For the past decade, Women for Women’s has offered unparalleled access to world-leading health research and innovation, and empowering women’s health information. This year will be no exception.

We are delighted to announce our featured speakers for 2021:

Dr. Ruth Heisey

Put on your own mask first: Women in a pandemic
Dr. Ruth Heisey

Medical Director, Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers, Women's College Hospital

Women often prioritize the health and well-being of loved ones before their own a reality exacerbated by COVID-19. During her empowering talk, Dr. Heisey will share important health lessons we can learn from the pandemic and highlight how when women care for themselves first, it leads to better health outcomes for all.

Dr. Heisey's Biography:

Dr. Ruth Heisey is Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Primary Care and the Medical Director of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women’s College Hospital. She is an Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition to her work at Women's College Hospital, Dr. Ruth Heisey is a GP Oncologist specializing in breast disease.

Dr. Heisey is internationally recognized for her work in educating primary care providers to better manage women at high risk for breast cancer. Her research incorporates the views of family physicians and women to better care for women at risk for or living with breast cancer.

Dr. Aisha Lofters

Designing a health system for all
Dr. Aisha Lofters

Chair, Implementation Science, Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers, Women’s College Hospital

A one size fits all approach simply doesn’t work in healthcare. During her inspiring presentation, Dr. Lofters will share why diverse perspectives in research and clinical care are essential to creating a healthcare system that is capable of caring for everyone.

Dr. Lofters' Biography:

Dr. Aisha Lofters is the Chair of Implementation Science at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women’s College Hospital. A family physician, Dr. Lofter’s also serves as a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and an innovation fellow at WCH Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV). An accomplished clinician scientist, Dr. Lofters is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, as well as a Senior Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She also serves as the provincial primary care lead for Cancer Care Ontario’s Cancer Screening Portfolio.

Dr. Lofters is leveraging her research expertise in the field of health equity to develop a research program focused on enhancing cancer screening and prevention interventions. Dr. Lofters’ research program has the potential to reduce the number of women who are diagnosed with cancer or who are diagnosed at a late stage due to systemic barriers that prevent them from access timely and quality care. Through her work, Dr. Lofters is helping to improve cancer care for all women, particularly for women who experience social marginalization.