Women’s Health Research: Challenges & Opportunities

Spring Event: June 20, 2014

On Friday June 20th, Women’s Xchange held its first spring event, Women’s Health Research: Challenges and Opportunities. The event brought together community and academic researchers from across Ontario for a day of thoughtful and dynamic discussion on conducting women’s health research. The day began with a panel discussion on the issues and solutions in conducting community based research. Following the panel discussion, three of the year one $15K Challenge award recipients showcased videos outlining their community-based research projects. During the lunch hour, graduate students displayed their current research with attendees via poster presentations. After lunch, keynote speaker Dr. Joy Johnson, Director of the Institute for Gender and Health, captivated the audience with how researchers could shape science for a healthier world by integrating sex and gender considerations in health research. At the end of the day, two student research poster awards were awarded. Both winners were from the University of Ottawa: Grady Arnott for her poster Mobilizing misoprostol: Exploring misoprostol policies and practices in refugee, crisis, conflict, and emergency settings, and Jillian Gedeon for her poster Assessing the experiences of intra-uterine device users living on the Thailand-Burma border. The event aimed to inspire all in attendance to take a closer look at how sex and gender can influence health research, and shone a light on the shared experiences of community-based researchers from across the province.

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10:00 a.m. Opening Address and Welcome Marilyn Emery
President and CEO
Women’s College HospitalPaula Rochon
Vice President of Research
Women’s College Research Institute
10:15 a.m. Discussion Panel
“Doing Community Engaged Research: Issues and Solutions”
Panel Moderator:
Paulette Senior
CEO, YWCA CanadaPanel Members: TBD
11:15 a.m. Video Screening
$15K Challenge Funded Projects
Award recipients from the $15K Challenge have created 2-5 minute videos describing their research projects. The $15K Challenge provides $15,000 or more to community-based organizations to conduct research that advances the health of women across Ontario.
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided) Networking opportunity for all attendees to discuss their work.
12:30 p.m. Student Poster Presentations/Viewing Opportunity Poster display of women’s health research conducted by graduate students from across the province. Poster awards will be given at the end of the day.
1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
“Integrating Sex and Gender Considerations in Health Research: Shaping Science for a Healthier World”
Dr. Joy Johnson
Director of the Institute for Gender and Health, CIHR
1:45 p.m. Student Award Announcements and Closing Statements Paula Rochon
Vice President of Research
Women’s College Research Institute
For videos of our Spring 2014 event, visit our YouTube Channel »