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British Columbia is a hub for excellence in women’s health research

BC Women’s Health Research Institute Interim Executive Director underlines the importance of leading medical and scientific research that directly impacts the lives of women.
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The First Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium: Celebrating Excellence, Shaping the Future through Collaboration and Capacity Building will take place on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at the SFU Segal Building in Vancouver, BC.
“At BC Women’s, our Research Institute is home to leaders in global health, infectious diseases, genomics, cancer, maternal, fetal and newborn health. I’m very proud of the work researchers affiliated with our Research Institute are doing to improve people’s lives. I believe having BC Women’s so strongly represented in these fields provides a new lens through which we can have a direct impact on the development of technologies and science in health care for babies, girls, women and men. The work we’re doing impacts provincially, nationally and also at the international level as well, confirming the calibre and importance of the work being done here in BC by our researchers.”

Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Interim Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute

April 27, 2017, marks the first Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium, a gathering of the top medical researchers in British Columbia. The Symposium provides WHRI researchers with an opportunity to share their research and generate interest in possible public health outcomes amongst health leaders. 

In 2014/2015, WHRI researchers received over $11 million in funding; seven of its members are Canada Research Chairs and one member is a CIHR Chair in Applied Public Health. 

“Clinical investigators and researchers interested in women’s health will spotlight world-class research being conducted in British Columbia and highlight how the province is uniquely poised to move the women’s health research agenda forward. These are exciting times for health research and I’m proud to be a part of building our capacity in health research.”

Dr. Deborah Money, Former Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute; Executive Vice-Dean, UBC

“BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre is a leading voice for women’s healthcare in BC. We’re a specialized quaternary care centre and well placed to lead women’s health research. The work our physicians and researchers do is recognized internationally and has a direct impact on the care we provide our patients and families. I’m very proud of the work being done. The Women’s Health Research Symposium provides an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of this work and to enhance our partnerships with governmental leaders in terms of creating awareness about and support for public health issues.”

Dr. Jan Christilaw, Vice President, Provincial Women’s and Newborn Health, Provincial Health Services Authority and Site Executive, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre
Examples of WHRI researchers leading the way include: 
  • Dr. Jessica McAlpine’s work in advancing cancer prevention and care for women facing ovarian cancer;
  • Dr. Deborah Money leading the reproductive infectious diseases research including knowledge translation in areas such as the Zika Virus, an emerging women’s health issue; 
  • Dr. Denise Pugash’s work in optimizing maternal and fetal health through prenatal diagnostics; 
  • Dr. Mel Krajden leading research in Hepatitis C care for women.
The Women’s Health Research Institute, the research arm of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre is one of only a few research institutes worldwide to focus exclusively on women’s health. 

The Women's Health Research Symposium will engage researchers and relevant stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines in order to provide a forum to connect, collaborate and advance future research to improve the health of women.

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