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2018 Highlights

National recognition

  • BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre is the first in Canada to open a preemie biobank for non-invasive research that uses cord blood from premature babies preterm delivery to study diseases and infections. 

Best in BC

Leading the way in research and innovation

  • BC Women’s and BC Children’s researchers were awarded more than $4.9 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant Spring 2018 competition.

  • BC researchers find the HPV test superior to Pap smears in the first study of its kind. Findings from an eight-year study involving 19,000 BC women have suggested that testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV) is better at detecting cervical pre-cancer than the standard Pap test. The study, published July 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), was led by scientists from BC Women’s, BC Cancer, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia. It is the first clinical trial to directly compare the effectiveness of the two tests.

World-class research and medical staff

  • Dr. Gina Ogilvie was honoured as Options for Sexual Health (OPT) 2018 Sexual Health Champion for her outstanding contributions in sexual health. She was recognized at OPT’s annual breakfast held during Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness week where various organizations promote awareness of sexual health. Dr. Ogilvie is the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) Assistant Director and Senior Advisor of Research, and she is a Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV Related Diseases at UBC.

  • Lori Brotto, executive director of WHRI, was elected as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her innovative research on understanding and treating sexual health and genital pain associated difficulties in women.
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