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Impact July 2012

Impact July 2012

This issue: Engaging people across communities, disciplines, boundaries and borders

Published by Women’s College Research Institute, Impact shares updates about our scientists’ recent accomplishments, tells their stories, offers a peak into what inspires them and shows how their work improves the world. This issue features stories that highlight our commitment to engagement – whether we’re engaging a multitude of research disciplines in our projects, educating communities, or sharing our findings throughout the scientific community to ensure they have impact everywhere. As always, our people are reaching out across many of the walls that typically impede innovation.

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg’s Bangladesh travel update and photo album
Women’s College adjunct scientist Dr. Ophira Ginsburg recently returned from Bangladesh, where she rolled out the first phase of her capacity building pilot project, supported by Grand Challenges Canada.

Breaking down barriers between women and cardiac rehab
Women with heart problems rarely follow-up when they’re referred for cardiac rehabilitation, but their participation can be boosted when doctors consider factors that can influence their access to care, according to Dr. Paula Harvey, a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute.

Molecular mechanism may explain why more women than men get MS
Recently, researchers including Women’s College scientist and assistant professor of Immunology, Dr. Shannon Dunn identified a protein that governs sex-specific responses in human T cells, providing new insight into women’s increased risk of MS.

Working with Aboriginal women to reduce HIV
Women account for 48 per cent of Aboriginal people living in Canada who test positive for HIV, compared to 20 per cent in the non-Aboriginal population. Yet studies focused on the concerns of Aboriginal women in the context of HIV infection are scarce.

New HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines for Canadians
Canadians with well-managed HIV are increasingly planning pregnancies. Now their physicians can support them with the help of the Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines written by Women’s College scientist and physician Dr. Mona Loutfy, who is also an associate professor in the Department of Medicine.

Sexual orientation as social determinant of health
The World Health Organization Commission (WHO) final report: Closing the Gap in a Generation discusses many health inequalities related to a wide range of social determinants of health –including early childhood development, globalization, health systems, employment conditions, priority public health conditions, measurement and evidence, women and gender equality, urbanization, and social exclusion. However nowhere in the 200-page manual is there any mention of sexual orientation.




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