International day of women and girls in science

Each year on February 11 we mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

According to the United Nations, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women.

Today we celebrate our female faculty who are leaders in public health research, and we call for action to remove the barriers that hold women and girls back from rewarding careers in science.

Susan Chatwood

Susan Chatwood examines Arctic health systems to address the concerns and determinants of health unique to the north, including climate change, Indigenous values and geographical challenges.

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Faith Davis

Faith Davis has created the Brain Tumour Registry of Canada to better understand surveillance patterns of rare cancers in Canada. 

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Irina Dinu

Irina Dinu investigates tools for microarray technology, critical in measuring gene expression and studying disease markers.

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Sherilee Harper

Sherilee Harper investigates the associations between weather and Indigenous health, in the context of climate change, and works with Indigenous people to strengthen health systems and intervention.

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Elaine Hyshka

Elaine Hyshka is a health services and policy researcher focused on advancing a public health approach to substance use in Canada.

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Shanthi Johnson

Shanthi Johnson researches health promotion and falls/injury prevention among older adults, focusing on understanding the underlying factors and developing effective interventions.

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Katerina Maximova

Katerina Maximova investigates the association between lifestyle behaviours (physical activity, healthy eating, etc.) and chronic disease risk, and interventions to promote health.

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Stephanie Montesanti

Stephanie Montesanti is an applied health policy researcher currently examining public health impacts among vulnerable populations.

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Zubia Mumtaz

Zubia Mumtaz studies how inequities impact maternal and female reproductive health, and the ways to improve health services and their delivery to marginalized women in South Asia.

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Candace Nykiforuk

Candace Nykiforuk is a health geographer focused on how people, policy and place interact to affect chronic disease prevention initiatives and promote lifelong health.

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Kim Raine

Kim Raine researches the social and cultural influences that determine why people eat the way they do and develops community and policy strategies to promote healthy eating.

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Denise Spitzer

Denise Spitzer examines how global processes—intersecting with gender, migration status, sexuality, ethnicity and other social identifiers—affect health and well-being.

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Jane Springett is developing methods of participatory action research to help people make sense of health and its promotion in their daily lives, and promoting citizen involvement in research and social action for change.

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Kate Storey

Kate Storey focuses on preventive strategies to improve the health and well-being of children, families and communities in settings where they live, learn and play.

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Ruth Wolfe

Ruth Wolfe is an ally of the Community Health Worker Network of Canada which advocates for recognition of the many minoritized women and men working to address health inequities in their communities.

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Shelby Yamamoto

Shelby Yamamoto researches climate change as it relates to air pollution and heat, and its impact on population health.

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Stephanie Yanow

Stephanie Yanow is developing new tools to detect malaria and other tropical infections in low-resource settings, studying the effects of malaria in pregnancy and working to design a vaccine to protect women and babies.

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Yan Yuan

Yan Yuan is a health data scientist who develops statistical methodology and applies data science tools to advance both precision health and population health, in collaboration with other researchers.

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