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WHRFC DFYH Fundraising Gala 2019 – Thanks !

The Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada Inc (WHRFC), dedicated to improving women’s health through research, education and raising awareness, held its fifth successful Dance For Your Health (DFYH) fundraising gala at the Masonic Centre at 420 Corydon Avenue on Thursday March 7, 2019.

The main hall was bathed in green lights for the St. Paddy’s Day Party and smelled of the Spring flowers on the tables !  Chrissy Troy from 103.1 Virgin Radio steared the event with her enthusiastic presence. Past-President Dr. Lynn Scruby introduced the Foundation and welcomed everyone to join in the evening of fun and dance. Three of our four 2018 WHRFC graduate student Scholarship winners, all doing research on women’s health at the University of Manitoba reminded us of why we need to raise funds for women’s health research.  Janelle Boram Lee an MSC student in Community Health Sciences, her supervisors Dr. Marni Brownell and Dr. Nathan Nickel, told us about her project ‘Maternal justice involvement and childhood outcomes of child protective services and maltreatment indicators in Manitoba’. Lindsey Mazur, an MSC student in Community Health Sciences, her supervisor Dr. Deborah McPhail, spoke about her project “Experiences of stigma in prenatal/postnatal dietetic care among women with high BMI”. Kerry Dust our part-time award winner and a PhD student in Medical Microbiology, her supervisor Dr. Alberto Severini, spoke about “The significance of HPV E6 PDZ binding domain on transformation of primary human neonatal keratinocytes”.  WOW Catering presented us with a tasty Irish Buffet, including roasted beef brisket with Irish stout, Colcannon potatoes and Bailey’s Irish cream trifle, which was enjoyed by all. Dinner was accompanied by wine Sponsored by Manitoba Liquor Mart. After dinner a dance troupe from the McConnell School of Dance swept in and astounded us with their ‘hard shoe’ Irish step dancing. Over 20 dancers took turns impressing us with their energy and precision.  They capped their performance with an instruction session which brought many guests onto the dance floor where they learned five different steps including how to bow correctly at the end of a peformance. Truly a healthy active experience for our guests !

The funds raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and raffles combined with our corporate campaign, our annual target mail campaign, and a bequest, helped to raise over $17,000 in 2018-2019 to fund the Foundation’s activities, in particular the endowment of a second annual scholarship and funds for a third scholarship for the best research project on women’s health by a full-time graduate student at the University of Manitoba (www.whrfcinc.com). The evening was enjoyed by all !

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Dance For Your Health 2019 was a Great Success Thanks to Our Supporters

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Congratulations to WHRFC’s 2018 Scholarship Winners !

2018-2019 Full-time Graduate Student Award: Abin Chandrakumar MSc in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Research Title: Maternal antibiotic use during pregnancy and childhood chronic diseases: a population-based study.
Supervisor: Dr Geert W’t Jong

2018-2019 Full-time Graduate Student Award: Janelle Boram Lee, MSc in Community Health Sciences
Research Title: The relationship between maternal justice involvement and childhood outcomes of childhood protective services contact and maltreatment indicators: A Manitoba population-based cohort study.
Supervisors: Dr. Marni Brownell and Dr. Nathan Nickel

2018-2019 Full-time Graduate Student Award: Lindsey Mazur MSc in Community Health Sciences
Research Title: Experiences of stigma in prenatal/postnatal dietetic care among women with high BMI.
Supervisor: Dr. Deborah McPhail

2018-2019 Part-time Graduate Student Award: Kerry Dust, PhD in Medical Microbiology
Research Title: Significance of HPV E6 PDZ binding domain on transformation of primary human neonatal keratinocytes.
Supervisor: Dr. Alberto Severini

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WHRFC Annual Report 2018

The WHRFC Annual Report for 2018 was approved at the June 18 , 2018 Annual General Meeting.

The Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada Inc., (WHRFC), has had another very successful year. A healthy activity fundraiser, Dance For Your Health 2018 (DFYH 2018) was held at Charisma of India Restaurant on Monday March 12, 2018 focussed on Bollywood Dancing and Charisma’s wonderful East Indian Buffet. Chrissy Troy of 103.1 Virgin Radio brought her lively sense of fun to the evening as MC. Our President Dr. Lynn Scruby welcomed everyone and moderated our award winner’s 3 minute presentations. Our 2017 full-time graduate student scholarship winners Dhiwya Attawar and Chloe Shindruk plus part-time graduate scholarship winner Olasumbo Ojo impressed everyone with their presentations of their research projects. The Bollywood Siblings demonstrated this urban form of Indian dancing and led a workshop for 100 guests to try some Bollywood moves. “Asra”  wowed us with her bellydancing and audience participation. Roshni and Pascal added there Bollywood interpretations to the evening. Over a dozen guests took home door or raffle prizes. DFYH 2018 together with our Target Mail Campaign and Corporate Campaign brought in over $14,000 to support women’s health research.

Dhiwya Attawar, a PhD student in the Department of Community Health Sciences won a 2017 WHRFC scholarship for full-time graduate students doing women’s health research at the University of Manitoba. Her research focusses on “The Community Health Worker in Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Interventions in Rural South India: Tracing Equity at the Health System-Community Interface” and her Supervisor is Dr. James Blanchard. Chloe Shindruk, a MN student in Nursing, won a full-time graduate student scholarship for her project “Expert Nursing Care: Perinatal Palliative Care during Labor, Delivery, and the Immediate Postpartum Period. Her Supervisors are Dr Genevieve Thompson and Dr. Susan McClement Co-Supervisor. Olasumbo Ojo, an MSc student in Pharmacy won the part-time graduate student scholarship for her project “Management of Osteoporosis in Women: Evaluating Screening (Bone Mineral Density Test) and Treatment Practices”. Her Supervisors are Dr. Shawn Bugden and Dr. Jamie Falk (Co-Supervisor).

The annual Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS) was held in the last weekend in April at the University of Manitoba. The WHRFC provided awards at three of the four grade levels, all to commend and encourage young scientists in Manitoba whose projects related to women’s health.

A WHRFC award for the best women’s health research project was presented by our Past-President Dr. Silvia Alessi-Severini at the Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium, a national poster competition held annually by the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The 2017 winner was Lacey Haddon, a PhD student at the University of Alberta. Her research topic was “Eliminating the Luminal Grey Zone: Using a Novel Estrogen Receptor DNA-Binding Signature to Describe Luminal A Breast Cancer”.

Please check out our web site for current and future activities of the WHRFC www.whrfcinc.com.

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