A brighter future in women’s health

In celebration of International Women's Day, we’re celebrating a few of our researchers  who are paving the way for a brighter future in women's health.

Helen Steed

Helen Steed

Helen Steed, along with the “da Vinci” robot at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, is transforming treatment for women with uterine and cervical cancers.

Read about Helen Steed’s work in robotic surgery.

Jane Schulz

Jane Schulz

Jane Schulz has put hard research data to work to help build an incontinence clinic at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

Learn more about Jane’s work at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

Nadia Giannakopoulos

Nadia Giannakopoulos

Nadia Giannakopoulos is trying to solve the big mystery for patients with breast and reproductive cancers through their biopsies and lab tests.

Read more about Nadia’s innovative work.

Rachel Skow

Rachel Skow

Rachel Skow investigated whether exercise during pregnancy can improve and maintain cardiovascular health.

Read more about Rachel’s research into physical exercise during pregnancy.

Sue Ross

Sue Ross

Sue Ross and Indigenous women are collaborating to raise community awareness of menopause.

Read more about their partnership.


Tharsini Sivananthajothy

Tharsini Sivanthajothy

Tharsini Sivananthajothy looked for differences in decision-making processes for Canadian-born and newcomer moms. What she found was surprising for all moms.

Read more about what Tharsini discovered.


Vera Caine and Roxanne Tootoosis

Vera Caine

Vera Caine and Roxanne Tootoosis explored the experience of Indigenous women who have faced perinatal loss and how to start the healing process.

Read more about their work.

Vera Caine and her summer student, Jessica Khran, worked on developing an evaluation tool for Pregnancy Pathways, a housing program for pregnant/parenting women and their children who are experiencing homelessness in Edmonton.

All these research projects were funded by the generous supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women through WCHRI.

WCHRI women's health infographic