March 8, 2024

#InspireInclusion through women’s health research

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

For International Women’s Day 2024, #InspireInclusion, we proudly highlight women’s health research achievements over the past year. 

Embracing the spirit of inspiring inclusion, the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) celebrates the dedication of over 160 women’s health researchers committed to advancing well-being across every stage of a woman’s life. 

Join us in recognizing the ongoing journey toward inclusion acknowledging the significant impact of women’s health research in shaping healthier lives and communities.

Read the stories about incredible women working in women’s health research below.

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New Canada Research Chair aims to advance a health systems approach to family violence response and prevention

Health policy and systems researcher Stephanie Montesanti is among the recently named Canada Research Chairs at the U of A. Montesanti is working to advance critical actions towards integrated health system responses for family violence within primary health care.

Read the full article on Stephanie Montesanti’s work on family violence >>

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Helping endometrial cancer survivors stay healthy after treatment

Sophia Pin, Carla Prado and Christa Aubrey are working together to advance research on women’s health and cancer survivorship. They are currently helping endometrial cancer survivors stay healthy after treatment using a digital program called My Viva Plan, which focuses on nutrition and exercise.

Read the full article on Sophia Pin, Carla Prado and Christa Aubrey’s work with endometrial cancer survivors >>

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Undergrad researchers advance nursing science while honing skills in surprising ways

Nursing student Alaa Fouli spent the summer interviewing older Muslim women about how Islamophobia affects their ability to feel at ease when they’re out walking in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods and streets. Fouli was part of our 2023 summer student cohort, working to advance nursing science and build her research and clinical skills.

Read the full article on Alaa Fouli’s research on Islamophobia in Edmonton >>

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‘Firekeepers’: Women elders share advice for healthy aging

Sue Ross gathered strategies for aging well from Indigenous women in Maskwacîs through sharing circles. The project aims to gather valuable insights from elders, emphasizing the significance of traditional knowledge and practices in fostering wellness.

Read the full article on Sue Ross’ research on Maskwacîs women aging well >>

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Putting the spotlight on mature women’s health research

Colleen Norris has dedicated her academic career to working in women’s health research. Now, as the recently appointed Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research, she has the opportunity to expand from women’s heart health to a broader spectrum of mature women’s health.

Read the full article on Colleen Norris’ research on mature women’s health >>