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Cluster Updates

What Are Our Values?

The WHRC is growing—we have >340 members across 15 different countries and several well established initiatives to build off of. To stay true to who we are and why we are here, we need a set of values that can ground our decision making process and guide our actions. We’re looking for feedback (<3 min) from WHRC members about what you think those values are and should be.

Women's Health Interrupted

Content Warning: Discussions of partner violence and traumatic brain injury.  

In this episode, Sidney and Rebecca sit down with Karen Mason and Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, co-founders of SOAR, or Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research—a multi-disciplinary research collaboration between University of British Columbia-Okanagan and Kelowna Women’s Shelter. They talk about some of the many ways that intimate partner violence (IPV) can have long term impacts on women’s health—in particular the effects of traumatic brain injury. 

Women's Health Blog
Why Should we Pay More Attention to the Placenta?

"Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, allergies, neurodegenerative disease and mental health challenges have all been linked to inadequate placental function." Read more.

Behind the Science with Dr. Frances Chen
“The more I look at these questions that I'm pursuing, the more I see that there are both social and cultural factors, and also potentially biological factors, that play into some differences in how women and men experience social relationships.” Read more.

Jan 24: Insights into Placental Development - Does Genetic Sex Matter?

This Women’s Health Seminar features Dr. Alexander Beristain’s work on genetics and placental development.

12-1pm PST. Read more. Register

Feb 7: Disruptions in Neuroplasticity - When Sex and Parental Experience Collide

Dr. Erica Glasper joins our Women’s Health Seminar Series with a talk on how sex and parental experiences impact neuroplasticity.

12-1pm PST. Read more. Register.


Call for Papers

Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology put out a call for papers about hormonal contraceptives and the brain. This Special Issue will focus on new research questions and directions. Submissions due Feb 1, 2022. Read more.

In the Know

Member Research

Top 10 (plus 1) research priorities for expectant families and those with children age 24 months in Alberta, Canada: Results from the Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting (FRAISE) priority setting partnership project (Brockway, et al., 2021)

Abortion safety and use with normaly prescribed mifepristone in Canada (Schummers, et al., 2021) 

Characterizing the brain structural adaptations across the motherhood transition (Martínez-García, Paternina-Die, Desco, Vilarroya & Carmona, 2021)

Report Watch

Invisible No More
“This report peels back the compounding layers of invisible barriers and inequities impacting healthcare workers before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides recommendations for action and outlines clear roles for key stakeholders in building a more equitable and sustainable healthcare workforce.” Read more.


What Women (Still) Want (The Walrus) 

Why Smashing the Taboo Around Menopause Makes Good Economic Sense (CBC)

Issues in Women’s Health: Global Lessons, Opportunities, and Challenges (Psychiatric Times)

Member Shout Outs!

Health Professional Investigator Award

We’d like to congratulate our Perinatal Mental Health Working Group co-lead, Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, for receiving a Michael Smith Health Research BC Health Investigator Award. This award will help advance her research on perinatal anxiety disorders and epidemiology, with a focus on postpartum thoughts of infant-related harm, perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and screening.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Award

Trainee member Maggie Woo Kinshella received the CIHR Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Award, which supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students build international networks by pursuing research at international institutions. Congratulations Maggie!

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. Firat Kara, Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic (USA)

  • Dr. Najah Adreak, Clinical Research Coordinator, University British Columbia (Canada)

  • Kelly Gregory, Masters student, University of Waterloo (Canada)

  • Dr. Hagar Labouta, Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba (Canada)

  • Geneviève Trudel, Medical Student, McGill University (Canada)

  • Kimberly Go, Research Technician, University of British Columbia (Canada)

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