Researchers’ Café

A mix of invited speakers, both Fraser Health and Non-Fraser Health researchers, are brought together to present their work on a variety of topic areas. Topics include research that is currently being conducted at Fraser Health or elsewhere but is related to health care services delivery, completed studies, and other relevant research related information. These Cafes are held three times a year and are a great opportunity for networking between researchers and for bringing together researchers and decision-makers.

Women’s Health Research Institute:  An Introduction to the Institute and Opportunity to Connect and Collaborate.

Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Location: Hemlock Room, 4th Floor Central City Tower 13450 102 Avenue, Surrey

Session Objectives:

An opportunity for Fraser Health leaders in women-focused health research to learn more about WHRI and how they can connect and collaborate in order to advance future research and to improve the health of women in BC.

  • Become aware of the WHRI’s organization and mandate
  • Learn how the WHRI can help to support women’s health investigators and facilitate and promote their research endeavours
  • Celebrate some of WHRI’s exceptional women’s health research currently being conducted in BC
  • Discuss issues that are central to elevating women’s health research in British Columbia


Dr. Lori Brotto

Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC

Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R Psych is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and a Professor in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Division of Gynaecologic Specialties, with a Joint Appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. At UBC, she teaches sexual health interviewing for medical students and obstetrics/gynecology residents, and is a supervisor for psychology residents and practicum students. Dr. Brotto is a Registered Psychologist with the BC College of Psychologists. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology and a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive and Sexual Medicine at the University of Washington. 

Dr. Gina Ogilvie

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention
Professor School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Senior Public Health Scientist at BC Centre for Disease Control and Senior Research Advisor at the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

Dr. Gina Ogilvie is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention, and Professor at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health. She is also Senior Public Health Scientist at BC Centre for Disease Control and Senior Research Advisor at the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. Her research is focused on both the public health and clinical aspects of reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, HPV screening and the HPV vaccine.

Read more about Dr. Ogilvie.

Dr. Paul Yong

Gynaecologist, Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program, Vancouver General Hospital
Research Director at the BC Women's Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC

Dr. Paul Yong is a gynaecologist and Research Director at the BC Women's Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis, one of few tertiary care Centres of Excellence in Canada for the management of endometriosis and pelvic pain. Dr. Yong is also a gynaecologist at the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program at Vancouver General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at UBC. His research interests include bio-banking and gene sequencing in endometriosis and investigating nerve formation in the pelvis as a cause of pain.

Read more about Dr. Yong.

WHRI Overview:

  • The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is devoted to improving the health and health care of girls and women through knowledge generation by serving as a catalyst for research in women’s health and by supporting an expanding provincial and national network of women’s health researchers, policy makers and healthcare providers.
  • The WHRI is a leading academic women’s and newborn health research institute embedded within BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, as well as, a real and virtual organization designed to facilitate women’s health research in BC and provide a community for women’s health researchers.

The WHRI is one of only two research entities in Canada, and the only one in Western Canada, to focus exclusively on women’s health.  

To Register

Register here.

(for non-Fraser Health employees, you can create a new user account and select ‘affiliated/contracted employee’ and choose ‘fraser health’.)


For any questions, contact Camille Viray, Education and Communications Coordinator, Department of Evaluation and Research Services at or 604-587-4413.


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Meet the Hubs: Research to Practice Hubs | April 20, 2016

New Graduate RN Transition to Practice: Research Findings from a Local, Provincial, Canadian and International Perspective | March 30, 2015

Researchers' Cafe | February 25, 2013

Aging Health Research | May 25, 2012

Community-Based Health Research | April 27, 2012

Nursing Research | March 22, 2012

Nursing Research | November 24, 2011

Nursing Research | March 10, 2011

Professional Practice and Integration: Polarity Management | November 23, 2010

Mental Health and Addictions | September 29, 2010

Nursing Research: Creating great workplaces| April 29, 2010

Health Outcome Research | May 14, 2009

Nursing Research | February 24, 2009

Population Health Research | January 12, 2009

Preventive Post-Operative Care: The Spread of a Good Idea | February 27, 2008

Fraser Health collaborations with provincial research teams in ICU Patient Safety and in home and community care research | January 25, 2008

Maximizing Your Health in the Workplace | June 22, 2007

Connecting Research to Policy: Strategies for Cementing the Ties | February 21, 2007