Meet Public Scholar, Almira Zhantuyakova

Congratulations to Almira Zhantuyakova on joining the latest cohort of Public Scholars, doctoral students doing collaborative research for the public good.

Almira is investigating the feasibility and awareness of an ovarian cancer prevention strategy called Opportunistic Salpingectomy among Kazakhstani gynecologists. Her research includes a comprehensive epidemiological analysis of gynecologic surgeries and the assessment of attitudes and knowledge among Kazakhstani gynecologic surgeons through an online survey. Kazakhstan, a middle-income country in Central Asia, grapples with ovarian cancer as a significant health challenge, ranking fourth among female cancers in 2019, with a survival rate below 50%.

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The Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) was launched in 2015 to support UBC doctoral students whose research extended beyond the academy, and beyond traditional disciplinary approaches, to have a tangible impact for the public good through collaborative, action-oriented, and/or creative forms of scholarship in their dissertation work. With more than 300 Public Scholars accepted into the program over the last eight years, the program has worked with more than 150 different partners in all societal sectors in more than 40 countries.

View details on the UBC PSI program here.