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Contents   1) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): a) Webinar: Visual Methods in Gender and Health Research 2) Gates Foundation Global Health and Agricultural Development Grants The information included in this email message is also posted at the following URL:
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by Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific / 2-3 p.m. Eastern  

In this session, Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah will provide an introduction to how participant-driven visual methods (e.g., photography, video) can be used in gender and health research. Drawing on examples from past research projects the session will explore how visual methods enable us to “see” or surface gender in qualitative data. Particular attention will be given to the use of visual findings to explore social theories of gender, embodiment, addiction and illness. Dr. Haines-Saah will present for approximately 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes for question and answer.

Dr. Haines-Saah is a research associate in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. A sociologist by training, her areas of interest span critical and qualitative studies of smoking, social theories of health and illness, gender and feminist theories of health, and youth cultural approaches to adolescent substance use.

No RSVP necessary. To join the session, please follow the instructions below. Please note that the session will start promptly at the time indicated. Participants may log in up to a ½ hour prior to start to test their set-up and address any technical queries.

For more information or questions related to these sessions, please contact IGH Knowledge Translation Manager Stephanie Coen at or 604-827-3445.

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Integrating Gender and Sex in Health Research Webinar Series provides learning opportunities to advance the integration of gender and sex considerations in health research. 

How to participate

For these sessions we will be using the University of British Columbia’s distance learning platform Wimba. To use Wimba, you will need a computer with an internet connection and speakers or a headset. A mic is useful but not necessary; questions may also be submitted via a text chat feature.

1. Entering the IGH virtual classroom:
• Go to:
• A login window will pop up. Enter your name only, as you would like it to appear in the participant log. There is no username/password required. Click enter.
• The next screen will ask you to run the Wimba set-up wizard. If this is your first time using Wimba, click the “Run Wizard” button and follow the prompts. If you have previously entered the Wimba classroom, click the link lower down on the page to skip the wizard and enter the classroom directly.
• Tip: Ensure that your computer/headset volume is audible and your pop-up blocker is disabled before running the wizard.
• Once the wizard is completed, you will be re-directed into the IGH Wimba classroom.


2. During the session - How to “talk”
• Please note that all participants will be muted during the presentation. For questions or technical issues during the presentation portion, please use the chat feature (described below).
• During the Q&A portion, participants will be asked to please raise their hands and will be called upon in turn.
• To raise your hand, click the hand icon button at the bottom of the people box (where all participant names appear).
• You will then be identified and unmuted.
• To speak, hold down the “Talk” button and ask your question. Release once you are done speaking.

How to “chat”
• To pose a question, enter your question in the dropdown menu in the dialog box and press Enter.
• If you have having audio trouble during the Q&A period or do not have a microphone, you can type your questions to Stephanie and she will read them out.

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2) Gates Foundation Global Health and Agricultural Development Grants


Gates Foundation $100,000 Grants - Global Health and Agricultural Development (additional funding of up to US $1 million)

Internal review deadline: 5PM, Nov. 10, 2011

External deadline: 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, Nov. 17, 2011


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 8 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until November 17, 2011 on the following topics:

Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market

Design new approaches to optimize immunization systems

Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas

Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children

Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:

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