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The Clinical/Community Research Integration Support Program (CRISP) funds clinical and/or community research that has the potential to improve health outcomes and/or influence clinical practice at the point of care for women and/or children.

Funding requests up to $20,000 (total) for a three year term will be considered.


Objectives include the following:

  • Enhance research excellence and capacity in investigator-initiated clinical/community research studies.
  • Support the development of evidence-informed practice to improve health outcomes for women and/or children.

Congratulations to all awardees!

WCHRI is happy to announce that the CRISP competition results are now available.

Of the successful applicants, WCHRI is pleased to highlight Sophia Pin, an assistant clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and a gynecologic oncologist working at the Cross Cancer Institute and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. A summary of Sophia’s project is below.

Sophia Pin: “Weight loss prior to surgery in women with obesity and either pre-cancerous or low-grade cancers of the uterus”

Through her CRISP grant, Sophia Pin will explore whether optimizing patient health prior to surgery through weight loss reduces the risk of complications, including bleeding and infection, for women with cancer of the uterus.

Uterine cancer—the most common type of gynecologic cancer—is often related to obesity due to hormonal changes that affect the lining of the uterus. Surgery is the standard of care for this type of cancer and usually leads to a cure, however, obesity is a significant survivorship issue in uterine cancer. Women with obesity are more likely to have an increased risk of complications during and after surgery; for other types of surgeries, weight loss prior to treatment reduces these complications.

Over a two-year period, Pin will work with women with either pre-cancer or low-grade cancer of the uterus, whose body mass index is greater than 40. These women will be referred to a preoperative weight loss clinic for three to six months prior to surgery, where nutritional strategies or weight loss medications will be used to support weight loss.

Pin believes that this novel approach may be the cornerstone in gynecologic oncology surgery and management as this innovative prospective trial has the potential to lead to changes in practice.

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