Research Report 2018

Group of students at Women's College Hospital

Trainees are an important part of our research institute. At Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI), we provide many opportunities to students and trainees at all levels to interact with, and be mentored by, our world-class scientists.

Our Trainees

WCRI’s trainee program is growing in size and strength – shaping the scientific leaders of tomorrow. Not only are we training higher numbers of promising young researchers, their work is making an impact on clinical practice and in health policy to close the health gaps experienced by patients at our hospital and across the country. Several of our own award-winning scientists – including Drs. Joanne Kotsopoulos, Noah Ivers, Iliana Lega, Lorraine Lipscombe, Lisa McCarthy, Jacob Udell, and Simone Vigod – began their careers as trainees in our program.

This year, our trainees have been recognized with a wide range of prestigious grants and awards:

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Dr. Nathan Stall
  • 2018 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Insitute of Aging Anne Martin-Matthews Doctoral Research Prize of Excellence in Research on Aging – Dr. Nathan Stall
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Graduate Award – Vasily Giannakeas
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship – Denise Jaworsky
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canadian HIV Trials Network/Gilead Postdoctoral Fellowship – Priscilla Medeiros
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship – Rachel Savage, PhD

  • WCRI Summer Student Program

    WCRI’s highly sought-after summer student research program has mentored hundreds of participants since it launched in 2004. Each year, both undergraduate and graduate students are paired with WCRI scientists for three to four months. The students work closely with scientists on a research project and also learn practical research skills to help prepare them for their future careers. At the end of the program, the students each give presentations on their research projects covering a variety of research areas ranging from a study on prescribing cascades in older women, an analysis of large cardiovascular outcome trials, and an evaluation of preventative mastectomies in BRCA mutation carriers.