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2021-2022 Women's Health Seminar Series

The Women’s Health Seminar Series will feature multidisciplinary research on women’s health. The goal of the series is to provide multidisciplinary training and mentorship for attendees including students across a broad range of women’s health research topics. Speakers will present their research regarding the biological, psychological, behavioural, economic and social factors in women’s health and their effects on women’s health outcomes. Each seminar will feature 45 minutes talks followed by an interactive question and answer period.

The series is open to everyone that is interested in learning more about women's health. We encourage all interested faculty, clinicians, community members and trainees to register for a talk or check out past seminars on our YouTube channel. All the seminars will be held virtually on Mondays from 12:00pm – 1:00pm (PST) unless otherwise indicated.

Note: Attendees who attend at least 90% of our seminars will be awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Attendance is taken during the event, so please log into the meeting with your full name.


Seminar Topics & Speakers

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Mon, Sept 13, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

Substance Use and Schizophrenia: Cracking the Chicken-or-Egg Question

Presenter: Dr. Jibran Y. Khokhar, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph 

Mon, Sept 27, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

Chronic Physical Conditions and Perinatal Mental Health and Addiction

Presenter: Dr. Hilary Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough 

Tues, Oct 12, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

Sex Differences in Metabolic and Vascular Contributions to Dementia

Presenter: Dr. Kristen Zuloaga, Assistant Professor, Albany Medical Center

Mon, Oct 25, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Menstrual Cycle is a Vital Sign. Period. 

Presenter: Dr. Sofia Ahmed, Professor, Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services

Mon, Nov 8, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Significance of Sex and Muscle Strength in Understanding Age-related Loss of Force Control

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Jakobi, Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBCO

Mon, Nov 22, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Sex and Gender Differences in Response to Vaccines: Why do Women Experience Greater Adverse Reactions?

Presenter: Dr. Rosemary Morgan, Assistant Scientist, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Mon, Dec 6, 2021

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Economic Abuse and Women's Health Outcomes in Ghana

Presenter: Dr. Eric Y. Tenkorang, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Winter Break

Mon, Jan 10, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Neuroelectric Markers of the Interaction Between Caffeine and Menstrual Cycle Phase

Presenter: Dr. Derek Fisher, Associate Vice President of Research, Mount Saint Vincent University and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Mon, Jan 24, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Insights into Placental Development: Does Genetic Sex Matter? 

Presenter: Dr. Alexander Beristain, Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC and an Investigator at BC Children's Hospital

Mon, Feb 7, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Disruptions in Neuroplasticity: When Sex and Parental Experience Collide

Presenter: Dr. Erica R. Glasper, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland

Mon, Feb 22, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Decolonizing Research: Collecting Two-Spirit Data in Culturally Affirming Way

Presenter: Harlan Pruden, Educator, Chee Mamuk, Indigenous Public Health ​Program, BC Center for Disease Control, Clinical Prevention Services

Mon, Mar 7, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Prenatal Stress and the Developing Brain: From Maternal Microbes to Offspring Microglia 

Presenter: Dr. Tamar Gur, Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Health, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Mon, Mar 21, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

How Stress Impacts the Maternal Brain

Presenter: Dr. Pilyoung Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Denver

Tues, Apr 4, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

Making Menopause Metabolic Across Multiple Memory Systems 

Presenter: Dr. Donna Korol, Associate Professor, Biology Department, Syracuse University

Mon, Apr 25, 2022

12:00pm-1:00pm PDT

Walking for Brain Health: The Role of Biological Sex and Reproductive Experience on Exercise Efficacy 

Presenter: Dr. Cindy Barha, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia