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International Day of Women and Girls in Science | February 11

Join the School of Public Health in celebrating our female faculty on this International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Their research is protecting and improving the health of communities and populations around the globe.

According to the United Nations, gender equality and science are necessary to realize the internationally agreed upon United Nations’ sustainable development goals in all areas, including good health and well-being.

We are encouraged by increased efforts to engage and empower girls to participate fully in science, and are pleased to introduce you to women who may inspire them.


Tania Bubela combines legal and genomics expertise to help researchers understand the social, commercial and regulatory challenges they will face to bring innovations to patients.

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Faith Davis is creating a Canadian Brain Tumor Registry as an example of how to better understand surveillance patterns of rare cancers in Canada.

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

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

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Cindy Jardine focuses on environmental health risk communication, looking at the means and barriers to promoting better dialogue as part of risk management.

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Katerina Maximova strives to prevent chronic disease through improvements in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, such as smoking.

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Stephanie Montesanti is an applied health policy researcher currently examining public health impacts and policy change in post-disaster and emergency contexts among vulnerable populations.

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

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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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Bernadette Quemerais is an environmental chemist developing techniques to sample and analyze ultrafine particles in the workplace and their effects on health.

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

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Kate Storey focuses on preventive strategies to improve health and well-being of children by "making the healthy choice the easy choice" where they live, learn and play.

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

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Stephanie Yanow is working on developing and applying a diagnostic tool to detect malaria, and improve maternal and child health.

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Yan Yuan develops biostatistical methods and also teams up with other researchers to solve complex public health problems.

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