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Impact October 2014

Impact October 2014

This issue:  Research that improves the quality of healthcare

WCRI congratulates trainees on recent accomplishments
Women’s College Research Institute acknowledges its graduate students and research fellows who are making key contributions to our research. READ MORE

Dr. Narod awarded largest grant ever to study breast cancer in young women

Dr. Steven Narod

Newly funded program aims to better understand the unique biology of breast cancer in women under the age of 40 and its implications for prevention, risk reduction and delivering 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.


Dr. Hawker inducted into Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Dr. Gillian Hawker receives one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community.

11th annual Summer Student Research Day
WCRI’s summer student program and research day are not only opportunities to build capacity in science, but also to develop women in science.

Successful Research Ethics Board qualification
The Women’s College Hospital Research Ethics Board engaged in a Toronto Academic Health Science Network Qualification Assessment and met or exceeded all requirements.


Fifty per cent of quality improvement studies fail to change medical practices
A new study led by Dr. Noah Ivers finds that fifty per cent of quality improvement studies fail to change medical practices.

Diabetes a significant barrier to cancer screening
Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe’s findings suggest that women with diabetes are less likely to have a mammogram.

Cardiac clinic trials need to include more real world patients
Dr. Jay Udell’s findings raise questions about whether trial findings can be generalized to the wider population.

Heart failure patients have better outcomes when treated at larger hospitals
A study led by Dr. Sacha Bhatia sheds light on possible factors behind the high heart failure readmission and emergency department visit rates in Canadian hospitals.

WCRI scientist leads national consensus statement on HIV
Dr. Mona Loutfy and a team of experts provide crowns, judges and other legal professionals clear information about the science of HIV, its implications, and its risk of transmission in a legal context.


WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

Dr. Noah Ivers was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s New Investigator Salary Award for primary care research.

Dr. Mohammad Akbari received the Capacity Development Award in Prevention from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

Dr. Simone Vigod received the John M. Cleghorn Newly Established Researcher Prize from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

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