McMaster University


McMaster University



About Dr. May Cohen

A force for positive change in women's health, May Cohen graduated at the top of her class in 1955 and after a 20 year career as a family physician in Toronto, Dr. Cohen joined McMaster University , Department of Medicine in 1977. While at McMaster, Dr. Cohen was Associate Dean, Health Services from 1991 to 1996 and the founding Chair of the Women's Health Office in 1991 until her retirement in 1998. Dr. Cohen has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and her legacy at McMaster continues through the Eli Lilly Canada/ May Cohen Chair in Women's Health, currently held by Dr. Shannon Bates, Professor in the Department of Medicine, McMaster University.

We congratulate Dr. Cohen on her induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2016.

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May Cohen Lecture In Women's Health


Fall/Winter 2017-18 - Information to follow


Past Lectures


November 26, 2016

Women`s Health Research: Why Should We Care?

Abstract: Biological and gender-related differences mean that being a woman has an important impact on health. However, the health needs of women, apart from reproductive concerns, have historically been downplayed in medical research. More recently, advances in science, technology and advocacy have increased interest in this area, although progress remains slow. In her presentation, Dr. Bates will review how a lack of sex/gender-based research impairs women's health, barriers to this type of analysis, and recent changes that have enhanced opportunities in women's health research.

Presented by Dr. Shannon Bates


November 7, 2011 - view flyer

A Feminist Critical Approach Reveals 9 Hidden Obstacles to Ethical Behaviour and Decision making in Health Care.

Presented by Dr. Chloe G. Atkins




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