CIHR awards grant to training program integrating sex, gender, and intersectionality in health research

A team of researchers has been awarded an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The team, led by Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva, Dr. Milos Popovic, and Dr. France Légaré, is set to improve the landscape of health research by integrating sex, gender, and intersectionality into scientific inquiry.

The study is a collaboration of scientists, clinicians, and professionals with a rich history of team projects focusing on sex and gender in knowledge translation. The team recognizes the necessity of incorporating other social determinants of health, acknowledging that integrating sex, gender, and intersectionality is vital to addressing inequities ingrained in healthcare, policies, and societal practices.

Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva, a Scientist at KITE Toronto Rehab University Health Network and an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a cross-appointment at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, focuses her research on the prevention and management of neurological diseases and injuries.

Joining Dr. Mollayeva is Dr. Milos R. Popovic, the Director of The KITE Research Institute at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Popovic’s research in neuromodulation, rehabilitation, and clinical signal processing.

Dr. France Légaré, a renowned family medicine specialist and professor at Laval University, completes the leadership team. Dr. Légaré is known for her work in promoting shared medical decision-making, adding a crucial element of patient-centered care to the study.

The primary objective of the study is to train the next generation of Canadian researchers in incorporating sex, gender, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into their scientific endeavors. To achieve this, the team will develop and deliver a comprehensive five-day training program. This program will equip new scientists with the skills needed to tackle health inequities through inclusive and equitable research methodologies. Delivered in both English and French, the training will ensure accessibility and comfort for all participants, fostering collaborative development of innovative health solutions.

For more information about the grant, please visit the CIHR website: