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Published on February 2, 2024

CanSAGE partners with Pfizer on Early Career Investigator Grants

Three researchers were awarded the new grants for 2023-24
Dr. Jenna Gale, Dr. Ruth Habte, and Dr. Dong Bach Nguyen

Last year, CanSAGE partnered with Pfizer to introduce the new CanSAGE/Pfizer Early Career Investigator Grants, three $30,000 grants awarded for gynecologic research conducted by early-career clinician-investigators.

In addition, we also continued to offer the $5,000 CanSAGE Research Grant, targeted to early-career clinicians for pilot work in gynecologic research, with preference for topics relevant to minimally invasive surgery, surgical education, and physician wellness.

These grants are meant to not only support our members, but also further to encourage research in areas of gynecology that are often overlooked by major awards and grants.

“CanSAGE is fostering a commitment to women’s health by strongly focusing on research into complex gynecologic conditions and menstrual disorders — like endometriosis and uterine fibroids — that are often chronically underfunded by large granting agencies,” said CanSAGE Secretary and Research Grant Director Dr. Olga Bougie.

“We also really want to support CanSAGE members who are early in their careers and who are trying to strike a balance between being clinicians and researchers. We want to give them an opportunity to get the funding needed to get their research going and, further down the line, give them the experience to apply for larger grants.”

Have an idea for an innovative project? CanSAGE’s grants for 2024-25 will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more information and application guidelines!

In 2023-24, the inaugural recipients of the CanSAGE/Pfizer Early Career Investigator Grants were:

  • Dr. Jenna Gale (University of Ottawa Assistant Professor, The Ottawa Hospital dept OBGYN, Ottawa Fertility Centre Fertility Specialist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Scientist) for the project, “A prospective single site study of the effectiveness of Assessment of Sonographic Suggestion of Endometriosis via Soft Signs among Fertility patients: The ASSESS Fertility Study”
  • Dr. Dong Bach Nguyen (Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Royal Victoria Hospital – Glen Site, McGill University Health Centre) for the project, “Estetrol drospirenone to Reduce the Average Size of Endometriomas (ERASE)”
  • Dr. Ruth M. Habte (PGY4 in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia) for the project, “Exploring a Personalized Approach to the Medical Management of Endometriosis Using Clinical and Molecular Determinants”

The 2023-24 CanSAGE Research Grant recipient was Dr. Geneviève Horwood (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care, the Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa) for the project, “Understanding the Association between Chronic Pelvic Pain and Intimate Partner Violence: A Mixed-Methods Study to Better Gynecologic Care through Patient Narratives.”

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