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12/6/21 – Connors Center Annual Research Showcase

Sex, Gender, and Race:
Intentional Inclusion of Representative Populations in Medical Research

Annual Research Showcase of the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
co-Sponsored by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Diversity & Inclusion

December 6, 2021, 3:00 – 5:00pm, virtual

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Keynote Address:

“Lupus disproportionally affects women and marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the US: Why, and what can we do about it?”
Karen Costenbader, MD MPH
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Michael E. Weinblatt, MD Distinguished Chair in Rheumatology
Division of Rheumatology, Inflammation and Immunity
Lupus Program Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Additional Speakers:

“Sex- and Gender-Informed Medicine: Research, Clinical Practice, and Population Health – Implementing a new Harvard Medical School course”
Deborah Bartz, MD MPH

“Unrecognized barriers to inclusion within research – next steps for addressing disparities”
Cindy Liu, PhD

“Clinical trial participant representation across the US and within Mass General Brigham”
Alexandra Sosinsky, MSc and Aleta Wiley, MPH MSc

Brief Research Presentations:

“Drivers and trends of caesarean section usage in sub Saharan Africa”
Isioma Okolo, MBChB, MRCOG, DTMH

“Sex differences in the effect of sleep interruption on metabolic and behavioral biomarkers of weight gain”
Shadab Rahman, PhD MPH

“Longitudinal associations of psychosocial stressors with menopausal symptoms and well-being among women in midlife”
Sabrina Faleschini, PhD

“Cognitive variance in postmenopausal women with major depression: Roles of GABAergic function and brain structure”
Pamela Mahon, PhD

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