Dr. Paula Rochon Appointed Vice President, Research at Women's College Hospital

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Marilyn Emery, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Women's College Hospital announced today, Dr. Paula Rochon has been
appointed Vice-President, Research.
    "We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Rochon. She is a scientific leader in
Canada and brings a wealth of clinical research experience to Women's College
Hospital and our research institute," said Marilyn Emery. "In order to fully
understand women's health, we need to look at it across the entire lifespan.
Dr. Rochon's experience and in-depth understanding of aging populations and
chronic diseases, including studying women in particular, will help further
Women's College as a centre of excellence in women's health and a leader in
sex- and gender-based research."
    Most recently, Dr. Rochon was Senior Scientist and Interim Director at
the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit at Baycrest Centre and was a Staff
Geriatrician at Baycrest as well. She is extensively published in leading
scientific journals around the world.
    "Through my experience in geriatrics, the population I have worked with
and studied the most has been women," said Rochon. "It has become very clear
to me that we as researchers need to examine women separately from men because
their health needs may be unique. That begins with the way we design our
research, so we can analyze and understand women as a specialized group.
Because of Women's College Hospital's new ambulatory care focus, we will
conduct clinically relevant research, which will translate into improved
treatment and disease management techniques for women. We will build on the
great work Women's College has already done in the arena of social sciences
research and expand our focus across various disease categories, such as
diabetes, arthritis, HIV, mental health and more."
    Some of Dr. Rochon's own areas of interest include the effects of drug
therapy on various population groups (including gender and age) and the
treatment of individuals with multiple chronic illnesses.
    Dr. Paula Rochon also is currently a Senior Scientist at the Institute
for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Medicine
and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She
is the chair of the Faculty of Medicine's Gender Issues Committee, which
addresses issues facing female physicians and provides mentorship for young
women health care professionals.
    Dr. Rochon completed her undergraduate and medical training at McMaster
University. After her internal medicine and geriatrics residency at the
University of Toronto, she completed her Masters at the Harvard School of
Public Health.

    About Women's College Hospital

    For the past 100 years, Women's College Hospital has been dedicated to
groundbreaking advances in women's health. Women's College Hospital
collaborated in the invention of the Pap test, opened Ontario's first regional
Sexual Assault Care Centre and was the first hospital in the province to use
mammography. Today, Women's College Hospital - an ambulatory care centre and
teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto - is focusing on
sex- and gender-based medicine - one of the most important and unrecognized
areas of women's health.

    About Women's College Research Institute

    The Women's College Research Institute (WCRI) is Canada's largest
research institute dedicated solely to women's health and is part of Women's
College Hospital. WCRI is grounded in three principles: increasing knowledge
in women's health, advancing women's health by connecting researchers,
students and clinicians, and sharing knowledge with health care providers,
policy-makers and the public. In the 10 years since its creation, WCRI has
been leading breakthrough research in key areas of women's health, including
genetics and cancer, obstetrics, osteoporosis and more.
    For more information about Women's College Hospital or the Research
Institute, visit www.womenscollegehospital.ca

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Jilda Lazer, Environics
Communication, (416) 969-2737, jlazer@environicspr.com; Sue Janzen, Women's
College Hospital, (416) 323-6400 ext. 4054, sue.janzen@wchospital.ca

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