Dr. Liisa Galea and collaborators awarded a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Award

Dr. Liisa Galea

Congratulations to Dr. Liisa Galea, distinguished university scholar and professor in the department of psychology, for receiving the Convening & Collaborating (C2) award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Dr. Liisa Galea and Shirley Weir, research user co-lead and founder of Menopause Chicks—along with a host of interdisciplinary collaborators—will be using this award to host a Women’s Health Conference, Brain Exchange: Engaging Inter-disciplinary Perspectives to Support Women’s Brain Health. The conference will bring together multidisciplinary researchers and stakeholders to engage in dialogue related to women’s brain health issues.

“The Women’s Health Cluster, with representatives from Faculty of Arts, Science, Land and Food Systems, Applied Science, and Medicine, and our community representative, has started to plan this conference,” said Galea, who co-leads UBC’s Women’s Health Research Cluster. 

“We’re grateful for this award as it presents an opportunity to showcase the importance of women’s health from multi-disciplinary perspective.”
Professor, UBC Psychology

“We’re grateful for this award as it presents an opportunity to showcase the importance of women’s health from multi-disciplinary perspective. We’ll highlight research perspectives, knowledge gaps, and common misperceptions on Mind and Brain across multiple health areas—including a ‘mind of her own’ session focusing on healthy aging, behavioural health, nutrition and metabolism, and the economics and social implications of chronic pain and lactation. We look forward to welcoming the community to participate in 2020.”

About Liisa

Liisa Galea is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, a member of the Centre for Brain HealthDirector of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and a Scientific Advisor at  the Women’s Health Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. Her research investigates how sex hormones influence brain health and disease in both females and males. The main goal of her research is to improve brain health for women and men by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones on normal and diseased brain states such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

About the award

The C2 Program and awards are designed to foster meaningful collaboration between health researchers and research users to initiate projects aligned with BC’s health system priorities.