Trainee Research Presentation

September 29, 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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Jodie Hughes, BSc, MSc, University of Roehampton

Presentation Title: Study on the effects of location, ethnicity, gender and care approach on people with Endometriosis

Twitter: @JodieEndoPhD

Bio: Jodie is studying disparities in the care of people with Endometriosis, and identifying where there may be gaps. I will be collecting Health Related Quality of life scores using an online survey, and comparing the results between sample groups. There will also be semi-structured interviews with people that have expressed an interest in getting involved to add qualitative weight to quantitative results.


Shilpa Rao

Presentation Title: Constructing a prediction tool for disease severity in women with Parkinson's disease

Twitter: @shilpaCrao

Bio: Shilpa Rao is a PhD candidate in Molecular Medicine PhD Program at Cleveland Clinic & Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She is currently studying the role a woman's lifestyle may play in the risk and progression of Parkinson's Disease in Dr. Ignacio Mata's lab at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Insititute. Shilpa completed her BS in Molecular Biology at Loyola University Chicago.


Dr. Janet Currie, PhD

Presentation Title: Why are we continuing to use domperidone to treat low breastmilk supply when it is not approved for this use?

Bio: Dr. Janet Currie just completed an interdisciplinary PhD looking at the patient, clinician, institutional and policy drivers associated with the increased use of domperidone to address low milk supply in BC.  She was the founder and principal a consulting company in BC where she directed over  100 evaluation and policy-based federal, provincial and territorial government research initiatives in health, social service delivery, drug safety, civil and criminal justice. She has been involved in drug safety, access, cost, and effectiveness data issues for many years in the non-profit sector and as consultant to Health Canada.

Victoria Bernaud

Victoria Bernaud, BSc, MSc, Arizona State University

Presentation Title: The cognitive effects of the highly selective progestin segesterone acetate in a rat model of surgical menopause

Twitter: @bernaudvictoria

Bio: Victoria is currently a fifth-year doctoral student in the Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Working in Dr. Heather Bimonte-Nelson’s Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory and Aging Laboratory, her research uses preclinical models to explore the effects that surgical and hormonal alterations to the female reproductive system have on neurobiological and cognitive functioning throughout aging. She received a Master’s degree in Psychology in Spring 2020, and is also an ASU undergraduate alumna, Class of 2017, with concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Psychology.

Francesca Uy

Francesca (Frankie) Uy

Presentation Title: Sex differences in the role of the frontal cortex activity in negative cognitive bias from adulthood to middle-age

Bio: Frankie is a graduate of UBC’s Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience program. In summer 2021, she was thrilled to work as a Research Assistant at Liisa Galea’s Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, where she became interested in sex and age differences of stress in cognition and immunity. She is currently completing her Master of Management degree with UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Through science and business, Frankie aspires to improve scientific literacy, particularly around topics surrounding the neurobiological basis of depression and chronic stress.

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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