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Impact November 2013


This issue: Redefining global thinking about health

 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.

IMPACT+ INNOVATION 2013, Women’s College Research Institute’s annual report, is now available in print and online


Women’s College a top 40 research hospital in Canada

For the second year in a row, Women’s College Hospital ranks as one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals, according to a new report released by Research Infosource Inc. The report, published annually, ranks research hospitals across Canada on their success in attracting support for health research.




Women’s College Hospital on the United Nations stage
At a United Nations event held in commemoration of World Mental Health Day, Dr. Catharine Classen spoke about the importance of trauma-informed care within our health care system.

Delegation visit from Vietnam
A visit by physicians from Vietnam sparks discussions of future collaboration in breast cancer research, education and training.

New Chair in Family Medicine Research
Women’s College Hospital honours the inaugural Frigon Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research, Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, a highly respected clinician scientist.

Campaign to improve clinical trials a success
A checklist developed by Dr. An-Wen Chan to guide scientists through the planning of their trials receives worldwide attention and acclaim.

Inspiring communities to advance women’s health
Women’s Xchange launches the $15K Challenge - a competition that will award $15,000 or more to individuals or groups in Ontario to help advance the health of women and girls.


Flu vaccine may reduce cardiovascular risk
New research led by Dr. Jacob Udell, finds that the flu vaccine may not only ward off serious complications from influenza, but it may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Improving outcomes for women with breast cancer
Ovary removal surgery improves the survival rate of breast cancer patients with a BRCA1 mutation, finds Dr. Steven Narod.

Enhancing supports and services for new moms with depression
A Canadian study led by Dr. Simone Vigod found that women living in large urban areas are at a significantly higher risk of postpartum depression compared to those living in rural areas.

Cardiac patients better off with longer prescriptions
New research led by Dr. Noah Ivers suggests that elderly cardiac patients given longer prescriptions when they leave hospital are more likely to continue taking their medication.


WCRI scientists and trainees honoured with recent awards

Dr. Andrea Gruneir received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award to study emergency department visits among long-term care residents in Ontario.

Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos received the new Canadian Cancer Society Career Development Award in Prevention, which will provide her with protected research time and allow her develop her career as a cancer epidemiologist.  Her research aims to help define novel strategies for the prevention, treatment and management of breast and ovarian cancer with a specific focus in high-risk populations.

Dr. Paula Rochon, Vice-President, Research, Women’s College Hospital, was elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. This fellowship recognizes Rochon’s research that examines patterns of adverse drug events and explores the impact of drug therapies on older adults, who are predominantly women.

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