Important Update

After a few gut wrenching weeks, we regained access to our primary Twitter account (@ResearchonWH). We will continue to use this account for all WHRC matters. Thank you to everyone that supported us as we resolved these issues. 

Advocacy & News

We're getting noticed on CBC
Our Women’s Health Seminar Series was mentioned in a recent CBC article that interviewed cluster member Dr. Jerilynn Prior about perimenopause and her recent seminar entitled Perimenopause—Women’s Misunderstood, Confusing and Long Midlife Transition.

New Report: The Research Divide
The WHRC contributed to a report recently published by the BC Women’s Health Foundation about the gender gap in research. It details the disparity in research funding for women’s health projects and the amount of funding awarded to female vs male applicants. “We found women’s health research was funded less often, for shorter terms and for lower funding amounts, and the disparity doesn’t end there.”

Policy Options Op ed
Dr. Liisa Galea (Lead, WHRC) and Dr. Victoria Gay (Senior Director, BC Women’s Health Foundation) co-authored an op ed in Policy Options that outlines how COVID-19 amplified existing inequities in women’s health resaerch and calls on decision makers to rectify these biases.

Upcoming Events

Sep-Jun—Women's Brain Health Virtual Conference Series

From Sep-Jun we will bring you monthly events featuring world renowned speakers to discuss and share information about a variety of brain health issues that women face. Come connect with like-minded peers at one of our workshops, symposia, networking sessions or trainee/mentor events.

You can register for the full series, or pick and choose which event you want to go to. Full series registration grants you access to all post-event recordings. Click here to learn more. 

Oct 7—Trainee Research Presentation

Want to learn more about women’s health and why it matters from our amazing trainees? Come to our next Trainee Research Presentation is on Oct 7th from 12-1pm PDT. We’ll hear from 5 trainees who will discuss the impacts of physical distancing on women experiencing intimate partner violence, different presentations of low sexual desire and more. Register now!

Oct 16—Women's Health Seminar Series

Register to hear Dr. Farida Sohrabji deliver a free 1h talk from 12-1pm PDT entitled Sex Differences in Ischemic Stroke and the Impact of Menopause. Attend 90% of seminars in this series and you'll earn a certificate. 

Oct 26—Symposium 1: Middle Age, Menopause and Health

The second event in our Women’s Brain Health Virtual Conference Series is taking place on Oct 26th from 9-10:45 am PDT. Register to learn about the influence of hormones on Alzheimer's Disease, what you can do to promote mid-life health and more. Click here for more info and register here.

Nov 4—Tri-Cluster Research Day: The Future of Health
The WHRC is hosting our second annual Tri-Cluster Research Day in collaboration with the Biomedical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence and Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health & Disease clusters on Nov 4th from 9-12:30 am PST. This free event will provide a setting for faculty and students to identify current research projects that relate to their work and facilitate the co-creation of new research ideas. It will provide students the opportunity to present their research to a diverse audience and challenge participants to learn about unique perspectives in the health field. Register here.


Tri-Cluster Research Day

All students interested in presenting their research at our Tri-Cluster Research Day are invited to submit a 250 word abstract here by October 13th. The top 10 abstracts will be invited to give a 5-minute talk + poster presentation and others will be invited to present posters. Prizes totalling $265 will be awarded at the end of the event.

Brain Buzz: Seeking Podcast Guests

Brain Buzz, a podcast hosted by two charming graduate students at UBC, is looking for researchers who want to talk about their science in an open, accessible, and engaging way. Every two weeks, the show hosts talented researchers (from anywhere) and explores new ideas to get your brain buzzing! If you’re interested in being a guest on their show, send us an email to get connected with them.

Recruiting Blog Writers

Do you have research that you’d like to convey to a public audience? Have an issue that you’d like to discuss? Need a project to keep your science communication skills sharp? Consider writing a blog for us! We are seeking writers to contribute to the December issue of our Women’s Health Blog. Interested authors can review our blog guidelines, make a submission online or get in touch to chat more.

Past Events

Rethinking Estrogen, Yet Again
Our first event in the Women’s Brain Health Virtual Conference Series set the tone for the rest of the conference. Dr. Carol Tavris, co-author of Amazon’s best selling book Estrogen Matters, sat down for a fireside chat with cluster lead Dr. Liisa Galea on Sep 21 to discuss the history and research surrounding hormone therapy. We had >150 people register to soak up Carol’s wisdom.

You can watch the event recording by registering for our conference series, which gives you access to upcoming events and all event recordings, or by registering for the individual event.

Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Last year we partnered with the PPPSS to host two events: a roundtable to advance collaboration between 2SLGBTQ+ families and perinatal mental health, and an early parenthood support workshop for 2SLGBTQ+ families. As a result of these events the PPPSS is launching a weekly online support group on Tuesdays from 10:30-12:00 PDT for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks experiencing perinatal mental health challenges. If you have a baby 18 months or younger and are interested in joining, email 

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. Natasha Rajah, McGill University

  • Keila Turino Miranda, Pharmacology undergrad, University of Alberta

  • Danica Chang, MSc student, University of Calgary

  • Dr. Sandra M Dumanski, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

  • Victoria Riehl-Tonn, MSc student, University of Calgary

Support Us

If you feel passionate about the work we are doing support us by making a one-time or monthly donation. 100% of proceeds will be used to promote women’s health research across public, government and academic domains.

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