All abstracts to WCHRI Research Day must align with the following relevance criteria to be eligible for posting on our website and presentation at Research Day.  

To establish relevance, all abstracts must clearly address the following:

  • The research question must specifically target improving outcomes for women and/or children through health research*.
  • The primary research question must address the unique and distinct health needs of women and/or children. For example:
    • Stating that a particular disease or risk factor is higher in women or in children is not sufficient rationale; the study must explore why prevalence is higher in women or children.
    • If a study is exploring sex/gender comparisons, the comparison must be embedded as the primary research question, not as a secondary outcome.
  • Methodology must clearly demonstrate direct applicability to women and/or children’s health outcomes. The applicant must provide rationale for their chosen research model, including factors such as sex and age.

The above items are some common considerations; alternative or additional factors may need to be included.


*We use a broad and inclusive definition of women’s health research, incorporating both sex as a biological variable and gender as a social variable, across the life course. We include people assigned female at birth, all people who identify as women (cis and trans inclusive), as well as gender diverse individuals who do not identify as women but who share health challenges in common with women. (from CIHR IGH, 2024)