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There is much more to research than results – there are rich and fascinating stories to be told about how scientists discover a gap in knowledge, how they collaborate, why they choose to pursue a line of inquiry, or why a research user should care about their work.

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

Hosted by the Women's Health Research Institute.
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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 1, 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 1, 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 6, 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 4, 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 2, 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 7, 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 4, 2020