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Cluster Updates

Heads up!

We are gearing up to reapply for our core funding, which means WHRC members will be receiving an email soon to gather information that will help us secure funds and continue operating for another year.

We've made it easier for members to share information through a survey, and encourage you all to complete it. Doing so will help us continue to strive for more women's health research funding, train more people in SGBA best practices, connect the public with credible health information and ultimately work towards creating a future where women and gender diverse-folk can live equitably healthy lives. 

Women's Health Interrupted
A new episode of Women’s Health Interrupted about women’s brain health dropped today! Listen on your favourite podcast platform, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 
Women's Health Blog
COVID-19 Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy

“So what do we know about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy? Can it cause pregnancy loss, affect your chances of conceiving, or alter your genes or the genes of your baby?” Read more.

Experience with COVID-19 Vaccine while Pregnant

“As soon as I became eligible, and I had the opportunity in my second trimester, I jumped on it. I had no reservations about getting the vaccine.”-Dr. Cindy Barha Read more.


Nov 17: How to SGBA: Lessons Learned on Incorporating Gender into Research

You know the difference between sex and gender and know they are important to include in your research. But, now what? In this workshop four academics will use their own research as case studies to demonstrate how they approached and conquered the challenges of incorporating gender into their research methodologies and data collection practices. Attendees will also discuss their challenges and receive support from SGBA experts in one of four breakout rooms about qualitative, quantitative, biomedical and clinical research.

12-1:30pm PST. Read more. Register here.

Nov 22: Sex and Gender Differences in Response to Vaccines: Why do Women Experience Greater Adverse Reactions?

Come listen to Dr. Rosemary Morgan dig deeper into the world of sex and gender differences in vaccine responses—a perfect compliment to last month’s episode of Women’s Health Interrupted where Dr. Morgan discussed the impact of COVID19 on women.

12-1pm PST. Read more. Register here.

Nov 26: Tri-Cluster Research Day-The Future of Health

This half day conference is devoted to trainees and their multidisciplinary research. In collaboration with the Data and Health Sciences, and Biomedical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Clusters, we bring you the opportunity to learn about a wide range of health research that might pique your interest in a new field and connect you with new collaborators. This free event is open to anyone interested in learning about data sciences, artificial intelligence as well as biomedical, sex differences and women’s health research.

9-12:30 pm PST. Read more. Register here.

Dec 6: Economic Abuse and Women's Health Outcomes in Ghana

Dr. Eric Y Tenkorang will finish off Term 1 of our Seminar Series with this talk about the socio-cultural underpinnings of women’s health in Ghana. Attend 90% of our seminars to receive a certificate! If you’ve missed our earlier seminars and still want a certificate, email us 3 things you learned from our recorded seminars ( 

12-1pm PST. Read more. Register here.

Resource Spotlight
The BC Children’s Hospital BioBank is a valuable resource to local and international researchers, as it collects and stores biological samples and matching clinical data for future ethically approved studies. In addition to children’s samples, they have maternal samples such as blood, umbilical cord blood, and placenta from both premature and full term deliveries. They are CTRNet certified and have experience providing biobanking services for basic and clinical research projects. Read more.
Member Shout Outs!

Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty

WHRC Co-Lead Dr. Lori Brotto was honoured by the UBC Faculty of Medicine this year to recognize her efforts in supporting the professional development of early career faculty. Read more

Trainee Co-Lead Kate Wahl received a CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship and will be contributing to the policy roll out of free prescription contraception in British Columbia, Canada. Read more
Jennifer Williams, who is a member of our SGBA Working Group, received a Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology PhD Poster Award for her research. Bravo Jennifer!
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!

  • Louise Schindler, PhD candidate at University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Dr. Paula Gordon, Clinical Professor at University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Dr. Teal Eich, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California (USA)

  • Guadalein Tanunliong, Masters student at University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Jamie Benham, PDF, University of Calgary (Canada)

  • Shayda Swann, MD/PhD student at University of British Columbia (Canada)

Give a Gift

If you feel passionate about the work we are doing, consider 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, develop the capacity of women's health researchers and foster new multidisciplinary projects.

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