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Impact December 2016

Impact December 2016

This issue: New directions in women’s health research

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


WCH remains one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals
WCH is one of Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals for the fifth year running, according to new rankings published by Research Infosource Inc.

Read our 2016 Research Report
We are proud to present our 2016 Research Report, featuring highlights about how our scientists are closing the health gap between women and men and developing health system solutions.

Apply now for our summer student research program
We are accepting applications in several research areas for summer 2017. Please find the postings on our careers page.


Q&A with Dr. Mona Loutfy: the forefront of HIV research
An interview with WCRI scientist Dr. Mona Loutfy about her latest research for World AIDS Day 2016.

Researchers bring virtual mental healthcare to Ontario
Researchers at the WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) are testing virtual mental health care that helps patients learn how to monitor and manage their symptoms and support others with similar problems – all while remaining anonymous.

Heart disease patients receive high-dose flu vaccines in new North American study
Heart disease patients began receiving flu shots in Toronto and Boston this season as part of the first large-scale clinical trial in North America to test a high-dose flu vaccine for preventing heart attack, heart failure, stroke or pneumonia.

New online training to address the common but poorly understood impacts of sexual assault
With new funding from the Ontario Women’s Directorate, WCH is developing online, interactive training to help health and social service providers to better assist women who have experienced sexual assault.

Ovary removal does not protect BRCA1 mutation carriers against breast cancer, study finds
Ovary-removal surgery, or oophorectomy, does not reduce the risk of breast cancer for most women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation as much as previously thought, a new study by scientists at WCH has found. However, the surgery may reduce risk for BRCA2 carriers under the age of 50.

We must do more to prevent deaths from breast and cervical cancer: Dr. Ophira Ginsburg
Efforts to reduce preventable deaths from women’s cancers in low and middle-income countries are inadequate, say scientists in a series of papers published in the Lancet.


Young investigator award
Dr. Lihi Eder, scientist at WCRI and rheumatologist at WCH, received a Young Investigator Salary Award from the Arthritis Society. Dr. Eder studies psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis that affects those with psoriasis.

Innovation Fund Award
Dr. Simone Vigod, a scientist at WCRI and a psychiatrist at WCH, received an Innovation Fund Award in the Mental Health and Geriatric Care category from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.

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