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Trainee Research Presentation Series

The WHRC Trainee Presentation Series events feature short, blitz-style presentations by trainees about their undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral research projects. The event is an excellent opportunity to learn about what the fantastic WHRC trainees are working on, join an engaging discussion about women’s health research, and network with peers. Everyone is welcome! 

If you are a trainee who wants to share your research in a low-pressure, friendly environment, contact Kate Wahl (

Trainee Research Presentation | Date: June 23, 2021 | Time: 12pm-1pm PDT | Location: Zoom

Stephanie Koebele, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Center for Evolution and Medicine, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Hysterectomy uniquely impacts spatial memory in a rat model: A role for the N\nonpregnant uterus in cognitive processes

Eunice Bawafaa, RN, MSTTI, MScN, Western University

Women's experiences and perception of reproductive health access in rural Ghana
Alesia V Prakapenka, Postdoctoral Fellow The curves, turns, and bumps along the path of cognitive aging for females

Jodie Hughes, BSc, MSc, University of Roehampton

Study on the effects of location, ethnicity, gender and care approach on people with Endometriosis
Christie MacLeod, Doctoral Student, McMaster University Examining sex-related differences in intracortical myelin (ICM)

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Trainee Research Presentation | Date: March 11, 2021 | Time: 12pm-1pm PST | Location: Zoom
Victoria Riehl-Tonn, BScN, RN, MSc Student, University of Calgary Quality of Life in Patients Living with Kidney Failure Initiating Incremental or Conventional Hemodialysis, by Sex and Gender
Chantal Rytz, MSc, PhD Student, University of Calgary Cardiovascular Implications of Gender-affirming Hormone Therapy in Transgender Adults
Antonio Florido, PhD Student, 

Autonomous University of Barcelona

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

Jennifer Williams, PhD Candidate, McMaster University

Oral contraceptive hormones and the vascular endothelial nitric oxide pathway
Lara Radovic, Honours Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience, University of British Columbia Exploring Links Between Body Image Self-Consciousness and Sexual Function Problems in Pregnant Couples

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Trainee Research Presentation | Date: October 07, 2020 | Time: 12pm-1pm PDT | Location: Zoom

Helen Okoye, Ph. D., University of British Columbia

Intersecting social statuses, structural drivers, and power dynamics in adolescent girls’ and young women’s sexual and reproductive health risks and vulnerabilities in sub-Saharan Africa

Sabrina Ge

Adolescent Hormonal Contraceptive Use and Reward Processing

Cara Anne Davidson, MSc

MPOWER: Impacts of COVID-19 Physical Distancing on Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence at Home in Canada

Laura Pritschet, University of California Santa Barbara

Applying dense-sampling to reveal dynamic endocrine modulation of large-scale functional brain networks across a human menstrual cycle.

Natalie Brown, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Assessing Different Presentations of Low Desire: An Eye-tracking Investigation

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Trainee Research Presentation | Date: August 10, 2020 | Time: 11am-12pm PDT | Location: Zoom

Veronica Guadangi, PDF at the University of Calgary (@VeronicaYYCGuad)

Sex and gender differences in sleep quality, empathy and mood during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Females and woman suffered the most.

Kayonne Christy, Masters student at UBC (@KSchristy1)

Investigating racial disparities in maternal health: An intersectional, cross-national examination of Black women's experiences of prenatal care

Kiranjot Jhajj, Masters student at the University of Northern British Columbia

Investigation into the Effects of Ovarian Hormones on Differential Learning Strategy Recruitment

Rachel Zsido, PhD Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany (@RachelGZsido)

Shifting the male default setting in human clinical models: Investigating cortical excitation-inhibition balance as a biomarker for individual SSRI responsivity in women

Elise Wiley, Masters student at McMaster University (@EliseWiley7) Exploring gender-based differences in exercise self-efficacy in individuals with stroke.

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Trainee Research Presentation | Date: April 30, 2020, | Location: Zoom

Jennifer Williams, PhD Candidate, McMaster University

Hormonal contraceptives and Early Risk indicators for cardiovascular disease in women: the HER Study

Zaryan Masood, Undergraduate student, McMaster University

The impact of hormonal contraceptives on substrate oxidation during rest and submaximal aerobic exercise

Sonia Milani, Study coordinator, UBC

Comparing Visual Attention Patterns in Women With and Without Sexual Concerns

Alex Lukey, Graduate Student / Registered Nurse, UBCO

Cardiac Outcomes of Menopausal Women Prescribed Concurrent Hormonal and Statin Combinations Regiments in British Columbia

Sadaf Sediqi, Undergraduate student, UBC Associations between IL-1β and deep dyspareunia in nerve bundle growth in endometriosis: A pilot study

Tristan Joshua Phillipe, PhD Candidate, UBC

Sex differences in basal and stress related core body temperature in the rat
Trainee Research Presentation | Date: September 27, 2019, | Location: BC Women's Hospital

Dr. Christine Anderl

Postdoctoral fellow, Social Health Lab, UBC

Teenage birth control pill use and depression risk

Kaylee Misener

Ph.D. student, Clinical Psychology, UBCO

The development and implementation of a novel body dissatisfaction prevention program for adolescent females: A pilot project

Maya Koblanski

Undergraduate Student, Behavioural Neuroscience and Viau Lab, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, UBC

Post-synaptic Serotonin (5-HT) 1A Receptor Responses to Repeated Restraint Stress in Female Rats

Lexia Bao

Research Assistant, Viau Lab, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, UBC

Pre-synaptic Serotonin (5-HT) 1A Receptor Responses to Repeated Restraint Stress in Male Rats

Tristan Philippe

Ph.D. (c) and an IMH Marshal Scholar, Viau Lab, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, UBC

Sex differences in transcriptome responses associated with stress HPA axis habituation in male and female rats

Kiran Parmar

MSc student, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Painful Sex & Endometriosis: a patient-oriented knowledge translation project
Trainee Research Presentation | Date: July 26, 2019, | Location:  Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Lower Level (LL 101), Centre for Brain Health, UBC

Kendra Zadravec

MSc Student, Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab, UBC

Discrete choice experiment for understanding women’s preferences for upper body physiotherapy after breast cancer surgery

Sadaf Sediqi

Undergraduate student, Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Lab, UBC

Nerve Bundles and its association with deep dyspareunia in endometriosis: Can a binary system be useful for pathologists?

Michelle Lisonek

BSc Integrated Sciences, UBC

Sexual Pain and Infertility Concerns in Endometriosis: A Cross-Sectional Study

Dr. Paul Sheppard

PDF, Neuroscience program, UBC

Sex and subregion differences in the rapid effects of 17-estradiol on cell signaling cascades in the dentate gyrus of male and female rats

Elizabeth Nethery

Ph.D. Student, SPPH, UBC

Differential association of household income with contraceptive methods among female youth: Results from the Canadian Community Health Survey (2009–10 and 2013–14)
Trainee Research Presentation | Date: April 9, 2019, | Location: Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Lower Level (LL 101), Centre for Brain Health, UBC


Dr. Jonathan Smirl

Post-doctoral fellow, Sports Concussion Research Lab, UBCO

Physiological alterations present in Survivors of intimate partner violence

Natasha Orr

PhD Student, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, UBC

Central Sensitization in Endometriosis-associated Sexual Pain

Shermeen Imtiaz 

Research Assistant,Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Laboratory, UBC

Understanding Dyspareunia in Endometriosis Patients

Wansu Qui

Ph.D. Student, Neuroscience, UBC

Maternal corticosterone and SSRI exposure during the postpartum period alters cytokine profile in dams

Julia Santana Parrilla

MSc Candidate, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Addressing Anxiety and Depression during Pregnancy: Primary antenatal care provider perspectives

Madison Lackie

MSc Candidate, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program, UBC

The use of e-health and Technology to assist in Treating Postpartum Depression.

Kalysha Closson

Ph.D. Student, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Measuring Sexual Relationship Power Equity among young men and women living in Durban and Soweto, South Africa

Faith Jabs

Study Coordinator, DESIRE study, Sexual Health Lab, UBC

Group therapy for women with Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder