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Impact September 2016

Impact September 2016

This issue: Research that empowers patients

Published by Women’s College Research Institute at Women’s College Hospital, Impact is a quarterly newsletter that shares our scientists’ research, stories and accomplishments as they improve health for all.

NEWS

Summer student research day
Promising young scientists presented their innovative research on Summer Student Research Day.

Dr. Steven Narod receives Basser Global Prize for BRCA research
The Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center has awarded Dr. Steven Narod the 2016 Basser Global Prize for advancing research related to BRCA mutations, leading to better breast and ovarian cancer treatment.

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer conference presents the latest in research
Women’s College Hospital scientists presented the latest breast and ovarian cancer research to a full auditorium at the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit’s biennial conference.

University of Toronto appoints Janice Du Mont to expert panel on sexual violence
Janice Du Mont, EdD, is advising on a survey of the sexual violence climate on campus at the University of Toronto through one of three new expert panels on sexual violence.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Type 2 diabetes linked to many cancers
People with diabetes have a high risk of cancer diagnosis before and shortly after their diabetes is diagnosed, found a study led by WCRI scientist Dr. Iliana Lega.

Academic leadership roles are still missing women
In 25 years, a considerable amount has changed to support women in pursuing academic leadership roles, but there is still a long way to go, argue Drs. Rochon, Wendy Levinson and Frank Davidoff in a commentary published in Academic Medicine.

AWARDS & HONOURS

Academic achievement
Maeve Paterson and Karen-Lee Miller, former students of Dr. Janice Du Mont, EdD, received awards for academic achievement in the University of Toronto’s Master of Public Health program, in the field of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. Paterson received the Gina Gesser Memorial Award and Miller received the David Coburn Award.

CAREB-ACCER Distinguished Service Award
Nancy Walton, PhD, the chair of Women’s College Hospital’s Research Ethics Board, has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB). The award recognizes significant contributions to research ethics in teaching, research or service.

Graduate student scholarships
Dr. Javaid Iqbal, a student of Dr. Steven Narod, received support for his research in the areas of cancer and women’s health from the Al and Hannah Perly Graduate Student Scholarship and the Frank Fletcher Memorial Fund.

Adjunct professorship
The Medical University of Vienna appointed Dr. Steven Narod an Adjunct Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in recognition of his long-standing collaboration with the university.

New chair appointment
Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD, received the Women’s Health Research Chair at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She will remain an adjunct scientist at WCRI.

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