Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 10-11 AM | Virtual Register Here The Specialized Centers of Research Excellence on Sex Differences, or SCORE, program is the only NIH cooperative agreement program supporting disease-agnostic research on sex differences. Each center serves as…
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
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.
Monday, October 24, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
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.
Learn more about the upcoming funding opportunities offered by the Connors Center through the end of 2022 and into 2023. Connors Center team members will provide an overview of the programs, requirements, and review followed by the opportunity to ask…
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
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).
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
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.
Monday, June 06, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
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.
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…
Monday, April 25, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
Domino Hypothesis vs. Parallel Symptomatic Outcomes: Investigating Commonly Co-occurring Symptoms of Menopause-related Vasomotor, Sleep and Mood Disturbance
Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc
Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
Paula A. Johnson Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Women’s Health
Executive Vice Chair for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Department of Psychiatry
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Joffe is the Paula A. Johnson Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and the Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology as well as the Executive Vice Chair for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she founded and directs the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program.
As the Director of the Connors Center, she oversees a research program with two main pillars — equity in novel therapeutics and the role of stress on the health of women. She launched the First.In.Women Precision Medicine Platform to ensure that women benefit equally in the development of novel therapeutics. First.In.Women stimulates medical research and partners across the bioscience ecosystem to advance sex-specific and sex-differentiating knowledge in treating diseases that are exclusive, predominate, or differential in women. To advance stress research, she developed the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR) which lay the foundation for the 2020 awarding of the NIH U54 Center grant (Reproductive Outcomes of Stress and Aging) through the SCORE (Specialized Centers of Research Excellence on Sex Differences) mechanism at NIH.
Monday, March 28, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm | Virtual | Registration Required
Neuroendocrine pathways mediating the effects of stress on reproductive function
Ursula Kaiser, MD
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension
George W. Thorn, MD Distinguished Chair in Endocrinology, BWH
Professor of Medicine, HMS
Director of the Brigham Research Institute
Dr. Kaiser has an active research program focused on the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the neuroendocrine regulation of puberty and reproduction. Her research has received continuous NIH support for more than twenty-five years. She also serves as Program Director of the NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program to train junior faculty in women’s health research, and the Principal Investigator of an NIH T32 training grant to train physicians and scientists in academic endocrinology. Dr. Kaiser is also an active clinician, focusing on neuroendocrinology and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Kaiser is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is the recipient of the Ernst Oppenheimer Award and the Sidney H. Ingbar Award of the Endocrine Society and is President-Elect of the Endocrine Society.