IWIS Event – Understanding the Nuts and BONES of Osteoporosis

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Understanding the Nuts and BONES of Osteoporosis

“Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime” – Osteoporosis Canada

    • When: January 16th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • Where: The Wicklow Pub
    • Address: 610 Stamps Landing Vancouver, BC
    • Cost: Free

Dr. Prior

will discuss how bones change throughout a woman’s life. She will also discuss risk factors and strategies to prevent osteoporosis.

As a clinician-scientist, she has a special interest in menstrual cycles and the effects of hormones on women’s bone, heart and breast health. Dr. Prior has studied women’s menstrual cycles, perimenopause and the causes for and treatment of osteoporosis. She has researched the use of the ovarian hormone progesterone for treatment of menstrual flow problems, perimenopause, hot flushes, and low bone density. In addition to being the author of several books and over 200 publications, she answered questions from women around the world through her postings “Ask Jerilynn”. (www.cemor.ubc.ca/ask). For more detailed biography and publication of Jerilynn Prior

Dr. Barr

will share her findings showing that women with unhealthy eating attitudes tend to experience hormonal disturbances, putting them at risks of osteoporosis. She will also talk about how nutrition and exercise together affects bone health.

Susan I. Barr, PhD, RDN, FDC, FACSM is Professor of Nutrition at UBC. Her research interests focus on the perception of constantly limiting food intake, termed cognitive dietary restraint. Dr. Barr will share her research findings showing that young women with unhealthy eating attitudes tend to experience hormonal and menstrual disturbances, leading to bone loss. In addition to implications for fertility, she also found that women with negative eating attitudes have slightly higher blood pressure.
Dr. Barr also has an interest in dietary policy. She was involved in the development of the Dietary Reference Intakes (nutrient reference standards for Canada and the United States), and has also been a member of Health Canada committees working on revision of Canada’s Food Guide and on dietary sodium reduction.
She completed her undergraduate degree at UBC, and obtained her PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.
For more detailed biography and publication of Dr. Susan Barr,

CIHR Funded Experts:

Dr. Jerilynn Prior (MD, FRCPC)

Professor of Endocrinology, UBC, VCH Research Institute

Director, Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research

BC Centre Director, Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study

Dr. Susan Barr (PhD, RD)

Professor, Food Nutrition and Health, UBC


Mavis Dixon
Manager, Health Projects & Engagement, Ayogo Health

Mavis Dixon is the co-author of The Ayogo Model, which blends the power of game & behavioural psychology, patient-centered health narrative and business process design.  A certified PM with a background     in social media and marketing strategy, business development and sponsorship, Mavis’s work has impacted the lives of millions of Canadians.

At Ayogo Health she engages patient communities and health industry partners in solving the challenge of treatment adherence for chronic health conditions.  She writes on Patient Engagement and moderates the Patient Engagement group on LinkedIn. She is a founding member of the CeMCOR Community Advisory Board.


Register for the event!This free event includes:

  • Panel discussions
  • Face to Face Q & A
  • Refreshments
  • Networking opportunities

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