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Women's Health Interrupted

Something new and exciting is coming your way on September 14th! Follow along on social media as we reveal information about it each week in August. Click the social media buttons at the top of this newsletter to follow along. 

Women's Health Blog
Mind Over Menstruation: How the Menstrual Cycle Influences Brain & Behaviours

"Through the activation of stress systems, stigma and stereotype threat related to menstruation can influence the hormonal dimension
of the menstrual cycle.” Read more

Behind the Science: Health access of Indigenous Women 

"I have mixed Nisga’a, Haida, Scottish and French ancestry and I'm a member of the Nisga’a First Nation – and I think my varying identities can bring a unique perspective to this work" Read more


Early Bird Pricing Until Aug 31st

The WHRC is pleased to bring you another conference, starting this fall! This virtual conference series will dig into unique aspects of hormonal contraceptives and the examined effects of these hormones on the brain. It will engage researchers, clinicians, community partners, trainees, and policymakers to share research and develop strategies to spotlight the need for consideration of female-specific factors to improve women+'s brain health. Read more and register here

Register to Earn a Certificate

Another year of women's health seminars is approaching and we have another set of interesting and unique topics for you to sink your brain into. Ever wondered how your surgeon's sex and age might impact your recovery? Curious how big data could be leveraged to advance women's health? Interested to discover how hormones and diet could alter your gut microbiome? Our lineup of stellar speakers can answer these questions and more starting September 12th!

Attend 80% or more seminars and earn yourself a certificate. Read more and register here



Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources
The National Institutes of Health announced the GENDER R25 program to help meet the need for sex- and gender-specific training in science, medicine, and allied health professions by supporting the development of sex- and gender-focused courses, curricula, and methods for the extramural community. $150K/project. Due Oct 27, 2022. Read more

Synergy Grants
The European Research Council wants to fund ambitious research projects that cannot be completed by you and your team alone. They must be led by 2-4 PI's and demonstrate that collaboration is required to complete the research project. Applications can be submitted from any field of research. Up to €10 million for 6 year projects is available. Due Nov 8, 2022. Read more

Health After 2020 (UBC-only)
This program enables researchers to engage in interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations that aim to create change in health and health producing systems. Interdisciplinary teams who are undertaking innovative health-oriented research in faculties, schools, or departments that stretches beyond the usual or expected should apply. !0K/project is available. Due Sep 29, 2022. Read more


NIH Strategic Plan for Research on the Health of Women
The National Institutes of Health is seeking input from the basic, clinical, and translational scientists; advocacy and patient communities; and the public on topics under consideration for the next strategic plan. Read more and submit your input here.

Job Market

Communications Assistant
The Women's Health Research Institute is looking for a part-time Communications Assistant to provide support for a wide range of administrative duties that are pertinent to providing communications support to staff and investigators. Read more.


In the Know


NHLBI report: Impact of sex and gender on autoimmune lung disease, opportunities for future research (Volkmann et al., 2022)

Female mice exhibit less overall variance, with a higher proportion of structured variance, than males at multiple timescales of continuous body temperature and locomotive activity records (Smarr & Kriegsfeld, 2022)

Sex-specific effects of microglial activation on Alzheimer's disease proteinopathy in older adults (Canaletto et al., 2022)


Voters in conservative Kansas resoundingly affirm support for access to abortion (CBC)

New women’s health strategy for England aims to end decades of inequality (The Guardian)

Member Shout Outs!

TEDx Speaker

Dr. Nahja Adreak recently gave a TEDx talk about women's heart health that you don't want to miss. Dr. Adreak is an aspiring heart surgeon and advocates for cardiovascular health and treatment, especially for underserved women patients.

Ontario Women's Health Scholars 2022

Three of our trainee members were recognized with a Women’s Health Scholars Award this year for their ground-breaking Women's Health Research. Congratulations Jennifer Williams, Kelly Gregory, and Danielle for this outstanding accomplishment. Read more

Conference Speaker

Our Trainee Co-Lead, Bonnie Lee, was an invited speaker at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this year. Her talk, entitled "Reproductive experience and APOEe4 genotype interact to influence neurogenesis and neuroinflammation in the middle-aged brain" was well received by hundreds of attendees. Way to go Bonnie!

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. Benedetta Leuner, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University (USA)

  • Alysha Deslippe, PhD student, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Foruzan Bahrami, PhD student, Universite Laval (Canada)

  • Ghoncheh Eijadi, Undergraduate student, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Rebecca Zivanovic, Resident, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Tania Pereira, PhD student, York University (Canada)

  • Jodie Pestana, PhD student. University of New South Wales (Australia)

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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