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Women’s Xchange hosts event to build capacity among women’s health researchers

December  1, 2014

Women’s XchangeRecently, Women’s Xchange hosted its fall event, Bringing Research to Life Using Innovative Multimedia Approaches. Featuring experts in communicating research through video, theatre and photography, the sold-out event attracted researchers and trainees, $15K Challenge award recipients, and community groups from across the province.

“The goal of the event was to build capacity in women’s health researchers and expand their knowledge translation toolboxes,” says Dr. Paula Rochon, Women’s Xchange lead and vice-president of research at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). “Our excellent panel of speakers showed us how we can all use various interactive, engaging approaches to effectively share our research findings with a wide audience.”

Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of WCH, gave an opening address, while Dr. Rochon was the master of ceremonies for the day.

Opening presenter Dr. Mike Evans – a physician and founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute – shared how he has used videos, infographics and social media to engage patients and the public.

As well, Vrenia Ivonoffski, the founding artistic director of ACT II STUDIO, spoke about the art of transforming research into theatre. She shared her experiences collaborating with researchers to produce performances related to cancer, breast health and dementia.

Liam O'Rinn – a documentary writer, director and producer – provided the audience with tips on how to produce engaging videos. And Nancy Viva Davis, a member of the Red Wagon Collective, shared a photography project she and her colleagues have conducted with women experiencing exclusion, insecure housing and homelessness in Toronto.

“As we learn new and better ways to advance the health of women, that knowledge must be quickly and effectively shared so it can be applied to making real and effective change,” says Dr. Robin Mason, a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and scientific lead of Women’s Xchange. “Our speakers inspired the audience to think broadly and creatively about how to communicate their research in ways that will benefit the health and well-being of all Ontarians.”

The event closed with remarks from Nancy Kennedy, assistant deputy minister of health system strategy and policy at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, followed by a networking session. 

“We are looking forward to our next event in spring 2015,” says Stephanie Lagosky, project lead of Women’s Xchange. “At Women’s Xchange, we tailor our events based on the feedback we receive from attendees, aiming to make our events as engaging and useful as possible for our audience.”

Videos from the fall event will be posted soon to the Women’s Xchange YouTube channel.

Bringing Research to Life Using Innovative Multimedia Approaches


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