Our Impact on the Future of Healthcare

SCIENTIST IMPACT
Dr. Steven Narod has made many discoveries about BRCA mutations and breast/ovarian cancer, about the prevalence of mutations in different ethnicities, and about the effectiveness of preventive therapies. His vision is to prevent cancer before it happens in high-risk women by improving access to genetic testing and advancing more tailored interventions.
Dr. Gillian Hawker has shown that people with arthritis are often undertreated for their pain, because many are older and have competing chronic conditions. She envisions a health system that recognizes that conditions that impact quality of life – like arthritis – also have a major impact on health outcomes.
Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe has examined the complex relationship between Type 2 diabetes and factors like culture, socio-economic status, nutrition and illnesses such as breast cancer. She wants to see her findings translated into innovations that make healthy lifestyle choices and healthcare services accessible to all.
Dr. Paula Rochon has committed her career to improving providers’ understanding of how to prescribe drugs to older people, particularly women, whose age, medical conditions and multiple medications make them vulnerable to adverse events. She envisions a system where providers have the information they need to prescribe the safest and most appropriate therapies so that older people have the best health outcomes.
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis has led research into the widespread impacts of mental health conditions like postpartum depression on women, and their babies and families. Her goal is to bring equitable access to mental healthcare to all women and their families, no matter where they live.
Dr. An-Wen Chan has launched a program to improve the rigour of research, to ensure that the drug data that health providers see is an accurate reflection of how safe and effective the drugs really are. His aim is to improve the quality and transparency of clinical trials, to reduce adverse events, enhance safety and efficacy, and improve health outcomes.
Dr. Ophira Ginsburg designs grassroots community healthcare models tailored to women living in rural Bangladesh as well as immigrant South Asian women living in Toronto. She wants South Asian women to understand the importance of breast health and actively engage in pursuing healthcare, whether they live in Bangladesh or Toronto.
Dr. Mona Loutfy leads a community-engaged program of research that analyzes how well health services target and serve women with HIV. Her work is breaking down the stigma that women living with HIV face within the healthcare system, to improve their equitable access to health services.