D. A. Boyes Memorial Research Award

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology launched the D. A. Boyes Memorial Research Award in 2017 in the memory of David Boyes to support research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This grant is for a maximum of $5,000 and is one time only (i.e. non-renewable). The grant competition is designed to provide critical review, with rapid turn-around, and funding for proposals that would not be eligible to receive funding at the national level. Examples would be clinical projects without a basic science component, projects for which there is a hypothesis but no preliminary data, smaller circumscribed projects that are self-limited and cannot be expanded into a 3 year CIHR-type proposal, etc.

It is anticipated that there will be 1 to 2 grants available.   The DA Boyes Memorial Research Awards may be offered in future years depending on availability of funding.

This grant is open to all learners within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  At least one supervisor should be a member of the Department.   Learners should take the opportunity to convene a cross-disciplinary team to ensure they are well supported in all the relevant areas of their project.

Successful applicants will provide an update to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology after 6 months of receiving the funding and at the end of the project. It is expected that the outcomes will be presented at a future DA Boyes Clinical Review meeting.  Funding recipients are asked to acknowledge the support provided by the DA Boyes Memorial award in any communication or publication related to the project. Any funds left unspent after 2 years from the start of the grant are to be returned to the Department.

Applications for the 2024 round are now closed.


2024 – Jalisa Karim (supervisor Dr Gillian Hanley)

Topic: Endometriosis and Treatment Decision-Making in the Context of Pregnancy Planning

Jeffrey Wong (supervisor Dr Deborah Money)

Topic: :Evaluation of the Universal Maternal Syphilis Screen at Delivery: a collaboration with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Karen Jiang (supervisor Dr. Roxana Geoffrion)

Topic: Pelvic organ prolapse or hypercontracted pelvic floor? A case-control study

2023 – Katherine Gray (supervisor Dr. Marianne Vidler)

Topic: Assessing Maternal and Neonatal Outcome of Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes in Tertiary Hospitals in Rwanda

2022 – Dr. Kimberly Stewart (supervisor Dr. Justin McGinnis)
Topic: Evaluating patient adherence, satisfaction and out-of-pocket expense following transition to apixaban for extended post-operative venous thromboembolic prophylaxis after gynecologic oncology surgery: a multidisciplinary quality improvement program

2021 – Drake Lavere (supervisor Dr. Lori Brotto)
Topic: Communication and sexually related outcomes in partners of women with low sexual desire

2020 – Dr. Merry Wong (supervisor Dr. Roxana Geoffrion)
Topic: Cannabis use in women with chronic and myofascial pelvic pain: A Survey

2019 – Dr.  Jessica Liauw
Topic: Navigating the grey zone: Creating a decision aid for antenatal corticosteroids…

Drs. Kate Wahl and Natasha Orr
Topic: The acceptability of a phallus length reducer, Ohnut, for deep dyspareunia: A pilot….

2018 – Drs. Riki Dayan and Justin Tan (supervisor Dr. Gary Nakhuda)
Topic: The effect of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcomes in women undergoing euploid embryo transfer – a pilot study

Dr. Catherine Smith (supervisor Dr. James Brown)
Topic: Postoperative biochemical changes following use of normal saline as a distention medium during operative hysteroscopy: are some patients at greater risk?