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Impact November 2015

Impact Nov 2015

This issue: Research excellence that advances care for women

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.

WCH maintains ranking as one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals

Canada’s top 40 research hospitals



Scientist on staying active to reduce cancer risk
In an article for the Toronto Star, Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, discusses how moving throughout the day helps to prevent cancer.

Lecture event sheds light on the impact of gender on mental health disorders
Guest lecture at WCH highlights gender differences and their implications in the prevalence and treatment of OCD and related disorders.

WCRI a new member of Research Canada
Joining the national alliance will allow WCRI to advance health research in Canada through collaborative advocacy.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists
WCRI’s popular summer student program offers a unique opportunity for students to explore research in women’s health.


Tackling women’s cancers at the WHO: a Q & A with Dr. Ginsburg
Dr. Ophira Ginsburg is now at the World Health Organization for one year building policy and programming for women's cancers. Before her departure, we asked her about her upcoming work there.

Redefining the early stages of breast cancer
A study led by Dr. Steven Narod is changing the world’s understanding of ductal carcinoma in situ and optimal strategies for its detection and treatment.

Supporting informed decision-making for women managing mental illness
Research findings by Dr. Simone Vigod now provide some reassurance to women who need to take antipsychotic medications during pregnancy.

Community-based research plan aims to improve health programming for young adults with HIV
HIV expert Dr. Mona Loutfy partners with youth and healthcare professionals to improve transitions to adult healthcare for youth living with HIV.


Dr. Sheryl Spithoff, family physician at WCH and graduate student at WCRI, received the Graduate Research Award from the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. The award will fund her master’s project focused on studying interventions that aim to reduce harms from prescription opioids.

Dr. Jacob Udell was one of ten inaugural recipients of the CP Has Heart Cardiovascular Awards from Canadian Pacific and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The award will fund his research exploring the impact of fertility drug therapy on women’s cardiovascular health.

Dr. Paula Rochon was named the inaugural Retired Teachers of Ontario Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. This endowed chair aims to advance care for our aging population and support growth, innovation and leadership in geriatrics research, education and training.


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