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Scientific Seminars, Symposia, & Workshops

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ORWH supports conferences and workshops at NIH that highlight research on women’s health and sex differences. Through its partnerships with NIH ICs and offices, other Federal agencies, and extramural organizations, ORWH coordinates opportunities for collaboration and exploring emerging scientific concepts and technologies.

Pre-conference Workshop:
The Health of Women of Color: A Critical Intersection at the Corner of Sex/Gender and Race/Ethnicity

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Conference Theatre, Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.

In advance of “Women’s Health 2015: The 23rd Annual Congress,” the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health invites you to attend this exciting and informative pre-conference workshop. It is important for investigators and clinicians to consider sex/gender and race/ethnicity in the context of many research questions and to explore how the intersection of these factors can affect disease risk and/or therapeutic response. People of color are predicted to make up 53.4 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, and as data in the recently released Women of Color Health Data Book (4th edition) illustrate, disturbing racial/ethnic health disparities exist in multiple areas between populations of women across different stages of the lifespan. This topic is relevant to human health on a global scale. This workshop highlights NIH research focused on health disparities in major areas of women’s health, and will address a breadth of health disparities in oncology, cardiovascular disease, mental health, HIV, and disability.

Learn more and view the agenda here. This NIH event is free and open to the public. Registration for the Congress is not required to attend this pre-conference workshop. Event pending HHS conference approval. Related: New! Check out the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health’s Women of Color Health Information Collection, including the new Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition 2014.

National Women’s Health Week Panel Event

Meet the Faces of Clinical Research: Beyond Inclusion
Thursday, May 14, 2015
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater, Clinical Center (Building 10)
NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, along with the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, invites you to attend an interactive and engaging panel discussion during National Women’s Health Week — Meet the Faces of Clinical Research: Beyond Inclusion. While we celebrate and recognize the importance of women and diversity in clinical research and the far reaching impact of research, you’ll hear from people who have participated in clinical research and the professionals that support them and our health advances. Find out what’s it like to be involved in a study; learn about the ethical issues and protections surrounding participation; and discover the support, triumphs, and challenges that surround this critical enterprise.

NIH Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Symposium

On November 6, 2014, the 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Symposium focused on “Sex Differences Methodology and Reporting: Essentials for High-Impact Health Research.” The keynote was delivered by Dr. David Page of MIT’s Whitehead Institute — a well-known champion of why sex is an important consideration in biomedical research design from cells to selves. In addition, the symposium featured the latest research findings and approaches from the Office of Research on Women’s Health’s longstanding interdisciplinary research programs coordinated with NIH Institutes and Centers: the Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health and the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. The SCOR program is also supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. View Agenda or Watch (recorded).

Workshop: Methods and Techniques for Integrating the Biological Variable Sex in Preclinical Research

One of the fundamental variables in preclinical biomedical research is sex: whether a cell, tissue, or animal is female or male. Biological sex is an important consideration for this research that underlies drug development, clinical trials, and prevention approaches. Held on October 20, 2014, learn how to incorporate sex to strengthen scientific design from leaders in the field through this recorded full-day meeting hosted by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. Follow the conversation using #SexinScience, and view the agenda and presentation slides and watch recorded sessions.

Sex Differences in Neuroscience: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives

Does sex matter for research and health? Explore perspectives on the role of sex and gender in the brain and beyond with this scientific symposium highlighting National Women’s Health Week 2014. Watch the videocast.

Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling: Research Symposium

This trans-HHS research symposium reviewed the current body of evidence on screening and counseling research for intimate partner violence in primary health settings. Participating agencies, in addition to the NIH were: Administration on Aging, Administration on Children’s & Families, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, from HHS, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Office of Women’s Health. The symposium was held in December 2013. View agenda. View Resources. Watch the videocast.

Women’s Health Seminar Series

Experts present their research on women’s health and sex differences. Past series have included clinical research and inclusion; innovations in reproductive technologies; sex differences and pain research; social media and the NIH mission; and environmental exposures and women’s health.

Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series: Distinguished Women Scientists at NIH

Sponsored by ORWH and the NIH Women Scientist Advisors Committee, this lecture series highlights outstanding research achievements of women scientists at NIH. The series is dedicated to Anita Roberts, former chief of the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis and honors her role as an exceptional mentor and scientist.

Beyond the Fig Leaf: The Science of Sex and Gender Differences

This seminar was a concurrent session presented at the 2012 NIH Research Festival. Speakers addressed aspects of sex and gender factors in health and disease from the development of biomedical devices and therapeutics, to the personalization of treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Women’s Health Scientific Interest Group Lecture Series

Sponsored by ORWH and organized by the NIH Intramural Program on Research on Women’s Health, the Women’s Health Scientific Interest Group (WHSIG) is a forum for researchers across NIH to collaborate and learn about sex and gender differences that are relevant to molecular, cellular, genetic, and developmental processes.

Trauma Spectrum Conferences

These conferences are a trans-Federal collaboration of Department of Defense, HHS and the Veterans’ Administration. The ORWH with NIH Institutes, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other Federal partners collaborate to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice of psychological health and traumatic brain injury for military service members and Veterans. These resources are available from the 2011 conference: A videocast of Day 1 (focus on TBI), a videocast of Day 2 (focus on PTSD) and a Trauma Spectrum Conference information packet.

Association for Women in Science Seminar Series

ORWH has supported a seminar series for the Association for Women in Science, Bethesda, MD, chapter, addressing topics of interest to early career investigators, such as mentors and mentoring.

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This page last reviewed on April 9, 2015

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