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Impact Feb. 2016

Impact Feb 2016

This issue: Innovations that advance patient care

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.

Our 2015 Research Report is now online!

Research Report



Editorial by Dr. Steven Narod calls for a new standard of treatment for late-stage ovarian cancer
Dr. Steven Narod argues that up to 50 per cent of women with advanced-stage ovarian cancer could be cured with one treatment model.

Research by the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit gets spotlight in Nature
Important findings on breast cancer prevention and management by Joanne Kotsopoulos and her team are featured in prestigious journal.

WCRI graduate appointed interim associate director of new institute for indigenous health
Anita Benoit takes on new position at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto.

New website launched for online curricula addressing violence
Experts at WCH have created a new website for hosting free evidence-informed, interactive curricula on intimate partner abuse and sexual violence.


New tool aims to keep mental health patients out of hospital
Dr. Simone Vigod developed a simple scale that can help clinicians predict which psychiatric patients are at a high risk of being re-hospitalized and could benefit from special supports and services.

Clinician-scientist recognized for work on trauma care
Dr. Catherine Classen, PhD, was recently honoured by the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine for the “boundless impact” she has made through her research on psychological trauma.

Bringing personalized medicine to pharmacies
Scientists at WCH, CAMH and the University of Toronto are evaluating an innovative pharmacy practice model that uses patient genetic information to tailor medications.


WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

Laura Desveaux, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Women’s College Hospital, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship award from Accreditation Canada to evaluate the impact of accreditation programs on predicting quality of care outcomes. Laura is completing her postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Noah Ivers, in collaboration with the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions & Virtual Care.

Dr. Javaid Iqbal, a Master’s student supervised by Drs. Paula Rochon and Steven Narod, was awarded the Institute of Medical Science Open Fellowship Award from the University of Toronto. The award will support his graduate research, which is examining whether or not having a baby after breast cancer increases the risk of death from breast cancer. The research will help young women to make informed decisions when planning their families after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, won the 2015 Victoria College Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toronto. The award is given annually to a Victoria College alumna/us who has made an extraordinary contribution to society at large. Kotsopoulos was honoured for her research on the prevention and management of breast and ovarian cancer in women.

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