Impact May 2014

Impact May 2014

This issue:  Breaking new ground in women’s health research

Women’s College Research Institute welcomes summer students.

Editorial calls for women’s health equity

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, authored an editorial in ecancer that discussed women’s health equity in global cancer control and policy.

Published by Women’s College Research Institute at Women’s College Hospital, Impact is a quarterly newsletter that shares updates about our scientists’ recent accomplishments, tells their stories, and shows how their work is improving health for all.


Dr. Jacob Udell receives Rising Star Award from CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
Dr. Udell honoured for studying the benefit of the flu vaccine to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.

Women’s College Research Institute presents best paper and mentorship awards to faculty
WCRI’s Annual Research Paper Presentations and Mentorship Awards Ceremony recognizes and honours the achievements of its scientists and trainees. 

Conference to advance trauma-informed care
Trauma Talks conference on May 30 focuses on the intersection of culture and trauma and its significance when working with trauma survivors.

An inspiring evening to raise awareness for breast cancer 
Women attending a concert were invited to participate in WCRI’s study of familial cancer in Jewish women in Ontario.



Risk of pregnancy higher among girls with mental illness
Dr. Simone Vigod's first-ever study of fertility rates among girls with mental illness suggests that targeted school-based programs are needed along with greater integration of reproductive health care into adolescent mental health care.

Women with mental health-related disability at greater risk of abuse
Dr. Janice Du Mont’s findings suggest that prevention and intervention activities may need to better target women with mental health disabilities.

Preventing ovarian and breast cancer for women with BRCA mutations
Studies led by the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit clarify the benefits of ovary removal and bilateral mastectomy for women genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer.

Supporting church-based health promotion programs for older adults
Study led by postdoc Dr. Ananya Banerjee provides first-ever framework of factors that health promotion practitioners and church leaders can follow when implementing health programs for older adults in a religious institution.



WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

Dr. An-Wen Chan received a new CIHR meeting grant for SPIRIT: Improving quality and efficiency of clinical trial protocols.

Dr. Gillian Hawker received a new CIHR grant for her study in improved decision making related to total knee arthoplasty.

Dr. Javaid Iqbal, a post-doctoral fellow working with Drs. Steven Narod and Paula Rochon, was awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship, which will support his work in hereditary breast cancer research.

Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos was awarded a Cancer Care Ontario grant for her work examining lifestyle determinants of BRCA1 expression. 

Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe received a new research grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research to support her work on improving outcomes for cancer survivors with diabetes. She was also awarded a grant from the Lawson Foundation for her research on avoiding diabetes after pregnancy.

Dr. John Semple received a CIHR Catalyst grant to study the effectiveness of replacing ambulatory clinic follow-up with remote home monitoring using smartphones in breast reconstruction patients. He also received the Cause Leadership Award from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ontario Chapter for his leadership in breast reconstruction in breast cancer patients.

Dr. Jay Udell, research fellow, received a Rising Star Award from the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research for his article Association between Influenza Vaccination and Cardiovascular Outcomes in High-Risk Patients.

Dr. Simone Vigod received a new CIHR grant for a pilot randomized controlled trial that will evaluate an electronic patient decision aid for pregnant women with depression.

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