Mind the Gap: Hormonal Contraceptives and Brain Health

Mind the Gap: Hormonal Contraceptives and Brain Health — Session 2: Trainee-Mentor Networking Session

October 19, 2022, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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This is the first of four trainee-mentor sessions that is part of our virtual "Mind the Gap: Hormonal Contraceptives and Brain Health" conference, which brings attention to the brain health issues that women+ face and encourage the medical, scientific and commercial communities to address them.

These sessions are offered through a collaboration with the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Trainee Network and intend to provide trainees with the unique opportunity to meet and engage with sex and gender experts through informal conversations on diverse topics, including professional development and research. In this session, we will be joined by Dr. Lori Brotto to discuss communication etiquette within and outside academia.

If you have any questions that you would like to submit ahead of time, please email them to womenshealth.events@ubc.ca.


10:00am-11:00am PDT — Trainee-Mentor session with Dr. Lori Brotto

Individual Event Cost

General Public: $15

Students: $10

We offer you the option of registering for individual events or signing up for the entire series. Video recordings of our conference sessions will be sent to all registrants following each event. Register for this individual event below. 

Individual Event Registration


lori brotto

Dr. Lori A. Brotto, PhD

Talk Title: Communication Etiquette Within and Outside Academia

Bio: Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R Psych is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. Dr. Brotto is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with a Joint Appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. Her program of research focuses on women’s sexual health, and includes randomized controlled trials of psychological interventions (such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy) to address low desire in women and chronic genital pain (vulvodynia). She has a strong interest in quality of life among survivors, and has been involved in a number of studies to address sexual health among cancer survivors. To that end, she is a member of the Gynecologic Cancer Collaborative Cluster, lead by Dr. Gavin Stuart. Her CFI-funded research lab is located at Vancouver Hospital and is equipped with sexual psychophysiological measures, an eye tracker, and infrastructure to support salivary hormone collections. She also collaborates on studies exploring asexuality, culture and sexuality, and most recently, digital technologies to deliver women’s sexual health programs.

As a member of the Women’s Health Research Cluster, she is part of the “Applied” theme, which collectively examine women’s health research and its applications to clinical practice and policy. In her role as WHRI Executive Director, Dr. Brotto works closely with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) as well as other health authorities to raise the profile of research. This relationship also provides opportunities to champion women’s research needs across PHSA settings.



Bonnie Lee, University of British Columbia

Events & Communications Assistant at Women's Health Research Cluster


  • Mind the Gap: Hormonal Contraceptives and Brain Health
  • Trainee-Mentor Sessions
  • knowledge translation
  • science communication

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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