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Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are investigating promising new approaches to improve women’s health. Our work spans the full spectrum of research from basic science to clinical research to implementation.

Research News


50 ways to repair an ovary? Study suggests multiple pathways can create stem-like ovarian cells
August 17, 2021 - Approximately every 28 days, hundreds of cells die and disintegrate on the ovary’s surface as an egg breaks through and begins its journey. Ovaries have become masters at repairing this damage, but exactly how they do this remains a mystery.
Canadian study finds fewer breast cancers diagnosed between screens when women with dense breasts are offered more frequent mammograms
July 20, 2021 - A new study published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Journal shows that Canadian jurisdictions that offer more frequent mammograms to women with dense breasts had fewer cancers diagnosed between screens.
1 in 4 survey respondents who gave birth at The Ottawa Hospital during the 2020 spring lockdown experienced abusive behaviour from their partners before, during or after pregnancy
June 15, 2021 - Survey results from 216 people who gave birth at The Ottawa Hospital between March and June 2020 showed that 52 (24 percent) experienced controlling or abusive behaviour from their partners during their perinatal period (one year pre-pregnancy, durin
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Bissell, Mary Beth
MSc, MD, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, Cancer, COVID-19, Population health, Women's health Clinical research
Black, Amanda
MD, MPH, FRCSC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Health promotion, Surveys, Systematic reviews
Chen, Innie
MD, MPH, FRCSC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Health equity, Population health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Patient engagement, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
El-Chaar, Darine
MD, FRCSC, Msc
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, Diabetes, Maternal and fetal health, Newborn and child health, Population health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Gaudet, Laura
MD, MSc
Affiliate Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Newborn and child health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research
Kendzerska, Tetyana
MD, PhD
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Aging, Chronic disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Heart disease, Lung disease, Population health, Women's health Biostatistics, Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Systematic reviews
Liu, Johné
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Aging, Cancer, Infertility, Maternal and fetal health, Pregnancy, Women's health Basic research, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Disease models, Drug development, Translational research
Rodger, Marc
MD
Affiliate Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Pregnancy, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Women's health Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Systematic reviews
Seely, Jean
MDCM, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Breast cancer, Cancer, Health equity, Population health, Women's health Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Health technology, Imaging, Patient engagement, Public health, Quality Improvement, Surgery
Tanphaichitr, Nongnuj
PhD
Emeritus Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
HIV, Infectious disease, Infertility, Men's health, Sexually transmitted infections, Women's health Basic research, Contraceptive development, Drug development, Imaging, Lipidomics, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics
Vanderhyden, Barbara
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Infertility, Ovarian cancer, Women's health Basic research, Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Cancer biotherapeutics, Disease models, Drug development, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genomics, Immunotherapy, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research, Viral therapy
Walker, Mark
MD, FRCPC, MSc, MScHCM
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Global health, Health equity, Infertility, Maternal and fetal health, Newborn and child health, Population health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Pragmatic trials, Prevention, Public health, Quality Improvement, Rapid reviews, Risk assessment, Surveys, Systematic reviews