Gynecologic Cancer Initiative Trainee Research Day

June 13, 2022 Schedule

9:00 am Housekeeping + Opening Remarks

9:15 am Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ian Graham (Knowledge Translation, Your Pathway to Impact) 

10:00 am Rapid Fire Presentations

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Trainee Presentations (Diagnostics & Treatment)

11:30 am Engaging Patients as Partners in Research Panel

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Rapid Fire Presentations 

1:30 pm Trainee Presentations (Survivorship & Prevention)

2:30 pm Closing Remarks

June 14, 2022 Schedule

9:00 am Housekeeping + Opening Remarks

9:15 am Trainee Presentations (Diagnostics & Treatment)

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Rapid Fire Presentations

10:45 am Trainee Presentations (Diagnostics & Treatment)

11:45 am Lunch and What’s Next? Navigating Life After Graduate School Career Panel

1:00pm Keynote Presentation by Dr. Yvette Drew (The Evolution of PARP Inhibitors in High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer: From Bench to Bedside and Back Again!)

1:45 pm Closing Remarks and Awards 



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ian D. Graham trained as a medical sociologist at McGill University. His postdoctoral studies at the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Instituted focused on clinical epidemiology and health services research. Professor Graham’s research interests include knowledge translation/mobilization (implementation) science; the role of sex, gender and other intersectional considerations in implementation science; the development, quality and implementation of practice guidelines; mixed and multiple methods, and knowledge synthesis.


Dr. Yvette Drew has a joint faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with OBGYN and the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at UBC. . Dr Yvette Drew previously worked as Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Medical Oncology at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) and the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Newcastle University since 2014. She was regional gynae medical oncology trials lead, deputy lead for the Newcastle Experimental Cancer Medicines centre (phase 1 unit) and co-lead of the gynae-onc translational team. Research interests include the targeting DNA repair pathways as treatment for gynaecological cancers and PARP inhibitor resistance.

Trainee Research Day Panel Speakers

Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. Dr. Brotto believes in the importance of personal story and lived experience in shaping science. As such, she engages with patients and community members in the design, execution, analysis, and dissemination of each of her research studies.

Stephanie Lam is the Research Coordinator for the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative (GCI), a province-wide initiative aimed to accelerate transformative research on the prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship of gynecologic cancers. She is also completing her Masters of Health Administration at UBC. Currently, Stephanie supports a broad range of research activities within the GCI including clinical trials, knowledge translation and educational programs. An important part of her role is in the area of patient engagement and patient-oriented research. She chairs and facilitates the GCI’s Patient and Family Advisory Council where she builds relationships with gynecologic cancer patient partners and works with researchers to enable patient-oriented research.

Nicole Keay is an experienced communications professional and a patient partner with the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative (GCI). She is also co-hosts the Gynecologic Oncology Sharing Hub (GOSH) podcast alongside Stephanie Lam. In her early 30s, Nicole was diagnosed with cervical cancer and underwent intense treatment including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy resulting in the loss of her fertility. Nicole now uses her experiences to help guide, support and be a voice for women who have been diagnosed with gynecological cancers.