Resources & Opportunities

College Resources and Opportunities

As our College's Research Equity & Diversity Specialist, Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose supports our research community in addressing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues in research proposals, project teams, and the research environment overall.

Aiming to bridge the existing sex and gender gaps in health research, Dr. Prosser-Loose seeks to promote EDI principles and build relationships within our local research community and beyond.

For assistance with sex and gender considerations in your research and grant applications, please Contact Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose.

College of Medicine Sex and Gender Champions

The College of Medicine has established a local group of Sex and Gender Champions consisting of researchers, graduate students and staff who are interested in gaining knowledge and learning together. Champions are required on some CIHR applications, and are encouraged for many others.

Our local group is currently working to expand our roles and activities to include education, training, mentorship, and outreach. 

If you are interested in joining, please Contact Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose.

College of Medicine Sex and Gender Trainee Network 

The College of Medicine now has a local sex and gender trainee chapter!

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) has a network of trainees at 13 institutions across Canada who are interested in sex and gender in health research. The network is led by trainees, and a senior mentor from each institute is included. 

The mission of the network is to build capacity in this field. Activities include: networking, meetings, speaker events, webinars, teleconferences, and more! 

Funding is available should our institute wish to host sex and gender trainee network events.

More information.

If you are interested in joining, please  Contact Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose.

Online Training Resources

CIHR Training Modules

Training for biomedical researchers, and researchers working with humans in primary and secondary data collection.

Gender-Based Analysis Plus

A Research Guide from the Status of Women Canada, Government of Canada, for assessing how intersecting identity factors impact policy and research.

The Health Researcher's Toolkit: Why Sex and Gender Matter

Training modules include key concepts, definitions, exper advice, and case studies developed by the Women's Xchange, Women's College Hospital.

Gendered Innovations

A comprehensive resource developed at Stanford University, which includes methods of sex and gender analysis, terms, checklists and case studies.

Reporting Guidelines

Animal Research: Reporting In-Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE)

Developed by the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research, these guidelines are intended to maximize information published while minimizing unnecessary studies. ARRIVE is currently endorsed by 1047 journals. 

Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) Guidelines

An international set of guidelines intended to encourage a more systematic approach to reporting of sex and gender in research. Primarily for authors' use in preparing manuscripts, but also useful in the editorial process.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations 

Recommendations to help ensure best practices and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research in medical journals. Helpful for authors, editors, and peer reviewers. Sex and gender is addressed here in the Recommendations.

Sex, Gender & Diversity-Related Research Grants

CIHR Sex & Gender Science Chair

Chairs will investigate sex and/or gender as a primary research question within the investigator's field of research.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2019.

Chairs are available in the following fields: 

  • Dynamics of Caregiving in an Aging Society
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Health
  • Cancer
  • Genetics
  • Health Services & Policy
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Musculoskeletal Health & Arthritis
  • Neuroscience, Mental Health, & Addictions
  • Diabetes
  • Healthy Cities
  • Sex & Gender Science
  • LGBTQI2S Wellness & Resilience
  • Clinical Application of Sex Hormones
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Studying Sex as a Biological Variable
  • Gender Methods & Measures

CIHR Women's Health Clinical Mentorship Grant

Trainees, students, or residents are paired with and mentored by a women's health clinician-specialist on a one-year research project with the goal of improving clinical care. 

Application Deadline: October 22, 2019.

The research question(s) must:

  1. Focus on the health of women. For the purposes of this grant, women here is used to include biological females AND any other individuals who identify as women; AND
  2. Focus on one or more of the following research areas:
    1. Menarche and/or menopause
    2. Gynecology
    3. Pelvic health/urogynecology
    4. Off-label testosterone treatment for women experiencing hypoactive sexual desire
    5. Cross-hormone replacement therapies for individuals undergoing gender-affirming treatments

CIHR Standardization Platform on Age and Sex as Biological Variable

Supports the establishment of a multidisciplinary platform that includes researchers with expertise in studying sex and age as biological variables in basic science across different levels of analysis (i.e., cells, tissues, and animals). This platform will identify best practices for studying sex and age as biological variables in basic science, provide training, and promote these methods and services. Specifically, the platform is expected to address three key components:

  1. Methods and Materials: Create an inventory of best practices, harmonization and standardization processes to study sex and age as biological variables for the basic science community, including procedures and materials;
  2. Training: Build capacity by providing specialized training and learning opportunities for Canadian researchers (e.g., webinars, hotline, interactive modules, coaching, visiting scholars, wet laboratory training); and
  3. Knowledge Translation: Promote the platform, its best practices, services offered and tools developed across Canada and internationally.
Application Deadline: September 4, 2019

Contact Us.

If you would like to suggest a resource that is not currently available, please contact  Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose or  Dr. Bruna Bonavia-Fisher

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