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Women’s Xchange hosts first spring event

July 14, 2014

On June 20, 2014, 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.  

Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), gave an opening address, while Dr. Paula Rochon, lead of Women’s Xchange and vice-president of research at WCH, was the master of ceremonies for the day.

“The event inspired thought-provoking discussions, new collaborations and a renewed energy to take on the challenges of community-based research with a focus on women’s health,” said Dr. Rochon. “It was wonderful to see that community members, students and academics from across the province were able to attend.”

The keynote address was presented by Dr. Joy Johnson, director of the Institute for Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, who captivated the audience with a discussion about how researchers can shape science for a healthier world by integrating sex and gender considerations into health research.

The event included a panel discussion on the issues and solutions in conducting community-based research. Researchers taking part in academic-community partnerships shared their successes and challenges when conducting community-engaged research, while panel moderator Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada, managed a very engaging audience question and answer session. 

At the event, graduate students also presented posters that displayed their current research on women’s health. Vasanthi Srinivasan, executive director of the Ontario Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support Unit, and Nancy Kennedy, assistant deputy minister of health system strategy and policy at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, presented poster awards to two students.

“The event inspired all in attendance to take a closer look at how sex and gender can influence health research,” said Dr. Rochon. “I hope that our event will inspire more researchers, students and community organizations to work together to improve the health and quality of life of women and girls across Ontario and beyond.”


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