Outstanding women at Ontario universities honoured for contributions to improved health for women

Eight outstanding women at Ontario universities are being honoured with the 2013-14 Women’s Health Scholars Award, netting total research awards of more than $165,000 to improve the health of women by studying issues such as poverty, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and sex differences in autoimmune disorders.

The awards, administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), were established in 2001 to ensure Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women’s health scholars who excel in the creation of knowledge about women’s health and translate that into better health outcomes for them.

Award recipients – this year, doctoral and master’s students from eight Ontario universities – receive research awards of up to $22,000 each from the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards program, established with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“We are proud of the many talented women scholars at Ontario universities devoted to improving the lives of women by getting to the root causes of their unique health care issues,” says Alastair Summerlee, Chair of COU and President of the University of Guelph.

“The important work they do contributes to healthier lives for women around the world,” says Summerlee.

This year’s recipients and their respective areas of research are:

  • Nicole Etherington, Western University – the effects of childhood poverty on women’s health
  • Kara Hawkins, York University – the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amanda Lorbergs, McMaster University – postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Angela Zhang, University of Toronto – sex differences in autoimmune development
  • Jillian Gedeon, University of Ottawa – contraception for refugees on the Thailand-Burma border
  • Andrea LaMarre, University of Guelph – women’s narratives around eating disorders
  • Krystal Kehoe MacLeod, Carleton University – barriers to integrated home care for women
  • Bharati Sethi, Wilfrid Laurier University – the relationship between work and health for visible minority women

Click here to learn more about this year’s recipients.


COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality programs for students, and the research and innovation that improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.

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