funding Opportunities

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