MSFHR scholar receives prestigious reproductive health award

29 January 2016

As a researcher and clinician, Dr. Wendy Norman has made a significant impact on the reproductive health of Canadian women.

Her role in advancing contraceptive and abortion services, as well as women’s family planning research, was recognized this month by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute with the prestigious Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. Norman, a 2012 MSFHR Scholar, is the sixth recipient of the biennial prize established to recognize excellence among emerging leaders in sexual and reproductive health research.

“Wendy Norman’s initiative and productivity and the strength of her research exemplify the essence of the Darroch Award,” said Lawrence Finer, Guttmacher director of domestic research, in a press release. “She has built a team of researchers who conduct clinical and social research with direct and important implications for the reproductive health of women across Canada.”

Norman is the founder and director of the Contraception Access Research Team-Groupe de recherche sur l’accessibilité à la contraception (CART-GRAC), a national, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral collaboration. Her research program seeks to develop evidence to support improvements to family planning access, quality of care, and health policy. In October 2014 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada awarded Norman a five-year Chair in Applied Public Health Research for her family planning research program.

Norman is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. In December 2015, she was presented with the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research.

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