Congratulations to BCDRN member Dr. Elizabeth Rideout and UBC Faculty of Medicine Dr. Wendy Robinson and Dr. Kate Shannon. These three outstanding scientists have been named Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Sex and Gender Chairs.
Dr. Elizabeth Rideout, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
Research Area: Genetics
Project: Discovery of Genes and Mechanisms Underlying Sex Differences in Insulin Pathway Function using Drosophila as a Model
Dr. Wendy Robinson, Department of Medical Genetics
Research Area: Studying Sex as a Biological Variable
Project: Sex Differences in Placental and Fetal Development
Dr. Kate Shannon, Department of Medicine
Research Area: Institute of Gender and Health Mandate
Project: Advancing Gender-Transformative Sexual Health Policy and Practice
As recipients of the funding opportunity, they will support in-depth investigations in the emerging field of sex and gender science to deepen society’s understanding of how biological and social influences interact to affect health and disease.
A total of 15 researchers from across Canada were selected as Sex and Gender Chairs to increase visibility and drive innovation in a variety of disciplines, ranging from aging, cancer and immunity through to mental health and addictions.