Northwestern Medicine Celebrates National Women's Health Week
By Kara SpakWomen's Health April 17, 2015
From dermatology to cardiology, neurology to gastroenterology, research that accounts for sex differences between men and women translates every day into higher quality, specialized patient care at Northwestern Medicine.
The Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University, at the forefront nationally of investigating sex differences in research, is celebrating National Women’s Health Week on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 with events focusing on women’s research and clinical care issues across a wide spectrum of specialties. Registration is free and attendees are welcome to attend the entire day or one session. Last year’s event drew more than 300 people.
“This is a time of breakthroughs for researchers focusing on the differences between men and women in areas beyond reproductive health, and how sex can factor into everything from drug interactions to how some chronic diseases and conditions can present themselves differently in men and women,” said Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University and the chief, division of obstetrics and gynecology-fertility preservation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “We’re excited to present the latest research focusing on women in a wide range of disciplines, and we guarantee there will be something of interest for everyone.”
Speakers include leaders at Northwestern Medicine in Women’s Health, including:
- Marla Mendelson, MD, Program for Women’s Cardiovascular Health
- Elizabeth Gerard, MD, The Women’s Neurology Center
- Emily Miller, MD, Asher Center for the Study & Treatment of Depressive Disorders
- Laurie Keefer, PhD, Northwestern GI Behavioral Medicine
- Bethanee Scholosser, MD, Women’s Skin Health Program
- Kimberly Kenton, MD, and Maggie Mueller, MD, Integrated Pelvic Health Program
- Sarah Sutton, MD, Women’s HIV Program*
- Christine Hsieh, MD, and Monique Hinchcliff, MD, Rheumatology speaking on lupus and scleroderma
Jayne Danska, PhD, from the University of Toronto’s departments of immunology and medical biophysics will present the keynote address on "Ménage à Trois: Control of Autoimmune Diseases by Genes, Sex, and Microbes."
The event also features an expo including exhibits on health services, community resources for women and scientific posters on the latest research projects on women’s health.
The National Women’s Health Week Celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the 3rd floor conference center of Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior St., Chicago. The program is free but registration is required.
The Women’s Health Research Institute has as its mission “science to care” and ensuring that sex and gender are part of research across the spectrum of disciplines, not only ones involving reproductive health. The institute works to ensure all research studies, including basic science, translation and clinical studies, are designed to include sex and gender variables; to enroll more women in studies; and to change federal policy to guarantee research on all levels is sex inclusive.