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Impact February 2014

Impact February 2014

This issue: Improving women’s health globally

 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. Cindy-Lee Dennis

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis awarded new grants to do innovative research on postpartum depression.

Dr. Steven Narod talks cancer prevention
Narod delivered a public lecture on cancer prevention at a Toronto conference that brought together the world’s leading cancer researchers.

Women’s Xchange launches funding competitions for community projects
New funding initiative supports grassroots projects across the province and aims advance the health of women and girls.



Bridging the digital divide to close the cancer divide
Dr. Ophira Ginsburg demonstrates that community health workers equipped with smart phones can increase clinical attendance for breast symptoms in Bangladesh.

Women continue to outlive men as numbers of centenarians on the rise
New findings will inform strategies to improve the delivery of health services for Canada’s centenarian population.

Survey of medical trainees in Saudia Arabia leads to new curriculum on family violence
Curriculum on intimate partner violence will help physicians better manage abused victims.

Non-hereditary gene mutation halves survival rate in ovarian cancer
New study identifies the need to expand genetic screening methods to include non-hereditary mutations.

Women with schizophrenia at higher risk of pregnancy and delivery complications
Study led by Dr. Simone Vigod will inform interventions to help improve the health of pregnant women with schizophrenia and their newborns.

Joint replacement surgery lowers cardiovascular risks in osteoarthritis patients
New research led by WCRI trainee Bheeshma Ravi shows that reducing disability in osteoarthritis patients controls or prevents other health conditions.

Women with HIV have worse clinical outcomes than men
First ever Canada-wide study led by Dr. Mona Loutfy finds that HIV-positive women respond more poorly to antiretroviral therapy.

Scientists call for increased value and reduced waste in biomedical research
Dr. An-Wen Chan says many more important discoveries could be made if the research community addressed inefficiencies in the way studies are designed, carried out and reported.



 WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis received the Helping Hands Hope Award from the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba for her work in helping mothers and their families manage postpartum depression and perinatal care.

Dr. Steven Narod received the Karen Campbell Research Excellence Award from Ovarian Cancer Canada, for making a significant impact on the understanding, future research and treatment of ovarian cancer.

Rachael Pettapiece-Phillips, an MSc student supervised by Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos, received a travel award from CIHR, and a Graduate Student Award from the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.

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