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Recent and Upcoming Events

Did you miss our "Happy Ever After? How Marriage Impacts Our Health & Happiness" event, watch it here!

We are in the midst of a marital revolution.

On October 25th, we partnered with the UBC Faculty of Arts to host a community event "Happy Ever After? How Marriage Impacts Our Health & Happiness." The event was well-attended with 160 attendees. Four researchers in sociology, economics, creative writing, and philosophy gave brief presentations on how marriage impacts our health and happiness, followed by a panel discussion and a networking reception

The evening featured four panelists:
Dr. Marina Adshade, Faculty Member, Vancouver School of Economics
Mandy Len Catron, Adjunct Professor, Creative Writing Program
Dr. Yue Qian, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Dr. Carrie Jenkins, Professor, Philosophy
Moderated by Dr. Marina Adshade, Cluster Co-lead, and Faculty Member, Vancouver School of Economics 

Watch It Here
Graphic Recording of our Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Summit!

The Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Summit was held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on November 29, 2019. The event brought together over 50 participants including patient partners, clinicians, researchers, and trainees. 

The theme of the summit was "Biologically and Socio-Culturally Informed Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Strategies." Our goal was to (1) identify the key questions and priorities for survivorship research in BC, and (2) gain a better understanding of the assets and resources in BC to support survivorship research.
The diverse program featured short presentations from cancer survivors, caregivers, and a team of experts who shared their experiences of the cancer journey and presented the latest research findings and insights on gynecologic cancer survivorship ​

Lightning-Round presentations winners: (left to right) 
Delaram Behnami, Kate Wahl, Bonnie Lee, and Travis Hodges
People's Choice Award (Best Poster) winners: (left to right) 
Amanda Cheung and Andrea Louise Buenconsejo

Tri-Cluster Research Day x Neuroscience Extravaganza

On November 8th, we hosted a multi-disciplinary Research Day event with Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease, and Biomedical Imaging and AI Clusters. This event enabled our trainees to connect, collaborate and present their latest research. 
The day included:
  • Poster presentations exhibiting students’ work
  • Lightning-Round presentations by the top 10 abstracts
  • Awards presentation
Congratulations to the Lightning-Round presentation and best poster presentation winners. 
We look forward to more collaborations and public engagement events!


Call for abstracts and registration opens in January 2020!
We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have been confirmed:

Keynote Speaker:

Carol Tavris, Ph.D., a social psychologist and co-author of Estrogen Matters, a book that combats misinformation and provides evidence for the benefits of estrogen at menopause and beyond, even for survivors of breast cancer. 


Patricia Tomasi, Journalist & Co-Founder of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative
Shirley Weir, Founder of MenopauseChicks and author of Mokita: How to navigate perimenopause with confidence and ease
Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Liisa Galea, Ph.D., University of British Columbia 
Sandra Davidge, Ph.D., University of Alberta
Neill Epperson, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Jerilynn Prior, MD, University of British Columbia
Emily Jacobs, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Gillian Einstein, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Cindy Lee Dennis, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Benicio Frey, MD, MSc, Ph.D., McMaster University
Paul van Donkelaar, Ph.D. and Karen Mason, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Shau-Ming Wei, MD, (NIH/NIMH).  
Angela Colantonio, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Susan Howlett, Ph.D., Dalhousie University

We will be posting updated information on our Cluster website! Hope to see you there! 
Join us for our Winter/Spring 2020 Women's Health Seminar Series! We have another exciting lineup! The series kicks off Monday, Jan. 6, with Dr. Marina Adshade speaking on “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies: Women’s health as a determinant of long-run prosperity”?
See the full schedule of seminars

Academic Twitter Bootcamp

January 21, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Room 3402A/B/C
On January 21st  we will be partnering with the Women's Health Research Institute to bring you a Twitter Training workshop. The purpose of this session is to provide you with key skills needed to optimize your Twitter presence, share your research, and connect with leaders in your field.
Light refreshments will be served.
The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (CIHR-IGH) will provide travel awards for trainees at Canadian institutions to attend the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) annual meeting to be held on May 4-7, 2020 in Marina Del Rey, California, USA.

Applications are now open! Deadline: Feb 3, 2020  
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Research Trainee Travel Awards

MSFHR wants to enable BC-based research trainees working in the area of KT and public health to attend the 2020 Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health. To that end, MSFHR will provide travel funding and registration fees for up to three (3) BC-based research trainees whose abstracts are accepted for the 5th Fuse Conference. Eligibility criteria and application details will be announced in the new year on MSFHR's website in conjunction with the Call for Abstracts. 

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Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1



Ama Kyeremeh
Cluster Coordinator
Tel: 604 8272523

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