Cluster Updates

New Staff

Our cluster has been quickly expanding. Part of this expansion includes the addition of 6 part time staff who will be leading a number of new knowledge translation initiatives in addition to supporting our current work. Welcome to the team!

New Instagram Account

We’re now on Instagram! Follow us @WHRCluster for more great women’s health content.
Upcoming Events

Nov 4: Tri-Cluster Research Day

As part of our #TriClusterRD event next Wednesday, we’ll be hosting a brainstorming session for the Health Innovation Funding Investment Award. Awards of 10-25K will be granted to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties to launch, develop or translate health-related research. 

Join us for a day of multidisciplinary exploration and leave with a collaborator. Register here.

Nov 16: Women's Health Advocacy

Why do we need to get maternal mental health on the health care agenda? Why do we need to talk about menopause? Find out in our special presentations on Women’s Health Advocacy from the founders of Menopause Chicks and the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative. Register here.

Nov 16: Stress, Reproduction and Beyond

Learn more about this Women's Health Seminar Series event and register here.

Nov 25: Emerging Technologies-BC's AI Showcase

UBC’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Action (CAIDA) and the Biomedical Imaging and AI Cluster invite you to their virtual conference. Learn more and register here.

Nov 30: Issues for Adolescent Girls and Young Women with Epilepsy

Learn more about this Women's Health Seminar Series event and register here.

Student Awards

Women's Brain Health Conference Registration Award

We still have a few awards to give out! All WHRC student members are welcome to apply for a chance to receive free registration to our Women's Brain Health Virtual Conference Series

CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair in Genetics Conference Award

In lieu of our usual travel awards, we are giving away $250 prizes to 10 UBC students bi-annually to help you register for conferences you are presenting at. Submit before Nov 22.

Recruiting Writers

Do you have research that you’d like to convey to a public audience? Have an issue that you’d like to discuss? Need a project to keep your mind off of all the summer fun your colleagues are having while you work diligently towards your goals? Consider writing a blog for us! 

We are seeking writers to contribute to our Women’s Health Blog. Blogs should be between 1000-2000 words and can be on any topic related to women’s health (e.g. laws that negatively impact women’s health, connection between recession and women’s health, medical sex and gender bias). If you’re interested, send us an email at with your blog topic to get started!

Advocacy & News

CTV News

“Without dedicated funding to women’s health issues, we’re missing out on potential life-saving treatments, including those for COVID-19.” This is one of many things our cluster leader shared with CTV News Vancouver this month in a discussion about women’s health research.

Women's Health Blog

Barriers in Transgender Research

“Protocols for the care of transgender women have been modelled after research done in cis-women populations. However, this can become problematic as these two populations differ by biological attributes, societal pressures and other factors”
. Student member Keila Turino Miranda from the University of Alberta (Canada), authored this noteworthy blog. Click here to read more.

New Members

After creating an online membership form, we received a huge boost in membership requests. Welcome to our cluster everyone!

  • Dr. Jennifer Richard, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (Sweden)

  • Yana Svatco, B.A. (Hons) in Psychology UBC. Aspiring grad student (Canada)

  • Dr. Sherri Hayden, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC (Canada)

  • Maggie Woo Kinshella, PhD student and Global Health Research Coordinator, UBC (Canada)

  • Laura Pritschet, Graduate Student, University of California Santa Barbara (USA)

  • Dr. Helen Tremlett, Professor, UBC (Canada)

  • Lindsay Cameron, PhD Candidate, University of California Davis (USA)

  • Julia Terreros Roncal, PhD Student, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (Spain)

  • Piper Dickhout, Undergrad, UBC (Canada)

  • George Barreto, Assistant Professor, University of Limerick (Ireland)

  • Ravia Arora, BC Centre of Health Research (Canada)

  • Nichole Fairbrother, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC (Canada)

  • Dr. Karyn Frick, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)

  • Dr. C. Neill Epperson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine (USA)

  • Dr. Kejal Kantarci, Consultant and Professor of Radiology at the Division of Neuroradiology Mayo Clinic Rochester (USA)

  • Dr. Christina Metcalf, PDF, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (USA)

  • Laura Gravelsins, PhD student, University of Toronto (Canada)

  • Miguel de la Flor Garcia, PhD Student, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (Spain)

  • Dr. Holly Hunsberger, PDF, Columbia University (USA)

  • Dr. Yinshan Zhao, Senior Data Scientist, Population Data BC (Canada)

  • Dr. Gayatri Saraf, Post Doctoral Clinical Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC (Canada)

  • Emma Riek, Masters student, UBC (Canada)

Now Accepting Donations

If you feel passionate about the work we are doing and are in a position to give, 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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