monday, february 4, 2013
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New innovative research tool aims to improve patient safety – Doctors base their treatment decisions on the results of research studies that aren’t producing reliable data, according to Dr. An-Wen Chan, Phelan scientist at WCRI and dermatologic Mohs surgeon at WCH. > MORE



Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Research Institute, was awarded the Hope Inspiration Award from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. The award, to be presented on Feb. 9 at the association’s annual MAD About You Gala, recognizes Dr. Dennis’s work to improve the prevention and management of postpartum depression.

Dr. Valerie Taylor, psychiatrist-in-chief and scientist, was awarded the TOPS Research Award from the Canadian Obesity Network. The award recognizes career contributions to research in the field of obesity. Dr. Taylor will deliver a keynote address and receive the award in Vancouver in May at the Canadian Obesity Summit.


Take Note

Ready, set, check, go – Women’s College Hospital improves compliance with the surgical safety checklist. > MORE


Coming up @ WCH

Take your health to heart! February is National Heart Health Month, so join Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative (WCHI) in celebrating! Be heart smart and sign up for the pedometer challenge, wear red for women and check out the lunch n’ learns held throughout February. Click here for more info and to learn about the exciting upcoming events.

On Wednesday Feb. 13 from 10am – 2pm, join the Foundation in the WCH lobby to send some sweet treats to your friends and colleagues at WCH just in time for Valentine’s Day. Candygrams are only $2 each, and your purchase will support our campaign. AND if you take your Cubey Box to the Candygrams table, filled with loose change, your name will be entered into a draw for a candy basket that will take place in the lobby on Feb.14.

Save the date: March 8 is International Women’s Day and Women’s College Hospital will be celebrating! Stay tuned for more information.

WCH in the Media

Dr. Erika Feuerstein was quoted in the Toronto Star in an article on drug Diane-35. To read the article, click here.

Dr. Valerie Taylor wrote an article for the Toronto Star on our complicated relationship with food. Click here to read the article.

For more WCH news articles, click here.

Spotlight on Nursing

Aiding the transition from pediatric to adult care: Women’s College Hospital works to improve health research on young adults – Jacqueline Follis completes a successful clinical fellowship on advancing our knowledge of adolescent care at the hospital.

Women’s Health Matters

Last month, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Women’s College Research Institute scientist Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe about her research on the effects of income level on diabetes risk.


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