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@WomensResearch explores the latest in women's health research in British Columbia.

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Episode 12: Busting myths with Professor Timothy Caulfield


Episode 21: Checking in with Dr. Nikki Salmond and Dwayne Tucker
In this episode, Dr. Angela Kaida chats with Dr. Nikki Salmond and Dwayne Tucker, recipients of our 2021 Graduate and Fellowship Research Awards in Women's Health.  Our 2022 competition is live, with applications due on September 19th, 2022! Learn more here:  Connect with Angela, Nikki, and Dwayne on Twitter. About the speakers: Dr. Angela Kaida is a Co-Producer of the short film HIV Made Me Fabulous. She is a global health epidemiologist and Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her global research program centres on a rights-based, evidence-informed, and community-driven approach to sexual and reproductive health among women and youth living with and affected by HIV. She is a Principal Investigator of several community-based cohort studies in South Africa, Uganda, and Canada, including the CHIWOS study. Dr. Nikki Salmond is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr Karla Williams in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Dr Salmond’s research goal is to better understand breast cancer and how we can more effectively treat breast cancer to improve patient survival. Dwayne Tucker (bio coming soon!)
September 01, 2022
Episode 20: How can we make digital health more equitable?
In this episode, Candice Taguibao chats with Dr. Caroline Figueroa, Dr. Gina Ogilvie, and Dr. Roopan Gill about digital health, equity, and innovation.  Mentioned in this episode: The need for feminist intersectionality in digital health CervixCheck Vitala Global About the speakers: Candice Taguibao is the digital health research manager at the Women’s Health Research Institute. She is interested in the ways that digital technologies can be used responsibly to improve health outcomes and health system processes. Candice has a background in public health and has previously worked in academic and health tech spaces. Candice completed her B.Sc. from McGill University and her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Roopan Gill is an obstetrician gynecologist with expertise in family planning and abortion care. She completed her training in Canada and holds a Masters in Public Health in Global Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked as an emergency obstetrician gynecologist in Nigeria and Yemen with MSF and most recently as their Women's Health Advisor supporting projects in countries such as Malawi, Chad and Pakistan. She has previously worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) providing technical expertise to its Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. She played a pivotal role in the WHO Essential Medicines List application to bring Mifepristone and the combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol to its core list and was on the Evidence Review team for both their Medical Management of Abortion guidance and the recently launched Abortion Care guidelines. Roopan has published in peer-reviewed journals focussing on better understanding the challenges and needs of women and girls accessing reproductive and sexual healthcare needs. Most recently she was featured in Forbes as one of seven female founders committed to inclusivity and accessibility. Caroline Figueroa, MD Ph.D., is a Psychiatry Resident at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, and an affiliate researcher at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. She obtained her MD degree and Ph.D. degree at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her Ph.D. research took place at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Oxford, where she studied cognitive and neurobiological vulnerability factors for recurrence of depression in patients remitted from Major Depressive Disorder. Current research interest is on digital interventions for depression, with an emphasis on developing cutting-edge innovations that tailor to the needs of underserved populations. Gina Ogilvie, MD MSc FCFP DrPH, is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention, Professor at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health, and Associate Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute. Dr. Ogilvie is currently principal investigator on over $13-million in research grants and she has received funding from PHAC, CIHR, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Foundation for Innovation and private foundations including BC Women’s Hospital Foundation among others. Her research is focused on both the public health and clinical aspects of reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, HPV screening and the HPV vaccine, and her findings have been highly influential in setting and directing health policy both in Canada and globally.
August 08, 2022
Episode 19: Exploring arts-based knowledge translation with the HIV Made Me Fabulous team
HIV Made Me Fabulous is a short film produced through the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. This episode explores the collaboration and journey that led to this incredible piece of arts-based knowledge translation. Before listening, we encourage you to view the film at  The resources mentioned in this episode can all be accessed on the Life and Love with HIV website. About the speakers Dr. Angela Kaida is a Co-Producer of the short film HIV Made Me Fabulous. She is a global health epidemiologist and Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her global research program centres on a rights-based, evidence-informed, and community-driven approach to sexual and reproductive health among women and youth living with and affected by HIV. She is a Principal Investigator of several community-based cohort studies in South Africa, Uganda, and Canada, including the CHIWOS study. Juno Roche is the Writer and Narrator of HIV Made Me Fabulous. She is a writer and campaigner whose work around class, gender, sexuality and trans lives has been funded by the likes of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and described as 'provocative and innovative'. Juno studied Fine Art and Philosophy at Brighton and English Literature at Sussex, and writes for a wide range of publications including Bitch Magazine, Dazed, Vice, Broadly, Cosmopolitan, The i, The Independent, i-D, The Tate Magazine and Refinery29. Her first three books, Queer Sex, Trans Power and Gender Explorers were published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her memoir, A Working-Class Family Ages Badly, published by Dialogue Books has recently been released. Edmond Kilpatrick is the Director and Producer of HIV Made Me Fabulous. He has held a professional dance career for over twenty years. His performing career is highlighted by nine years as a featured principle dancer at Ballet BC. Edmond’s career has transitioned from dance performance to film and arts for social change facilitation. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University. Azra Bhanji is a recent Master of Public Health graduate from Simon Fraser University. She is currently the research co-ordinator for the short film HIV Made Me Fabulous. Azra also co-ordinates the Life and Love with HIV digital storytelling platform that shares experiences, disseminates scientific evidence and offers support for health and wellbeing among women living with HIV. She also has experience planning, organizing and implementing HIV and youth related programming in Kenya. This episode features audio titled Borough by Blue Dot Sessions.
July 29, 2022
Episode 18: Reproductive mental health
In honour of World Maternal Mental Health day, Dr. Kathryn Dewar spoke with Dr. Catriona Hippman and Claire Lawrence about their research and reproductive mental health. Links:  Reproductive Mental Health | Supporting BC women’s mental health before, during and after pregnancy SUPPORT study: Online Resource for Treating Postpartum Depression BC Women's Health Foundation  Connect with Dr. Hippman: Keep up to date with the SUPPORT study: BC Women’s Health Foundation is currently investing in reproductive mental health research and programming through their $4.5 million Reproductive Mental Health Campaign.  Funds raised through the campaign will support world-class research conducted by the Reproductive Mental Health Program at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, helping women across the province better navigate their mental health before, during, and after pregnancy. This episode features audio titled Borough by Blue Dot Sessions.
May 04, 2022
Episode 17: GOSH x @WomensResearch
Melissa Nelson sits down with Nicole Keay and Stephanie Lam, co-hosts of the Gynecologic Oncology Sharing Hub (or GOSH) podcast to discuss their podcasting journey, the power of storytelling, and patient engagement. GOSH episodes mentioned: Season 2 Episode 7: A Chinese Perspective - Hereditary Cancers, Genetic Testing and Language Accessibility ​ Season 2 Episode 3: Gender Diversity in Gynecologic Cancer Season 2 Episode 8: A New Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Clinic in BC Season 1 Episode 8: On Cancer Survivorship, Sexual Health and Mindfulness Listen to the GOSH podcast: Keep up with the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative: Website: Instagram: Twitter: This episode features audio titled Borough by Blue Dot Sessions.
April 07, 2022
Episode 16: In conversation with Dr. Jennifer Gardy
Dr. Angela Kaida sits down with Dr. Jennifer Gardy to discuss her journey, from research with the BC Centre for Disease Control, to her path to television, to her current position with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and what it means to think about local research in a global context. RESOURCES MENTIONED:  Gender Equality Toolbox This episode features audio titled Borough by Blue Dot Sessions.
March 04, 2022
Episode 15: Women's Heart Health
Nicole Prestley interviews Dr. Tara Sedlak and Dr. Natasha Prodan-Bhalla on their research, practice, and advocacy to support women's heart health. Resources mentioned: Ms. Understood
February 08, 2022
Episode 14: SmartMom
This episode is led by Candice Taguibao, Digital Health Manager at the Women’s Health Research Institute, and features Dr. Patti Janssen, Shaina Pennington, Nadia Fourik, Randi Parsons, and David Puddicombe.  Learn more about SmartMom. This episode features audio titled Borough by Blue Dot Sessions.
November 23, 2021
Episode 13: Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research
This episode features Karen Mason, Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, and Quinn Boyle, interviewed by Dr. Kathryn Dewar.  TW: Please note that this episode discusses intimate partner violence and brain injury, and may be upsetting.  Learn more about the SOAR Project
October 07, 2021
Episode 12: Busting myths with Professor Timothy Caulfield
In this episode, Dr. Lori Brotto and Kate Wahl sit down with Professor Timothy Caulfield to discuss the role the research community can play in debunking pseudoscience. ScienceUpFirst - Together Against Misinformation Let’s Do Better: Public Representations of COVID-19 Science | The Royal Society of Canada (
September 01, 2021
Episode 11: Helping Healthcare Providers to Break the Silence on Perinatal Violence in BC
Please note that this episode contains discussion of gender based violence, which may be triggering or upsetting. In this episode, Drs. Jila Mirlashari, Ann Pederson, and Janet Lyons discuss their work which aims to understand barriers to and develop interventions for healthcare providers to address gender based violence in the perinatal period. Learn more about this project: Gender-based violence during perinatal care: the experience of women and healthcare providers
August 12, 2021
Episode 10: Does women's interest in sex change with their menstrual cycle?
Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior, Dr. Shauna Correia, and Allison Macbeth discuss a recent publication from the Center for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research, examining where and if women’s interest in sex peaks at any point in the menstrual cycle. Learn more about CeMCOR, or check out their Daily Diaries. Read Dr. Prior and Allison's publication
July 01, 2021
Episode 9: Kangaroo Care
"What is stopping us?" Sarah Coutts, Alix Woldring, and Deb McLaren discuss kangaroo care, implementation science, and the future of care in British Columbia's neonatal intensive care units. Learn more about kangaroo care: Read about the first phase of this project:
May 06, 2021
Episode 8: Analyzing online conversations
What are people saying about the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode Nicole Prestley speaks with Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi, Dr. Julia Smith, and Maliha Saddiqi, members of the Gender + COVID-19 project at Simon Fraser University who are analyzing social media posts to get to the bottom of this question. Through machine learning and various research methods, their goal is to better understand how people discuss COVID-19 through a gendered lens. Learn more about the Gender + COVID-19 project: 
February 04, 2021
Episode 7: The World of Sex Research
In this episode three members of UBC Sexual Health Research demystify the world of sex research.
December 22, 2020
Episode 6: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on trainees
How has COVID-19 impacted trainees? In this episode, Dr. Angela Kaida speaks with Chenoa Cassidy-Matthews, Kalysha Closson, Kristina Jenei, Bethel Lulie, and Punit Virk about their experiences as graduate students in public health. Learn more about the findings of our survey on the impacts of the pandemic on trainees in women's health: Read "Challenges and opportunities for graduate students in public health during the COVID-19 pandemic":
October 22, 2020
Episode 5: Social Media
On this episode of @WomensResearch we hear from Nicole Prestley, Brynn Lavery, and Melissa Nelson, who share their insights into the uses of social media for disseminating research results and supporting knowledge translation work. Learn more about the #DebunkingDesire campaign by searching the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, or visit You can stay up to date with the campaign by following @UBCSHR on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Read the #ItsNotInYourHead campaign report: Learn more about influencer contracts:
September 02, 2020
Episode 4: Virtual Leadership
In this episode of @WomensResearch, Nicole Prestley interviews Dr. Lori Brotto, Dr. Gina Ogilvie, and Heather Corcoran about navigating the unfamiliar terrain of leading an institute virtually.
July 07, 2020
Episode 3: Why women's health research?
In this episode, Dr. Arianne Albert, Senior Biostatistician, and Dr. Liisa Galea, Scientific Advisor, explore a loaded question: Why women's health research? FURTHER READING: Dr. Albert + Dr. Galea's paper on sex difference research: Problems and Progress regarding Sex Bias and Omission in Neuroscience Research: Dr. Galea's piece for Beery AK, Zucker I (2011) Sex bias in neuroscience and biomedical research. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 35:565–572. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2010.07.002 pmid:20620164 Dr. Albert on Twitter Dr. Galea on Twitter
May 28, 2020
Episode 2: Fighting misinformation online
With COVID-19 changing so many aspects of our lives, knowing how to identify and combat health misinformation online is an increasingly important skill.  In this episode, Dr. Beth Payne and Dr. Robine Donken explore the role the research community can play to help ensure health information shared online is accurate and evidence-based. Links to the resources mentioned in this episode: Dr. Beth Payne's CTV interview Sifting Through Misinformation by the BC Women's Health Foundation (filled with fantastic resources!) BC Government COVID-19 page BC CDC COVID-19 page WHO COVID-19 page John Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
April 20, 2020
Introducing @WomensResearch
In the first episode of @WomensResearch we're exploring the topic of Knowledge Translation with Nicole Prestley, Manager of Research + Knowledge Translation, and Dr. Lori Brotto, Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute.
March 04, 2020