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Audience at the 2022 Connors Center Annual Research Symposium
Dr. Hadine Joffe delivering opening remarks
Dr. Daniel Grossman presenting the Keynote Address
Session 1 Speakers (from left to right) - Dr. Rajae Talbi, Dr. Wendy Wang, Dr. Emily Oken
Session 2 Speakers (from left to right) - Dr. Katherine Burdick, Dr. Vesela Kovacheva
Session 2 Speaker Dr. Steffanie Wright
Dr. Annie Lewis-O'Connor introducing the Lisa L. Leiden Fund for Research in Women's Health Excellence

11/29/22: The Connors Center Annual Research Symposium

The 2022 Connors Center Annual Research Symposium was held at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday, November 29th in conjunction with the Brigham/Harvard Reproductive Outcomes of Stress & Aging (ROSA) Center, an NIH Specialized Center of Research Excellence on Sex…

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12/12/22- ROSA Center Seminar: “Eicosanoids As Immune-Inflammatory Mediators of Sex Differences in Health and in Disease”

Monday, December 12, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required

View the Recording Here

Eicosanoids As Immune-Inflammatory Mediators of Sex Differences in Health and in Disease

Susan Cheng, MD, MMSc, MPH

Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Population Science

Director of the Institute for Research on Healthy Aging  Director of Public Health Research in the Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai

Emily Lau, MD, MPH

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Director of Research, MGH Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program

 

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11/9/22- ROSA Center Seminar: “Genetic links between hot flashes and psychiatric disorders suggest new opportunities for treatment and shared mechanistic pathways”

Wednesday, November 9, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required

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Genetic links between hot flashes and psychiatric disorders suggest new opportunities for treatment and shared mechanistic pathways

Laramie Duncan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Director, Integrative Mental Health Lab

Dr. Duncan’s work is at the intersection of psychology, statistical genetics, and neuroscience.   Her group uses massive datasets and primarily computational approaches to identify mechanisms contributing to mental health problems like schizophrenia, depression, and PTSD.  Current projects include 1) translation of schizophrenia genetic risk variants into biological mechanisms; 2) the role of sex hormones in psychiatric disorders including novel discoveries about shared genetic influences on menopause symptoms and psychiatric disorders, and 3) human postmortem brain tissue studies of genetics-identified targets; 4) cross-disorder and trans-ancestry analyses of psychiatric disorders.

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10/24/22- ROSA Center Seminar: “Gender/Sex Differences in Sleep: A Model for Precision Medicine”

Monday, October 24, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required

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Gender/Sex Differences in Sleep: A Model for Precision Medicine

Susan Redline, MD, MPH

Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine,

Harvard Medical School

Professor of Epidemiology,

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Director of the Programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology,

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Redline has led epidemiological studies and clinical trials designed to 1) elucidate the etiologies of sleep disorders in both adults and children, including the role of genetic and early life developmental factors; and 2) understand the cardiovascular and other health outcomes of sleep disorders and the role of sleep interventions in improving health and well-being. She leads the Sleep Reading Center for a number of major multicenter studies and founded and co-directs the National Sleep Research Resource, an international sleep data sharing repository that has made research sleep data easily searchable and accessible, supporting community access to data and to a suite of open source tools. She also supports a sleep apnea patient-focused virtual community and works actively with patient advocates to improve patient education and support. She has co-authored over 650 manuscripts and has served the sleep medicine community in many ways, including as a past Board member of the Sleep Research Society and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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09/14/22- ROSA Center Seminar: “Get out of your own way and get things done – strategies for success in academic medicine”

Wednesday, September 14, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required

View the recording here.

Get out of your own way and get things done – strategies for success in academic medicine

 

Emily Oken, MD, MPH

Alice Hamilton Professor and Vice Chair

Director of Faculty Development

Director, Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse

Department of Population Medicine

Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Oken is a physician trained in internal medicine and pediatrics recognized for her leadership of a large NIH-funded portfolio of life course research; of educational programs in clinical epidemiology and population health; of an academic division focused on chronic disease prevention; and of national and international efforts to improve maternal and child health.  She is Principal Investigator of Project Viva, a groundbreaking US pre-birth cohort study that has followed pregnant women and their children since 1999.  She has served on national and international committees to develop nutrition guidelines.  She has been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

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07/20/22- ROSA Center Seminar: “Bioenergetic Consequences of the Loss of Ovarian Function”

Wednesday, July 20, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required

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Bioenergetic Consequences of the Loss of Ovarian Function

Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Nancy Anschutz Chair In Women’s Health Research

Acting Director, Eastern Colorado VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center

Associate Director, Center for Women’s Health Research

Associate Director, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Wendy Kohrt, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Nancy Anschutz Chair in Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has received continuous funding from the NIH as a principal investigator since 1990 and has more than 260 research publications. Dr. Kohrt is the Director of the Colorado Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health.

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06/06/22- ROSA Center Seminar: “Addressing the impact of Reproductive Aging in Aging Studies: Lessons from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN)”

Monday, June 06, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required

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Addressing the impact of Reproductive Aging in Aging Studies:

Lessons from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN)

Siobán D. Harlow, PhD

Professor Emerita of Epidemiology and Global Public Health

Professor Emerita of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director, Center for Midlife Science

Editor-in-Chief Women’s Midlife Health 

Siobán D. Harlow, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Epidemiology and Global Public Health in the School of Public Health and of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan where she also serves as Director of the Center for Midlife Science. Her research focuses on understanding patterns of menstrual function and gynecological morbidity across the lifespan, including leadership in studies of the natural history of ovarian aging, development of a staging system for reproductive aging, and studies of the interface between ovarian aging and chronic disease. Internationally, she has worked extensively on the impact of global trade and export production on women’s and children’s health and on the health impacts of gender based violence, most recently focusing on conflict-related gender based violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2017-2018.

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5/26/22 – ROSA Center Seminar: “Sex determinants of obesity and metabolic dysregulation” (Karen Reue, PhD)

Thursday, May 26, 2022   |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Virtual   |   Registration Required View Recording Here Sex determinants of obesity and metabolic dysregulation   Presenter: Karen Reue, PhD Professor and Vice Chair, Human Genetics Associate Director, UCLA/Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program David…

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