Participants explore equity, diversity and inclusivity in science as part of London Health Research Day


Equity, diversity and inclusivity are crucial to the future of Canadian science. This is a topic of national importance that has garnered attention and action from the federal government, funding agencies and scientists across the country.

To help address this important topic, Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Lawson Health Research Institute are hosting an evening forum as part of this year’s London Health Research Day (LHRD). Exchange: A London Health Research Day Forum on Diversity and Inclusivity will take place the evening before LHRD.

“Exchange will be an opportunity to see equity, diversity and inclusivity in health research in action. It will feature talks by leading female researchers on issues in indigenous health and LGBTQ health, discuss the implementation of equity in the Canada Research Chairs program, and present female entrepreneurship in the field of health research,” said Savita Dhavantari, PhD, assistant professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, assistant director and scientist at Lawson and one of the organizers of the event. “Above all, I hope it encourages our faculty and students to be fearless in advocating for equity, diversity and inclusivity in health research.”

LHRD’s Exchange aims to foster conversations and influence policy regarding diversity and inclusivity in the careers of health researchers, including gender, and how the health research community can work together to identify and implement solutions. To spark this important discussion, Exchange will feature presentations from local and national health researchers.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
North Campus Building, Western University.

Speakers include:

Dr. Janet Smylie – An international leader in the field of Indigenous health and health research

Dr. Greta Bauer – A researcher at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with a special interest in LGBTQ health

Dr. Alysha Croker – Current manager of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) and the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) programs at the Tri-agency
Institutional Program Secretariat, and previous lead on the development of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR’s) Equity Strategy

Shantal Feltham – Founder of Stiris Research, a London-based North American clinical trial management company

Organizers will be available immediately prior to the event for interviews. Please contact Crystal Mackay in advance if you plan to attend.



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About The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery. 

About Lawson Health Research Institute

Lawson Health Research Institute is one of Canada’s top hospital-based research institutes, tackling the most pressing challenges in health care. As the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, our innovation happens where care is delivered. Lawson research teams are at the leading-edge of science with the goal of improving health and the delivery of care for patients. Working in partnership with Western University, our researchers are encouraged to pursue their curiosity, collaborate often and share their discoveries widely. Research conducted through Lawson makes a difference in the lives of patients, families and communities around the world. To learn more, visit

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