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Impact June 2016

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This issue: Research that envisions the future of health

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


Dr. Steven Narod awarded Killam Prize
The Canadian Council for the Arts has awarded Dr. Steven Narod the prestigious Killam Prize for Health Sciences for his revolutionary research on hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

Ontario funds studies on sexual assault against Indigenous women
Scientist Dr. Janice Du Mont is launching a new study on how police affect Indigenous women’s use of sexual assault services.

Women’s Xchange panelists call for better measurement, policies
Canada has the tools it needs to build a support system that works for women facing poverty, said panelists at a Women’s College Hospital event May 6.

Diabetes research network consults WCH
Canadian researchers have launched a national research network to improve diabetes care with help from the Women’s Xchange centre’s consultation services.

WCRI scientist joins Ontario trade delegation to Israel
Dr. Robin Mason promoted education for sexual and domestic violence treatment during Ontario’s trade mission to Israel May 15 to 20.


Higher risks for intellectually and developmentally disabled moms
Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at increased risk for serious pregnancy complications, according to a study by Dr. Hilary Brown, a postdoctoral fellow at WCRI. Their newborns experience complications as well.

How digital technology can transform health
Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, a scientist at WCRI, is part of a major project at the Commonwealth Fund in New York, which is convening researchers, technology vendors, regulators, health care providers and investors to understand how to manage sensitive medical information and build a tool that is financially viable.

Older adults are overprescribed conflicting drugs
Many seniors are taking two conflicting types of drugs: one to improve mental function and one that worsens it, according to a recent study led by Christina Reppas-Rindlisbacher, a University of Toronto medical student conducting research at WCRI.


Victoria College Distinguished Alumni
Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, won the 2015 Victoria College Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toronto for her research on the prevention and management of breast and ovarian cancer in women.

U of T Alumni Award
Pamela Ng, an undergraduate student of WCRI scientist Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos, received a University of Toronto Alumni Association award. Ng is an accomplished student researcher with an interest in public health and practicing medicine. She is also a musician, artist and social activist.


Best scientist paper
Clinician and scientist Dr. Simone Vigod won Best Paper by a WCH researcher for “Antipsychotic drug use in pregnancy: high dimensional, propensity matched, population based cohort.”

Best trainee paper
Javaid Iqbal, a trainee in the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit, won best trainee paper for “Differences in Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis and Cancer Specific Survival by Race and Ethnicity in the United States.”

Mentorship award
Dr. John Semple won the WCRI mentorship award for his outstanding efforts to support the development of the next generation of surgical clinician researchers.

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