Group photo from Trainee Research Day 2022

A Look Back At Trainee Research Day 2022

On June 13th and 14th  of 2022, the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative hosted our second annual Trainee Research Day to celebrate and highlight the incredible work of gynecologic cancer trainees in British Columbia.

With this being our first-time hosting Trainee Research Day as a hybrid event, it was super exciting to see our attendees, presenters, panelists, and keynote speakers online and in person. The in-person component of this year’s event was hosted at the Paetzold Health Education Centre at Vancouver General Hospital with social distancing and safety measures under play.

In Her Mother’s Name – Shiraz Italia’ Story

Shiraz Italia was 12 when her mom died of ovarian cancer. If Shiraz hadn’t pursued genetic testing to determine her own risk, her daughter might have lost her at an even younger age. Shiraz Italia’s family is donating to BC Cancer’s renowned Ovarian Cancer Research (OVCARE) Program, which has joined forces with the Hereditary Cancer Program (HCP), to expedite the process of identifying more women at high risk so they can have live-saving preventative surgery. 

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Working Towards Health equity in Indigenous Reproductive Health

With June being Indigenous History Month, the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative (GCI) celebrates the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of Indigenous People, while also reflecting on the historical and ongoing injustices of colonialism and intergenerational trauma that affects them.  

As a group of researchers and providers working to improve gynecologic cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and treatment in British Columbia, we acknowledge the ongoing colonization of Indigenous communities that continues to take place today. 



Read the GCI Blog!

The GCI launched a blog focused on knowledge translation and science communications. This platform intends to make information about gynecologic cancers and the gynecoloic cancer research in BC more accessible to the general population.