Women's College Research Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute based at the historic Women’s College Hospital.
It is one of only a few hospital-based institutes in the world to focus on women’s health and the only Canadian hospital to have created such a resource. It is home to international leaders studying many aspects of women’s health including breast cancer, musculoskeletal health, and the impact of violence and trauma.
WCRI scientists are expanding and exporting knowledge about health conditions that have unique implications for women throughout their lives – like arthritis, depression, diabetes and heart disease. They are investigating the complexities of these conditions as well as the social, political and economic forces that influence women’s health and health care access.
Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) fosters evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, ensuring greater quality, accountability and accessibility of care.
SPOR is a coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners – all dedicated to the integration of research into care, including:
Women’s Xchange Lead, Dr. Paula Rochon, is a member of the Matera Alliance, a group of international experts in sex and gender research from European and American research societies (International Society of Gender Medicine and the Organization for the Study of Sex Difference), and the Canadian Institute of Health Research dedicated to promoting the considerations of sex and gender in pharmacological research.
Women’s Xchange leads the sex and gender goal group within Diabetes Action Canada. Diabetes Action Canada is a Strategic Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) SPOR Program in Chronic Disease.