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Cluster Updates

Join our Socioeconomic Status Working Group

We invite all interested faculty, community members or trainees to join our SES Working Group. This group aims to raise awareness about the impact the that COVID-19 pandemic has had on diverse women through a socioeconomic lens. Currently, they are working on developing a podcast-mini series! Email if you’re interested or to learn more. 

Part-time jobs for UBC students

We're hiring 6 UBC students to support our podcast, blog, events and evaluation efforts. Click here for info and apply through Careers Online by Aug 13th.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Seeking Trainees with Sex and Gender Based Analysis Experience

Passionate about sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA)? Want to try your hand at writing curriculum? We’re calling on trainees with some SGBA expertise to help us write a case study focusing on sex and gender considerations in research. This case study will be integrated into a real UBC Faculty of Medicine course! Email if you’re interested or to learn more. 

Women's Health Seminar Series—registration open!

What does sex and gender responses to vaccines, economic abuse, caffine, menstrual cycles and decolonizing research have in common? They are all topics covered in our next Women’s Health Seminar Series, which starts September 13th! Check out all the talks we’ve got lined up and be sure to register here—attend 90% of them to receive a Certificate!

Women's Health Interrupted—launches today!

Our new podcast is live! You can now listen to our inaugural episode of Women’s Health Interrupted on all major podcast platforms. Join us each month as we explore four overarching themes (general health and wellness, brain health, socio-cultural determinants of health as well as politics, policy and advocacy) through scientific inquiry and storytelling. Listen and subscribe.
Women's Health Blog
COVID-19 Vaccines and Infertility: Fact or Fiction?

This blog debunks 5 myths associated with COVID-19 vaccination and fertility. Read it here and share on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to help our global community feel safe getting vaccinated.

Behind the Science with Cindy Kalenga

“As a black woman pursuing a combined M.D. and Ph.D. degree, I have encountered very few minorities in leadership positions or as professors within my educational training.” Read more.



Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women's Health

This award provides salary support to Women's Health Research Institute (WHRI)-affiliated graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in women’s and/or newborn health research and who do not currently hold major competitive salary awards. One graduate-level award and one postdoctoral-level award valued at $13,500 each are available for a one-year period. Due Sep 20. Read more.

Operating Grant: Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps & Priorities 

The Government of Canada will launch several funding opportunities under the “Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities” banner to address the identified research gaps in Canada. As priority gap areas are identified, additional funding opportunities will be launched. The purpose of this and upcoming funding opportunities is to provide rapid funding for projects which respond to identified gaps in COVID-19 research areas. One-year projects may receive between 500K-1M. Register by Aug 10th. Read more

Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

This funding supports community-based and community-led research partnerships with postsecondary institutions that are grounded in the lived experience of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups and that analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. Projects will receive $450,000 across 3 years. Read more.

Job Market

Making Ends Meet Research Coordinator

Making Ends Meet is a participatory action research (PAR) project led by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition that is looking at the individual and community impacts of low-wage work to provide a better understanding to policymakers of possible responses to working poverty, as well as provide training and support to build capacity for policy advocacy among individuals impacted by low-wage work. Apply by Aug 16.

In the Know


Harnessing the power of sex differences: What a difference ten years did not make (Rechlin, Splinter, Hodges, Albert & Galea, 2021)—5 cluster co-authors

Mothers’ quality of life delivering kangaroo mother care at Malawian hospitals: A qualitative study (Nyondo-Mipando et al., 2021)—2 members, Kinshaw and Vilder, co-authored this paper with colleagues

Disclosure of non-recent (historic) childhood sexual abuse: What should researchers do? (Silverio et al., 2020)—Cluster member Silverio co-authored this with his colleagues.  

A cross-sectional study of the relationship between CYP3D6 and CYP2C19 variations and depression symptoms, for women taking SSRIs during pregnancy (Hippman et al., 2021)—Members Hippman and Oberlander co-authored this with colleagues


‘Mommy Brain’ is Real (New York Times)—Features cluster member Dr. Cindy Barha and Cluster Lead Dr. Liisa Galea

Pandemic-related stress stoked Canadians’ sexual desire, until it didn’t, researchers find (CTVNews)—Features our Co-Lead Dr. Lori Brotto

‘Baby brain’ is real and could have long-term impacts. Should parents be worried? (Global News)—Cluster Lead Dr. Galea was interviewed in this piece. 

US Olympic marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk pushes to bring breastfeeding baby to Tokyo Games (abcNews)

Member Shout Outs!

NRSA F31 Award Winner

Trainee member, Laura Pritschet, recently received an NRSA F31 award from the National Institutes of Health to support her dissertation project, which investigates how reproductive aging impacts functional and structural brain networks in midlife. Congratulations Laura!

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!

  • Madeline Doucette, PhD student at the University of Victoria (Canada)

  • Sarah Widanage, Associate Degree student, Douglas College (Angola)

  • Emmanuela Ojukwu, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Janny Xue Chen Ke, Anesthesiologist at Providence Health Care (Canada)

  • Jesse Lacasse, PhD student at Concordia University (Canada)

  • Dr. Geoffry Cundiff, Professor, University of British Columbia (Canada)

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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.

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