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Impact April 2015

Impact April 2015

This issue:  Shedding light on women’s cancers

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.


External scientific review sets WCRI on a path to continue growing its research quality and impact
Two external, internationally recognized researchers reported that WCRI is on an impressive trajectory and identified opportunities to continue to advance research at WCH and uniquely position WCRI.

Twitter chat on global women’s cancers a hit

On International Women’s Day, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg led a global discussion on Twitter about women's cancers to build momentum for The Lancet Series on Health, Equity and Women’s Cancers.

Women’s Xchange sees tremendous growth in funding initiative
Since 2013, the number of applicants to the $15K Challenge has more than quadrupled and the initiative has funded 40 community-based women’s health projects.


Project funded by Women’s Xchange will develop urgently needed elder abuse intervention
Janice Du Mont, EdD, and her team will develop an intervention that could improve the quality of life of abused older adults and shape health services policy and practice.

Research finds that race and ethnicity affect breast cancer mortality
Study led by Dr. Javaid Iqbal reports that black women have a higher risk of death seven years after being diagnosed with stage one breast cancer compared to other ethnicities.

Study sheds light on mammography exposure and breast cancer risk
Vasily Giannakeas explored whether women with known BRCA mutations, who undergo more routine and early age mammography screening, may be at an even higher risk of developing breast cancer.


WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

Dr. Katie Armstrong, a resident training in the department of surgery under the supervision of Dr. John Semple and an Innovation Fellow at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, was awarded the Michael Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies.

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg was nominated as one of the 100 Women Leaders in Global Health via a Twitter campaign launched by a world leading global health expert.

Dr. Noah Ivers received a Health System Research Fund Capacity Award from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. His funded project will aim to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in Ontario by increasing the uptake of cardiac rehabilitation and persistence with secondary prevention medications.

Dr. Steven Narod’s article “Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study: randomised screening trial” was identified as one of the most popular articles in the British Medical Journal in 2014.


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