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Government of Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation invest in national research program led by Dr. Steven Narod on Breast Cancer in Young Women – The grant of almost $5.7 million is one of the largest in Canada to study breast cancer in young women. > MORE


From WCH Foundation

The Future of Healthcare: New leadership at the Foundation to reach beyond our boundaries – On June 23, Women’s College Hospital Foundation welcomed new President & CEO Kathy Hay. An outstanding leader, Kathy’s passion for research, healthcare and education has been a driving force for her personally and professionally. She believes in the power of community – that together we can make an extraordinary impact and build the hospital of the future. Please join us in welcoming Kathy! Click here to read more.

My Health Matters is a mobile-enabled web tool created for women by the experts at Women’s College Hospital. It delivers health information based on your personal health priorities and individual life stage. includes articles, videos, recipes and interactive tools to help you manage and improve your health. Click here to take a quiz and test your knowledge on the types of exercise that help build bone strength.


Research on Familial Cancer in Jewish Women

Thanks to the generous support from the Beth Sholom Synagogue, the Familial Breast Cancer Unit at Women’s College Research Institute has extended their study of Familial Cancer in Jewish Women in Ontario until August 31, 2014. As a part of the research, Jewish women are being offered free genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, which predispose a woman to developing breast and ovarian cancer.

In order to be eligible, participants must be Jewish women (Ashkenazi or Sephardi) between the ages of 20 and 70 years old and residents of Ontario, and they cannot have had previous genetic testing for the BRCA1/2 genes. Interested individuals should contact the team at 416-351-3795 or at Click here for more information.

Spotlight on Health Disciplines and Nursing

Women’s College Hospital completes another year of successful nursing student placements – Students from University of Toronto and Ryerson University get nursing experience in ambulatory care. > MORE

WCH in the Media

What will help doctors improve their patient care?Global News – Dr. Noah Ivers

Sexual assault: the crowd factorThe Globe and Mail – Robin Mason

Protesters against Canada’s cuts to refugee health care vow not to go awayToronto Star – Dr. Meb Rashid

For more WCH news articles, click here.


From Women’s College Research Institute

Dr. Steven Narod’s and Amy Finch’s recently published article Impact of Oophorectomy on Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Women With a BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation was the most-accessed Original Report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in May, 2014. The article reported that women who carry a BRCA gene mutation and opt for preventive ovary removal surgery decrease their risk for ovarian or fallopian tube cancer by 80 per cent and have a 77 per cent lower risk of death from all causes than those who do not opt for surgery. This study was the first to look at these effects among a large cohort of women over a nearly six-year follow-up period. Click here to read more about the study.

Women’s Health Matters

This month, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Sheila Dunn, research director at the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital, about lower Pap testing rates in women who identify as LGBTQ, and importance of cervical cancer screening for all women.

Up and Coming at WCH
Coming up at WCH

This week at WCH: Click here for a list of events taking place at Women’s College Hospital between July 2 and July 4.


If you have a story idea for a future issue of Connect, please contact Magda Stec at or ext. 3210.