McMaster University


McMaster University


2009 Gender And Health Institute
*this page is for historical interest only*


The impact of gender on health: An institute for health researchers and educators

The Gender and Health Insititute is a collaboration between McMaster University, Queen's University and the University of Ottawa.

Draft program can be downloaded, here. Please check back for updates.

Download Institute Brochure.

Registration opens May 19, 2009.

Registration fees:

  • Medical Students, graduate students - $125.00
  • After September 1, 2009 - $350.00
  • Day rate: $125.00

Please click here to access registration.

Accreditation info:

CFPC MAINPRO-M1 - 16.5 hours

RCPSC - 16.5 hours

For directions to McMaster, click here.

Please contact Margaret Shkimba ( for more information.

The 2009 Institute is scheduled for Oct. 14 -17, 2009 and will be held at McMaster University, Downtown Centre, Hamilton, Ontario.



    • Examine how gender can be included in medical research
    • Identify strategies to advance the gender and medical education agenda
    • Promote gender knowledge translation and research uptake in education and health service.

The Gender and Health Institute will examine current best practices in gender and medical research, education and practice in several broad health domains including:


    • cardiovascular disease,
    • cancer,
    • mental health,
    • reproductive and sexual health,
    • musculoskeletal, and
    • epidemiological studies.

A life course approach will be adopted that will consider gender across the lifespan.

Planning Committee

Gender and Health Education Initiative

Anne Niec
Professor, Pediatrics and Director

Margaret Shkimba
Project Coordinator
Gender and Health Education Initiative


Women's Health Program

Susan Phillips
Professor, Family Medicine, and Coordinator, Women's Health Program


Office of Equity, Diversity and Gender

Nahid Azad
Associate Professor, Medicine and Director,Office of Equity, Diversity and Gender, Faculty of Medicine.



The four-day Institute will begin on Oct. 14, 2009 with the May Cohen Lecture in Women's Health. The 2009 lecture will be delivered by Dr. Antoine Lagro-Janssen, Radboud University, The Netherlands, and Dr. Katarina Hamberg, Umea University, Sweden. For more information, click here.

The Institute will devote one full day each to explore how gender is incorporated in medical research, education and practice. Preparatory materials will be distributed in advance as best-practices as reported in the literature. During the Institute, participants will engage in a modified deliberative dialogue process, focussing on the successes and challenges they face in incorporating gender into medical reserach, education and practice.

At the end of each day, participants will produce an action plan that will inform their research, teaching and practice environments. These plans will be implemented over the following 6 months. The formation of collaborative research projects is a desired outcome for this event.

A follow-up meeting will track participants activity, post-Institute.

A second Insitute will be planned for 2011.


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