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About Us

The Women’s Health Research Cluster, is an initiative originating at UBC which includes a multidisciplinary network of researchers including clinicians, community partners, and trainees, engaging in or interested in, women’s health research.

Why Women’s Health Research:

Although advances in sex-and-gender-based research approaches are needed to guide researchers in carrying out inclusive research, many domains of women’s health remain minimally, or not at all, studied. Women’s health research approaches are necessary to understand individual differences between women. There is a critical need to study individual differences across women, and to consider how different physiological (hormonal) experiences (menstruation, pregnancy, menopause) can influence women’s health and treatment and how gendered experiences and expectations may drive some of these differences. Women experience poorer health from missed diagnosis, minimized symptoms, greater burdens of specific diseases, and poorly targeted treatment. UBC is home to some of the most experienced and successful women’s health researchers in the world and so we thought it was the perfect place to start this intiative.

Vision:

We aspire to create a future where women can live a healthy and equitable life from birth to old age.

Mission:

To form a multidisciplinary collaborative network of researchers and stakeholders to promote, expand, and catalyse impactful women’s health research.

Short-term goals:

  1. Establish a network of multidisciplinary researchers and engaged stakeholders in Women’s Health across disciplines at UBC and other BC-based institutions to catalyze collaborations and research in women’s health.
  2. Advance knowledge translation and training in knowledge translation on Women’s Health at UBC.

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