Trainee Research Presentation

March 11, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm PST

Join us online for our next Trainee Research Presentation!

This session will feature short, blitz-style presentations by trainees about their undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral research projects. It's a great opportunity to learn about what students interested in women's health are working on, to join an engaging discussion, and to connect with peers. Check out our speaker line-up and register for this free event below.

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Victoria Riehl-Tonn, BScN, RN, MSc Student, University of Calgary

Presentation Title: Quality of Life in Patients Living with Kidney Failure Initiating Incremental or Conventional Hemodialysis, by Sex and Gender

Bio: Victoria graduated from Mount Royal University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Nursing, she then obtained her Registered Nurse licence. Currently, Victoria is a first year MSc student in Dr. Sofia Ahmed’s lab at the University of Calgary.


Chantal Rytz, MSc, PhD Student, University of Calgary

Presentation Title: Cardiovascular Implications of Gender-affirming Hormone Therapy in Transgender Adults

Bio: Chantal is a born and raised Calgarian, and, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Medical Biochemistry from UBC in 2016, returned to Calgary to complete a Master of Science in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences in 2019. Her work was nominated for a University of Calgary Graduate Medal and a Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in STEM. Chantal continued her studies and began a PhD in Fall 2020 at the University of Calgary with Dr. Sofia Ahmed, assessing the cardiovascular health of transgender individuals, particularly with respect to the use of gender-affirming hormone therapy and its route of administration, duration of exposure and frequency of use. In her spare time, Chantal enjoys doing anything outdoors, and is an avid downhill skier, mountain biker, hiker, and fly fisher


Antonio Florido, PhD Student, FI 2018 Fellowship, Institute of Neuroscience, Department of Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Presentation Title: Opposite-sex effects of the Tac2 pathway blockade in fear memory consolidation: implications for fear related disorders


Bio: I obtained my Psychology degree in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Psychopharmacology in 2015 from the University of Almeria (Spain). From 2016 to 2017 I participated in the creation and ran the animal surgery unit at the Institute of  Neuroscience, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Since the beginning of 2017 I am a PhD student under the supervision of De. Raül Andero.

My research interests are sex differences in the Tac2 pathway when modulating normal and pathological fear memory consolidation in mice. These studies are combined with in vivo calcium imaging in freeling moving mice. I am also interested in the mechanisms by which sex hormones influence the formation of new fear memories and sex-especific mechanisms supporting fear and stress-related pathology in women and men.


Jennifer Williams, PhD Candidate, McMaster University, Vascular Dynamics Lab

Presentation Title: Oral contraceptive hormones and the vascular endothelial nitric oxide pathway


Bio: Jennifer Williams is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. Her present research focuses on the short- and long-term impact of hormonal contraceptives on cardiovascular and metabolic indicators in females, and she has recently pivoted her research to look at underlying mechanisms of contraceptive hormones in vascular endothelial cells. Committed to the advancement of women in STEM, Jennifer volunteers with the McMaster Women in Science and Engineering group and is a graduate trainee with the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, and is involved in starting-up a sex and gender in health research network at McMaster. She is excited to share her current PhD research progress and hear of other women's health research from WHRC trainees.


Lara Radovic, BSc. (Hon) Student, Behavioural Neuroscience, University of British Columbia

Presentation Title: Exploring Links Between Body Image Self-Consciousness and Sexual Function Problems in Pregnant Couples

Bio: Lara is currently completing her Honours Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC, and is excited to be conducting her undergraduate thesis at the SWELL Lab. She is interested in fields intersecting psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and women’s health. She aspires to investigate historically understudied topics in psychiatric and medical research, such as sex differences and sexuality, birth control, pregnancy/postpartum periods, nutrition, eating disorders, and hormone imbalance

For more information, please contact Trainee Co-lead Alex Lukey at

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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