AWHF Solution Series

Meet the Researchers

The Alberta Women's Health Foundation is proud to welcome our researchers, who will provide expert insight during this year's AWHF Solution Series.

This year’s theme is “A Research-Based Approach to Employee Health and Wellness” and seeks to unearth and explore barriers that impact women’s ability to work, remain in the workforce, and advance through their careers.

About the Researchers

Dr. Sandra Davidge

Executive Director, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute

Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Dr. Sandra Davidge is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta and has served as the Executive Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute since 2012. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, she is a leader in pregnancy research where she explores strategies to improve pregnancy outcomes and prevent chronic cardiovascular diseases that can arise in both the mother and her children born from complicated pregnancies.

Dr. Jane Schulz

Professor at the University of Alberta’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alberta Women’s Health Foundation Chair Endowed Research Chair

Dr. Jane Schulz has a passion for scholarly activity, particularly as it relates to innovations in clinical care and quality improvement. She has been part of research work that has led to positive changes to clinical flow and care provision with direct knowledge translation.

Dr. Donna Vine

Professor, Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Donna Vine is co-director of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease Laboratory and leads the PCOS Together Research and Community Outreach program. She is a women’s health research ambassador for the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation and is a strong provincial and national advocate for women’s health and is championing evidence-based research that aims to improve the health and healthcare of those affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Dr. Colleen Norris

Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research

Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Colleen Norris is a registered nurse, epidemiologist, professor and associate dean of research in the Faculty of Nursing, as well as the Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women's Health Research—an endowed chair supported by a generous gift from the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation. In her role as the Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research, she works to actively link research with practice for the benefit of women and the communities in which they live.





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