Calls for Submissions and Participation

Next IGH trainee travel award deadline

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January 25, 2013

The Institute of Gender and Health’s Travel Awards competition is launched three times per year (April 2012, August 2012 and December 2012) through the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program. Through the travel awards program, IGH provides funding for trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) to present their own research at national or international meetings, conferences or symposia. 

The application deadline for the winter competition is January 25th, 2013.  For further details on application deadlines, eligibility requirements and how to apply please visit their website

IGH’s research foci, eligibility requirements and funding levels are outlined in the “Partner Description” section of the travel awards funding opportunity.

Breast cancer and occupational health: A discussion of a Canadian case-control study

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On January 8 (1 pm EST) the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is hosting a webinar featuring researchers James Brophy and Margaret Keith talking about their research into the relationship between plastics and breast cancer. 

Brophy and Keith were featured recently in Endocrine Disruptors in the Workplace: The Case of Women and Automotive Plastics Manufacturing, a webinar CWHN presented with the National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH). Brophy and Keith have been working for the past two years with NNEWH exploring breast cancer risks for women employed in plastics manufacturing.

To find out more about the upcoming CHE webinar and to register, please visit their website.

Fibromyalgia and wellbeing study seeks participants

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A new study is being conducted into factors associated with the wellbeing of people with fibromyalgia.

Chronic pain research has begun to show that processes such as acceptance, mindfulness and living according to personal values are associated with better outcomes for patients;  however, less is known about how these factors relate to fibromyalgia specifically. Participation in the study is open to anyone aged 18 and over with fibromyalgia and involves completing an anonymous online questionnaire, which takes about 20 minutes.   

For further information and the questionnaire, click here.

Canada-wide perimenopausal hot flush study seeking participants

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Principal Investigator:  Dr. Jerilynn Prior, UBC Professor of Medicine

The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR), University of British Columbia (UBC), and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) are conducting a Progesterone Study for Women (35 – 58y) with hot flushes and night sweats.  Women living anywhere in Canada are invited to join.  You will keep a daily record of hot flushes.  You can participate in-person or from home.  You will receive study medication (progesterone or placebo) for 3 months. 

To participate you have:

§  Menstruated within the past 12 months

§  Moderate-severe hot flushes (4/day) or night sweats (waking 2/week)

§  Not taken estrogen, progesterone or birth control pills within the past 6 months

For more information please contact the research coordinator:

Andrea Cameron, RN BScN (604) 875-5960;

Or visit:

Looking for research participants

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for a research study of an online support group for  women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.

Are you a woman who has been treated for gynecologic cancer and do you struggle with any of the following? 
• Concerns about your body image
• Sexual issues or concerns
• Coping with the effects of gynecologic cancer on your self-esteem
• Navigating intimate relationships 
• Finding it difficult to talk about these personal issues with people in your life

Would you like to…  
• Connect with other women who have been treated for gynecologic cancer?
• Have a safe space to talk about the impact on your body image and sexuality?
• Learn new ways of coping?
• Learn how to enhance your relationships with friends and family?
• Build more self-awareness and self-understanding?

About the support group  
This is a 12-week, professionally-moderated group. The aim of this online support group is to provide a safe space for women to explore the impact of gynecologic cancer on their body image, sexuality and intimate relationships. The researchers hope that by increasing awareness of the ways being treated for gynecologic cancer may be affecting your life, you can begin to identify what would be helpful to support you in your journey towards health and well-being. 

You may be eligible to participate if you…
• Currently reside in Ontario
• Are a woman 18 years or older
• Received surgical, radiation, or chemotherapy treatment for any gynecologic cancer
• Are not currently receiving treatment
• Have been disease-free for at least 3 months
• Are no more than 5 years post-diagnosis
• Are experiencing concerns about the impact of cancer on your relationships, sexuality, and body image

LGBTTQI Home Care Access Project seeking participants (Ontario)

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The LGBTTQI Home Care Access Project is seeking 100 LGBTTQI people across Ontario to complete a web-based survey.

A significant number of LGBTTQI people are receiving health care in their home provided by personal support workers, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, etc. However, much is not known about their experiences, such as, do they feel comfortable enough to disclose their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity to their home care service providers, and if so, has disclosure impacted the quality of service received?

Andrea Daley and Judy MacDonnell at York University in Toronto have partnered with Rainbow Health Ontario and the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre to explore LGBTTQI people's experiences of using home care services across Ontario. The research team also includes academic partners from McMaster, McGill, and California State Universities. In addition, they are working with two community-based advisory committees.

Through an anonymous web-based survey they have begun exploring the experiences of LGBTTQI people who are 18 years or older, live in Ontario, and have used or are using home care services, through formal and/or informal means of support.

Interested participants can complete the survey online by clicking here.

Participation is confidential and anonymous.

Participants are offered a $20 honorarium.

The project team also offers paper copies of the survey, with pre-paid postage. To request paper copies of the survey, please contact them: or 647-236-1100

They are happy to assist in the completion of the survey. Please contact them to set up a time that works for you: or 647-236-1100

Call for applications to attend Integrating Sex & Gender at the Laboratory Bench

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A "Concept Incubator" for Experimental Scientists

Deadline: 15 November 2012.

Meeting to be held in Toronto ON from 13-15 March 2013. 

Approximately 25 participants will be selected from among the applicants to attend the colloquium (as funding permits). 

This meeting is being organized by the CIHR Team in Gender, Environment & Health, and funded by the CIHR Institute of Gender & Health.

They are seeking applications from researchers working in any field of basic experimental biomedical research in Canada who want to participate in a conversation about how to appropriately account for sex and gender when undertaking laboratory-based research. 

For more information, please see the attached flyer, visit their website ( to download an application form, or email the organizers at

Request for papers and presentations: Grounding Trauma 2013

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A National Conference
Grounding Trauma 2013
May 8 & 9, 2013
Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Pre-conference May 7: Building Bridges: Linking Woman Abuse, Substance Use And Mental Ill Health

Internationally, there is a growing understanding of the numerous and diverse effects of trauma and unresolved grief on individuals and communities. In the last few years there have been many advances in our understanding of how the brain, the body and emotions are connected.  We are more aware of how brain plasticity changes the landscape of therapy, how body awareness is linked to progress, and ways in which we can affect positive change in the lives of youth and adults. It brings hope to our work in new and exciting ways.  We are eager to explore new, emerging, progressive and creative approaches to trauma.

Confirmed presentations include a stream connecting the effects of trauma in the body (Somatic Theory) with Yoga Principles.

Note: The pre-conference agenda is fixed. We are accepting proposals to compliment the theme in the main body of the conference.

Deadline for Submissions: December 14, 2012. You will be notified by February 8, 2013.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Questions? 1-705-749-6145 or

Presented by CAST Canada.

Study on Botox and other injectable facial fillers seeking participants

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A researcher at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is conducting a study on Botox and other injectable facial fillers (e.g., Juvéderm, Restylane).

If you are a woman aged 35 – 65 who has had injections to reduce the signs of aging to your face but have mixed or negative feelings about your experience (for example, maybe you didn’t like how you felt emotionally or physically afterwards, you didn’t like how it looked, or other reasons), you may be interested in participating in this study on women’s experiences with injectable facial procedures.

Participants will be interviewed privately and confidentially (in person, on-line Skype, or by telephone).

To find out more about the study or to participate, please contact: (Dept of Family Studies and Gerontology) OR call 889-4130 and leave a confidential message.

Webinar: Girls, Alcohol & Depression

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 12PM (EST)

Nancy Pool and Ginny Gonneau
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health 

About this Webinar:
In collaboration with the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, Girls Action Foundation is developing a series of knowledge-building backgrounders for organizations and people working with girls and young women. The backgrounders will feature practical tools as well as resources for facilitators. They have drafted the first backgrounder on alcohol and depression addressing the links between depression and alcohol consumption. The resource also includes sample activities to generate discussion with girls around these issues. As experienced girls' programmers and facilitators, they are inviting you to participate in this special webinar in order to review and improve the content of this resource. They welcome your feedback and knowledge to this project.

Don't forget to register to participate!

For more information on this webinar, please contact Karine Myrgianie Jean-François at or at 1-888-948-1112.

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