Events and Conferences

Epigenetics: how early experiences can affect your life-long health

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This workshop for health and science reporters will be presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Cancer Research, Institute of Genetics and the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction)

Friday June 1, 2012
Sutton Place Hotel, 955 Bay St. Toronto

This journalist workshop will focus on the latest developments in epigenetics - from early-life experiences to late-life events and what impacts they have on your health.

Please register soon as space is limited. This workshop is free, but participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. 

Workshop sessions will be held in English only.

To register or to obtain more information, please contact:
David Coulombe
CIHR Media Relations
Tel: 613- 941-4563
Cell: 613-808-7526

For the past 10 years, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has supported better health and health care for Canadians. As the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency, CIHR enables the creation of evidence-based knowledge and its transformation into improved treatments,

prevention and diagnoses, new products and services, and a stronger, patient-oriented health-care system. Composed of 13 internationally recognized Institutes, CIHR supports more than 13,600 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

CHE teleconference: Environmental contributors to preterm birth

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The Collaborative on Health and the Environment will be hosting a teleconference call on Monday March 19, 2012 on the links between environmental contaminants and preterm birth.

Preterm birth is an intractable public health problem, affecting more than 500,000 infants per year in the United States. Long term sequelae of preterm birth include intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and respiratory and digestive problems. The annual societal economic burden associated with preterm birth in the US was estimated at $26.2 billion in 2005. A mounting body of research links environmental contaminants to preterm birth.

This call, which will take place on Monday March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern, features Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso from the University of Michigan, Dr. Howard Chang from Emory University, and Dr. Kaylon Bruner-Tran from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Loch-Caruso will describe her research on inflammatory response in human amniotic membranes. Dr. Chang will present his review of birth record data linking fine particle air pollution and preterm birth. Dr. Kaylon Bruner-Tran will discuss her data in mice on the adult reproductive consequences of a prior fetal exposure to the environmental toxicant dioxin as well as the amelioration of these effects by fish oil supplementation. Join them for this important discussion on environmental contributors to preterm birth, and implications for practice and policy changes.

Background Information/Resources

CHE Blog

RSVP for this Call

Women’s Health Leadership 101 Retreat

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Retreat Date: April 25 – 27, 2012 - Application Deadline: March 15, 2012

The Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Level 1: Women’s Health Leadership 101 training retreat scheduled for April 25-27, 2012, at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, Ontario.

Women’s Health Leadership 101 addresses leadership and sex and gender based analysis in the context of women’s health and health systems in a participatory and supportive environment. It explores women’s own sense of leadership and application of skills, while enhancing their leadership skills and community networks. This program is designed for women in Ontario who are motivated and interested in women’s health issues and who are already actively engaged in their communities.

This retreat is part of the Women’s Health Leadership Program which is funded by Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The application form and information about the program are available on OWHN's website

Ain’t I a woman too?

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Café scientifique: Looking at intersectionality as a framework for analysis and research in women’s health

Wednesday March 28, 12:00-2:30pm

Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto (just north of Yonge/Bloor subway stop)

Light lunch provided. Please RSVP by March 15 to

Please let them know if you require any dietary or other accommodations.

Does women’s health research include all women? Sojourner Truth’s question, “Ain’t I A Woman?” is just a relevant today when we may still wonder if the health research agenda recognizes that the group we call “women” has very different experiences based on intersecting identities defined by race, class, age, ability and other social markers. This café is an opportunity to ask what has intersectionality done to advance research on the health of marginalized women? What still needs to be done? And how can women from a divergent range of social locations get involved?

POWER Study final chapters release (Toronto)

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February 28, 2012

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, 209 Victoria Street, 2nd Floor, Room 211, Toronto
Reception to follow in 2nd floor lobby (beginning at 6:30).

The Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report (POWER) Study has examined a broad set of evidence-based indicators bridging population health and health system performance. The Women's Health Equity Report provides actionable data for policy makers, providers and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario.

In Chapter 12, "Social Determinants of Health and Populations at Risk" they synthesize prior analyses that examined the health of low-income, minority, and immigrant women, and report additional indicators of the social determinants of health and immigrant women's health. They discuss the health needs of populations at risk, how these differ among women and men in different groups, and highlight the role of the social determinants of health in the Ontario population.

They conclude the POWER Study with Chapter 13, "Achieving Health Equity in Ontario: Opportunities for Intervention and Improvement." In this chapter, they summarize and synthesize findings across all POWER Study reports. Based on the inequities documented throughout the POWER Study, they have developed the POWER Health Equity Road Map to help them move forward to the goal of achieving health equity in Ontario. The road map emerged from their analyses and broad community consultation and dialogue.

This session is offered by videoconference through the Ontario Telemedicine Network and via webcast.

To attend in person, please RSVP by February 17, 2012.

Film and Panel Discussion: Orgasm Inc. (Vancouver)

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7:30 pm, Thursday, February 9, Royal Bank, Cinema UBC Vancouver Campus

Seats are limited. To guarantee a seat, please RSVP to

In Orgasm Inc, filmmaker Liz Canner uncovers a plot – would the pharmaceutical industry take advantage of women’s pursuit of pleasure in their pursuit of billion-dollar profits? The film presents a powerful look inside the medical industry and the way it’s reshaping our ideas of health, illness, desire and...orgasm.

Followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Joy Johnson, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, featuring Dr. Lori Brotto, UBC Dept. of ob/gyn, Dr. Jeannie Shoveller, UBC School of Population & Public Health, and Dr. Thea Cacchioni, University of Victoria Women’s Studies.

And for more on this film and the issues it deals with, read an interview with Orgasm Inc. filmmaker Liz Canner. Blogger Tamara McClintock Greenberg makes some interesting comments about women and hysteria and the history of pathologizing women's health: Orgasm Inc.: Filmmaker Liz Canner on Women and the Orgasm Industry


Rainbow Health Ontario 2012 Conference

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Supporting LGBT Health Through Every Stage of Life
Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ottawa
Tuesday, March 20 - Friday, March 23, 2012

Rainbow Health Ontario presents the only conference in Canada focused on the health and wellness of our diverse and vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. Their theme, "Supporting LGBT Health Through Every Stage of Life"explores the experiences, strengths and needs of LGBT people and communities across the life cycle from family formation, to adolescence, to adulthood and old age. A rich choice of workshops, research soundbytes and plenary sessions will highlight new knowledge, vital issues and best practices from leaders in research, clinical practice, health promotion, equity and policy fields.

This year their conference will include workshops and research presentations in French and all plenary sessions will feature simultaneous translation in both official languages. They invite health and social service providers, community members, researchers and policy makers to learn and share, to broaden your networks, and to find inspiration for your ongoing work.

Review the preliminary conference program and register online.

Early bird rates apply until February 3rd, 2012

Book launch: Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada

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The Canadian Women’s Health Network and the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health are pleased to launch:

Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada
by Pat Armstrong, Barbara Clow, Karen Grant, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Beth Jackson, Ann Pederson and Morgan Seeley

Thursday Feb. 9, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeebar, 1242 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

Come and join the authors for a warm drink and refreshments as we celebrate the work of Women and Health Care Reform!

The book is also available through the Women's Press website.

Are women automotive plastic workers at risk?

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The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH), in partnership with Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), presents the workshop:

Are Women Automotive Plastic Workers at Risk?: Starting the Conversation
Friday January 27 2012, 9:00am – 4:30pm
CAW Local 195, 3400 Somme Avenue, Windsor, ON

Some of the topics to be covered:
One-Eyed Science”: Invisibility of blue-collar women in OHS research (Karen Messing)
Dying for Work(clip of documentary on plastics)
What is the problem? Summary of current evidence (Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith, NNEWH)
What are endocrine disrupters? Plastics-related endocrine disruptors (Michael Gilbertson, NNEWH)

Please see the attached for the complete workshop agenda.

Also, on the evening before this workshop, NNEWH and CAW invite you to join them for a reception and discussion following the screening of the film: “Pink Ribbon$ Inc”.

Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave, Windsor, ON
Thursday January 26 2012
Film screening at 7pm
Discussion and reception to follow
$5.00 admission charge for film, available at the door or on line at

Invited respondents:
Patricia Noonan - Lori Dupont Inquest Action Group
Natalie Gierman - Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region
Patricia Kearns - Breast Cancer Action Montreal

For additional information, please contact NNEWH at or Margaret Keith and Jim Brophy at 519-735-2944.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week—order your materials by Jan. 23

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Feb 5-11, 2012) is quickly approaching! EDAW celebratory materials and resources are available through the National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s online storeOrder by Monday January 23rd.  

If your materials are required for a specific event or date, please contact NEDIC by phone (416-340-4156) or email to obtain a quote for Xpress Post or FedEx shipping of your materials. 

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