Parliamentary Reception to Highlight Women’s Health and Health Research in Canada

OTTAWA, May 15, 2019 – Research Canada and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus are hosting an invitation-only reception to introduce Parliamentarians to thirteen of Canada’s leading experts in women’s health and health research who are using a sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) to understand and improve women’s health. We are thrilled to be able to profile the important and ground-breaking research being conducted by women all across Canada and by several Indigenous researchers, focusing on the themes of women and drugs; gender and violence; and sex, gender and health outcomes. Parliamentarians and guests will also have the opportunity to hear from Keynote Speaker Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Health research and practice have traditionally assumed a gender-neutral or gender-blind stance by using men as the standard for medical practice while excluding women from clinical trials and other research. An understanding of SGBA is crucial for engaging in effective health research, policy-making and practice and offers a powerful tool for analyzing how both sex – rooted in biology – and gender – rooted in social roles shaped by environment and experience – affect our health. When we apply this expanded knowledge to policy and practice, it leads to better health outcomes for all.

Date: May 15, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Wellington Building, 180 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Social media: #HealthResearchCaucus, #WomensHealth

Who: Thirteen leading experts from across Canada will discuss their research under three areas of research.

Women and Drugs

Robyn McQuaid, PhD
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa
Jennifer Phillips, PhD
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa
Zainab Samaan, MBChB, MSc, PhD
McMaster University
Sherry Stewart, PhD
Dalhousie University

Gender and Violence

Janice Du Mont, EdD
Women’s College Research Institute | Women’s College Hospital | University of Toronto
Sherry Pictou, PhD
Mount Saint Vincent University
Donna W. Stewart, CM, MD, FRCPC
University of Toronto | University Health Network | Toronto General Hospital Research Institute

Sex, Gender and Health Outcomes

Sofia Ahmed, MD, MSc, FRCPC
University of Calgary | Alberta Health Services | Can-SOLVE CKD Network
Lori Brotto, PhD
Women’s Health Research Institute | UBC | Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Thais Coutinho, MD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | University of Ottawa
Andrée-Anne Ledoux, PhD
CHEO Research Institute | University of Ottawa
Dawn Martin-Hill, PhD
McMaster University
Louise Pilote, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre | McGill University

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Kim Rudd, MP (Northumberland—Peterborough South)
Vice-Chairs: Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia—Lambton), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Judith Seidman

Research Canada
Dr. Robert McMaster, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

About Research Canada

Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

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For inquiries:
Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs