Research & Funding

Ovarian and cervical cancer. Infertility. Pregnancy and delivery complications. Post-partum depression. Symptoms of menopause.

These are just a few of the sexual and reproductive health challenges that every day affect the lives of millions of Canadian women and their families and friends. Yet research into women’s health issues is seriously under funded compared to the impact those issues have on all of our lives.

That’s where the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health comes in.

At the University of British Columbia, Dr. Patricia Janssen is looking for ways to protect at-risk pregnant women from domestic violence. At the University of Ottawa, Dr. Andrée Gruslin’s research could reduce widespread and often dangerous pregnancy complications for women suffering from obesity. At McMaster University, Dr. Laurie Elit is studying what adolescents know about HPV—a sexually transmitted viral infection that can cause cervical cancer—and how that knowledge affects their sexual behaviour.

These are just a few of the groundbreaking CFWH-funded research projects across Canada that are improving health for women of all ages. From menstruation to contraception, from childbirth to menopause and beyond, CFWH-supported research translates directly into improvements in the sexual and reproductive health of Canadian women.

The Duchesnay International Elective Fellowships for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Resident


The Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health awards two Duchesnay fellowships every year to resident students in obstetrics and gynaecology who desire to complete an elective in a healthcare center in a developing country. The fellowships cover four to eight weeks, with the amount varying from $2,500CAD to $4,500 CAD according to the length of the elective. A $700 CAD lump-sum wil be allocated to the local supervisor of the elective.

The candidate must be a Canadian citizen, registered as a resident in obstetrics and gynaecology in a Canadian health care institution and a member of the SOGC.

 

André Lalonde Permanent Endowment Fund

The André Lalonde Endowment Fund was established in memory of his parents, Dorima and Antoinette Lalonde. It has been endowed by Dr. André Lalonde, Executive Vice-President, the SOGC, family members, Duchesnay Inc. and close friends of the SOGC.

Currently, Dr. Andre Lalone personally funds a grant to sponsor an expert physician from a low resource country as a guest speaker annually at a Canadian Women’s health conference such as the Annual Clinical Meeting (SOGC).

The Fund’s goal is inclusive of supporting the Young Physician Elective Program in lower resource countries, awarding grants and bursaries to those who wish to participate. These young physicians will become ambassadors in our quest to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the world. We hope to raise sufficient funds to provide three to five of these grants and bursaries per year.

The Purpose of the Fund as been expanded in 2015 to include support of a Canadian physician wishing or currently working with under serviced Canadian populations with the intention of publishing on this population and work. Priority is given to the following:
– practitioners working to improve National and International maternal mortality
– practitioners working to improve newborn health
– practitioners working to improve aboriginal health as it relates to maternal fetal medicine
– practitioners working towards improvement of nutrition in pregnancy, post partum and for babies

The rate of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity is very high, especially in 67 countries around the world. Most physicians from high resource countries have never experienced the plight of the women and newborns in the developing world. The lack of resources, medicine and healthcare professionals, as well as the poor quality of the existing health care systems, spell great danger for women in the poorest countries.

The objective is to build the Fund to reach at least $500,000, so that the interest and investments will then sustain, in perpetuity, bursaries for students and young physicians, allowing them to work for a period of time in lower resource countries, as well as continuing to bring expert physicians from low resources countries to the International Women’s Symposium.
Management of the Fund

The Fund is managed by the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, who provides charitable donation receipts for all contributions. The Fund Management Committee includes Dr. André Lalonde, his son Jean Lalonde, the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health and the Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, as well as additional sponsors from time to time. The Committee will report on an annual basis to all contributors the results of Appeals, as well as updates to the Fund balance, which will also be reported on the SOGC Newsletter.

Please submit applications for funding to infocfwh@sogc.com.  A maximum of 2 awards will be distributed per calendar year. Fund provision will be determined by the review committee based on the project. $1000 will be provided to the applications affiliated Canadian institution.  This is a rolling application process. Incomplete applications will be disregarded. A committee, formed by the CFWH Chair will review all applications.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Projects/ Research is related to the following populations:
    • Under-serviced Canadian or Low Resource international populations
    • First Nations, Inuit Populations of Canada
  • Projects must last at least 6 weeks of the calendar year of the award
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to present their results at an agreed upon meeting such as the SOGC ACM.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter describing your project or intended work
  • an up to date curriculum vitae
  • a letter of support from a community leader or supervisor
  • A detailed breakdown of usage of funds requested

The Dawn Walker Grant in support of health policy training and development for health-care professionals

Dawn Carol Walker, R.N., was able to influence public health policy through her work both within and beyond government thanks to her training as a health-care professional. This provided her not only with a depth of knowledge and experience but also insights and professional credibility that are not available to policy makers who have had no direct work experience in the health-care field. Because of her training as a nurse, Ms. Walker intrinsically understood the health and social aspects of the issues that were being considered or needed to be brought forward and, consequently, could focus her energies as a policy developer on solutions that would result in better outcomes for all.

Thanks to the Walker-Peters Family, the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health is proud to award one or more Dawn Walker grants in the total amount of $5,000 each year to health-care professionals and/or students so that they may be better prepared to contribute to the development of health care policy for children and women.

 

The Namesake Grants

This new category of grant was created with the goal of allowing individuals or small businesses the opportunity to become donors of grants through the CFWH whilst creating a connection between donors and researchers/ project developers in communities throughout Canada. These grants range in size and will be detailed individually.

Rubicon Pharmacy Grant:

We thank our new donor, Rubicon Pharmacy in Saskatchewan for the generous donation of up to $2000 towards research or projects aimed at the betterment of women/newborn health in Northern Canada. We welcome project applications starting in January 2017 with a deadline of March 1, 2017.

To apply, please provide the following:

  •  Cover page detailing your name, address, profession, and place of work (contact details of workplace)
  • Detailed summary of research or project
  • Start and anticipated end dates of the project/research
  • Detailed account of proposed use of funds
  • Letter of support from community and/or workplace for project/research

 

 



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