Marginalized Women

Marginalized Women

Support and Wellness

Support and Wellness



Research and Learning

Research and Learning



WHRFC Programs


Chantal Rytz

PhD Student (University of Calgary)

Research Topic: Serum estradiol levels and cardiovascular risk associated with gender-affirming hormone use in transgender women: A systematic review and meta-analysis


Rebecca Metcalfe

PhD student (University of British Columbia)

Research Topic: Integrating patient values into clinical trials using composite endpoints. A case study using the control of hypertension in pregnancy study.


Jessica Miller

PhD student (Queen's University)

Research Topic: Understanding the mechanistic role of Interleukin-33 in endometriosis associated inflammation and pathology


Eric Filice

PhD student (University of Waterloo)

Research Topic: The influence of Grindr, a geosocial networking Application, on body image in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men: An exploratory study.


Shirley Giroux

PhD student (University of Northern BC)

Research Topic: Resilience in teacher/mothers; Parsing the intersections of family, work and wellness.


Lacey Haddon

PhD student (University of Alberta)

Research Topic: Eliminating the luminal grey zone: using a novel estrogen receptor DNA-binding signature to describe luminal A breast cancer.


Rohan D'Souza

PhD student (University of Toronto)

Research Topic:
Contemporary methods of anticoagulation for pregnant women with mechanical heart valves: A systematic review and meta-analysis.


Jessica Tong

PhD student (Western University)

Research Topic: Ovarian Tumour Cell Heterogeneity Impacts Maraba Virus Infection and Oncolytic Efficacy.


Beth Payne

PhD student (Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia)

Research Topic: A mobile clinical decision aid for pregnant women with hypertensive disorder.

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Randi J. Parks

PhD student (Pharmacology, Dalhousie University)

Research Topic: Differences in calcium release in male and female cardiomyocytes

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WHRFC Board of Directors

Executive Members

  • Sheri Fandrey, BSP, PhD – President
  • I fan Kuo, BSc, MSc, PharmD – Past-President
  • F. Carleen MacKay, BA, CMA, FCMA – Treasurer
  • Donna Chow, PhD – Secretary


  • Melissa Muir, MMFT
  • Gaynor Williams, DPhil, MD
  • Lynn Scruby, RN, BN, MS, PhD
  • Katelin McDermott
  • Cathy G. Cordileone