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Impact July 2015

Impact July 2015

This issue: Advancing care for chronic conditions

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.

Women’s Xchange spring event focuses on doing research with the hard to reach

Women’s Xchange Spring event



New online curriculum launched by experts in sexual violence
Addressing Past Sexual Assault in Clinical Settings is an online multimedia tool designed to help all health care providers recognize and treat survivors of sexual past assault.

WCH welcomes a delegation from Zambia’s Ministry of Gender and Child Development
Zambian officials meet with experts at WCRI and WCH as part of a Canadian study tour to exchange ideas about how to address gender-based violence.

WCH hosts authors meeting for a new Lancet series
Dr. Ophira Ginsburg hosts an international group of oncologists, global health and policy experts to discuss a new series she is leading for The Lancet on health, equity and women’s cancers.


Study finds medications used to treat diabetes may trigger heart failure
Results from a study led by Dr. Jay Udell question whether glucose-lowering medications are safe.

Research confirms strong link between diabetes and later stage breast cancer at diagnosis for Canadian women
Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe led a study reporting that women with diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of breast cancer than women without diabetes.

WCRI scientists make breakthrough discoveries in breast cancer research
In three new studies, scientists discover a new breast cancer gene, link ethnicity and later-stage breast cancer, and reveal that ovary removal improves breast cancer survival.


Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya received a prestigious Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice. He will begin his fellowship in August 2015 at The Commonwealth Fund, where he will conduct research to help develop patient-centered health information technology. His work as the Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women's College Hospital will continue during his fellowship.

Catherine Classen, PhD, won the Psychologist of the Year Award for the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Society.

Dr. Noah Ivers received a Health System Research Fund Capacity Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Worth over $1 million, the grant will allow Dr. Ivers to test whether repeated educational adherence reminders to heart attack patients and their providers will improve adherence to medication and rehab.

Dr. Noah Ivers received an IMPACT Award from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Valued at $1.8 million, the grant will support his work in conducting trials and policy-oriented evaluations of large-scale quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe received the 2015 Goldie Award for Research from the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The honour is awarded annually to a member of the Department who is within ten years of appointment and who has made a contribution of notable merit.

Karen-lee Miller, a student working on her PhD in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health under the supervision of Janice Du Mont, successfully defended her dissertation on the use of victim impact statements in sexual assault cases.

Dr. Steven Narod and his team received nearly $1 million in infrastructure funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. The investment will allow the team to add new equipment to their state-of-the-art laboratory and expand their cancer genetics research program.

Dallas Seitz, a PhD graduate who was supervised by Dr. Paula Rochon, received the Thomas and Edna Naylor Memorial Award from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation for the best paper based on a thesis in health services and health care research.

Dr. Simone Vigod received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Valued at $300,000 over a five-year term, the award will allow her to explore the epidemiology and treatment of maternal mental illness.

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