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Dr. Deborah Money Presented and Participated in a Q&A Session during Women’s Health-Focused Meeting of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Health!

May 2nd, 2024

On Thursday May 2nd, 2024, RID Program Leader Dr. Money presented to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in Ottawa, Ontario during their 113th meeting, which was focused on women’s health. She spoke on the importance of women’s heath research, impacts that Canadian research has had in the field of women’s health, the positive advancements in healthcare that can be achieved when women and pregnancy-focused research is prioritized and multiple recommendations on how to improve women’s health research in Canada. Following the presentation session, Dr. Money and the three other researchers present participated in a Q&A session for the MPs of the committee. 


Congratulations to RID Program Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Wong on receiving the Best Early Career Presenter Award at the 2024 International Workshop on HIV & Women!

April 16th, 2024

The RID Program would like to send our sincerest congratulations to Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Wong on receiving the Best Early Career Presenter Award at the 14th Annual International Workshop on HIV & Women! This conference, which was held in Washington, D.C. USA on April 12 and 13th, featured numerous presentations from experts in the field of HIV and women’s health. Dr. Jeffrey Wong presented on the topic of “Risk Factors for Preterm Birth in Pregnant Women Living with HIV: A 25-Year Analysis of the British Columbia Perinatal HIV Database”, and for this presentation was presented with this award from the organizers of the workshop! Congratulations again to Dr. Jeffrey Wong!


Congratulations to RID Program Master’s Student Sofia Nicolls on winning the UBC Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences Research Day Poster Competition!

April 16th, 2024

The RID Program would like to congratulate master’s student Sofia Nicolls on winning the research poster competition at the 2024 UBC Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences (WACH) Research Day on Tuesday, April 16th 2024. At this event, Sofia presented on her current project on the incidence and prevalence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection in women living with HIV (WLWH) in BC. This work has been supported by her supervisor, RID Program Leader Dr. Deborah Money, and involves analyzing previous data collected from past HPV in HIV studies conducted by the RID Program to understand these incidence and prevalence rates. Congratulations once again Sofia on this amazing achievement!


New Publication: “Retrospective Cohort Study on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pregnancy Outcomes for Women Living With HIV in British Columbia” published in JAIDS!

April 15th, 2024

A new publication authored by RID Program team members Winnie Fu, Dr. Elisabeth McClymont, Dr. Andrea Atkinson, Arezou Azampanah, Dr. Chelsea Elwood, Dr. Julie van Schalkwyk, and Dr. Deborah Money as well as other collaborators has been published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS). The study found that the COVID-19 pandemic affected pregnant women living with HIV and their infants in BC, including higher rates of preterm birth and higher gestational age at first antenatal encounter during the pandemic. There were 2 cases of perinatal transmission of HIV during the pandemic, compared to none in the 3 years preceding the pandemic. Future pandemic-time guidelines should enhance engagement with communities that have existing social-structural barriers to health. For more information on this study and its findings, please click here to access the publication!


Congratulations to RID Program Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Wong on receiving the 2024 D.A. Boyes Memorial Research Award!

April 2nd, 2024

The RID Program would like to congratulate Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Wong on receiving the 2024 D.A. Boyes Memorial Research Award from the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, for his project “Evaluation of the Universal Maternal Syphilis Screen at Delivery: a collaboration with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control”. This award has been given by the UBC Department of OBGYN annually since 2017, to honor notable department member Dr. David A. Boyes and to support research in the department of OBGYN. Congratulations once again to Dr. Wong!


Congratulations to RID Program Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Wong on receiving the JAMMI Trainee Published Manuscript Award!

March 13th, 2024

The RID Program would like to congratulate Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jeff Wong on receiving the JAMMI Trainee Published Manuscript Award for his manuscript “Establishing obstetrics-specific metrics and interventions for antimicrobial stewardship”. This award is given by the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada annually to celebrate an extraordinary manuscript published by a trainee in the Journal of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (JAMMI) Canada. Congratulations once again to Dr. Wong!


Congratulations to RID Program Collaborator Dr. Mark Yudin on receiving the Casey Award for Leadership in Social Justice for the HIV/AIDS Community!

February 28th, 2024

Dr. Mark Yudin, a long-time colleague and principal collaborator of the RID Program, has recently been awarded the Casey Award for Leadership in Social Justice for the HIV/AIDS Community, by the Casey House Hospital in Toronto, for his extensive exemplary work as the head of the Positive Pregnancy Program (P3 Clinic) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The P3 Clinic is a program, which was partly modelled after BCWH’s Oaktree Clinic, that has been operating for over 15 years, and works to provide high-quality obstetric and midwifery care for women living with HIV (WLWH) in the greater Toronto area. Congratulations Dr. Yudin and the rest of the P3 Clinic Team!


RID Program 2023 Annual Report is Now Available!

February 21st, 2024

The RID Program’s Annual Report for 2023 is now available to read! Click here to access the report and learn about all of the amazing work completed, conferences attended, new publications and other important accomplishments for the RID Program in 2023, as well as updates on our ongoing research projects.


Dr. Deborah Money appointed as member of the Order of Canada!

January 2nd, 2024

On December 28th 2023, Dr. Deborah Money was named as a new appointee to the Order of Canada along with 77 other individuals by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada. Dr. Money was selected due to her significant contributions to the field of women’s health and especially in the area of reproductive infectious disease. Congratulations Dr. Money!


RID Program Leader Dr. Deborah Money interviewed on Global News BC, regarding the currently recruiting COVERED Project, as well as latest insights and guidance on vaccination in pregnancy

December 21st, 2023

Dr. Deborah Money, the leader of the RID Program, was recently interviewed on the Global News BC Morning Show to discuss the RID Program’s COVERED project, a project being conducted across Canada to help broaden our understanding of vaccinations, pregnancy outcomes, and infant outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Money spoke about the latest insights and guidance regarding COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccination for pregnant women and people.


New Paper Published on Findings of RID Program’s COVERED Project: “Reactogenicity, pregnancy outcomes, and SARS-CoV-2 infection following COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy in Canada: A national prospective cohort study”

October 31st, 2023

A new paper authored by the team behind the RID Program’s COVERED Project has been published in the scientific journal Vaccine, entitled “Reactogenicity, pregnancy outcomes, and SARS-CoV-2 infection following COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy in Canada: A national prospective cohort study“. The paper describes the findings from data collected from Canadian pregnant women and people from July 2021 to July 2022, to understand various aspects of their experience in pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic.


RID Program Leader Dr. Deborah Money Honored with Woman’s Health Champion, Health Leader Award

October 26th, 2023

Dr. Deborah Money, the leader of the RID program, professor of OB/GYN and clinician/scientist in Reproductive Infectious Diseases, was recently honored with the Women’s Health Champion, Health Leader Award at the annual Glow Gala hosted by the BC Women’s Health Foundation (BCWHF) and RBC.


NIH selects Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

August 2nd, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo who was named Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases!


Babies’ gut microbiome not influenced by mothers’ vaginal microbiome composition

March 30th, 2023

Frontiers Science News features our latest publication, titled “Maternal vaginal microbiome composition does not affect development of the infant gut microbiome in early life”. This study has one of the largest mother-infant cohort studies to date.


COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy helps protect newborns, Canadian study suggests

February 8th, 2023

CBC News features Dr. Deborah Money, who comments on the benefit of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, explaining that getting vaccinated during pregnancy is also of “great benefit to the infant” after they’re born.


HSV-2 infection and HPV incidence, persistence, and precancerous lesions in a cohort of HPV-vaccinated women living with HIV

January 26th, 2023

Our recent publication in the International Journal of STD & AIDS assesses the relationship between HSV-2 infection and HPV-related outcomes in quadrivalent HPV-vaccinated (qHPV) women living with HIV (WLWH).


Adverse maternal, fetal, and newborn outcomes among pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection: an individual participant data meta-analysis

January 24th, 2023

Check out this recently published prospective meta-analysis, with Dr. Deborah Money as a contributing author, which indicates that SARS-CoV-2 infection at any time during pregnancy increases the risk of maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidities and adverse newborn outcomes.


Reproductive Infectious Diseases Team Annual Report 2022

January 15th, 2023

Our Annual Report is here! Read about the work that the RID team has been involved in over the past year.


UBC Q & A With Dr. Deborah Money: Bivalent Vaccines in Pregnancy

November 8th, 2022

With bivalent COVID-19 boosters rolling out across Canada, Dr. Deborah Money answers questions about what people who are pregnant need to know.


The 13th International Workshop on HIV & Women

October 26th, 2022

The 13th International Workshop on HIV & Women is accepting abstract submissions! The deadline for submission is November 4th, 2022.


Clinical risk factors of adverse outcomes among women with COVID-19 in the pregnancy and postpartum period: A sequential, prospective meta-analysis

August 24th, 2022

Data from our CANCOVID-Preg Surveillance project are used in this recent publication from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


CITF News Release: The Omicron Tsunami

July 6th, 2022

Data from our Canadian Antenatal Serosurveillance Study are highlighted in the most recent news release from Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF).


Vaginal microbiota associated with oncogenic HPV in a cohort of HPV-vaccinated women living with HIV

July 1st, 2022

Drs. Elisabeth McClymont, Arianne Albert and Deborah Money, along with the CTN 236 HPV in HIV Study Team, have recently been published in the International Journal of STD & AIDS.


Interim Guidance on Monkeypox Exposure for Pregnant People

June 9th, 2022

Drs. Vanessa Poliquin, Andrea Atkinson, Isabelle Boucoiran, Chelsea Elwood, Julie van Schalkwyk, Mark H. Yudin, and Deborah Money released these guidelines on behalf of the SOGC’s Infectious Diseases Committee.


Bloomberg Article: The Risks of Being Pregnant While Infected With Covid

May 26th, 2022

Dr. Deborah Money (school of population and public health; department of obstetrics and gynaecology) discussed a study she led which found that pregnant, unvaccinated people are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 outcomes.


Association of SARS-CoV-2 Infection During Pregnancy With Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes

May 2nd, 2022

Researchers at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are urging people who are pregnant to remain vigilant based on data from Canada’s first national, peer-reviewed study on COVID-19 in pregnancy.


Pregnant women safely tolerate amoxicillin direct oral challenges

April 27th, 2022

Pregnant women with a history of penicillin allergy safely passed direct oral challenges for amoxicillin without preceding skin testing, according to our study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.


ACOG Today’s Headlines

April 20th, 2022

ACOG Today’s Headlines is a digest of women’s health news selected from thousands of sources. Our recent publication, titled “Safety of Direct Oral Challenge to Amoxicillin in Pregnant Patients at a Canadian Tertiary Hospital” was recently featured as their top news story. To read the article, click here.


Ask a Scientist: Will the COVID-19 vaccine affect my fertility?

March 16th, 2022

Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility has been rampant, but the good news is that data from scientific studies around the world have been very reassuring. There is already a tremendous body of evidence telling us that the COVID-19 vaccines do not interfere with fertility or pregnancy.


Pregnancy & COVID-19

January 6, 2022

A new study sheds more light on the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and vaccine efficiency. Lead researcher Dr. Deborah Money joins Global’s Andrea Howick with preliminary results.

 


Misinformation Linking Vaccine to Stillbirths Condemned by Vancouver Coastal Health

November 24, 2021

Online misinformation prompted the health authority to take to social media, dispel frightening rumours. Dr. Anna Wolak says anti-vaccine misinformation is increasingly targeting parents, expectant parents


How scientific evidence evolves: A case study on COVID-19 in pregnancy

November 23, 2021

Growing evidence has led to the continuous evolution of our understanding of COVID-19 in pregnancy.