6th Annual Vivian W. Pinn Symposium

Date and Time

– May 12, 2022, 05:00 PM EDT

Virtual only.

Event Information

The 6th Annual Vivian W. Pinn Symposium honors the first full-time director of ORWH, Dr. Vivian Pinn, and is held during National Women’s Health Week. The title of this year’s symposium is “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Careers of Women Scientists."





Videocast Link: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=45120


2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks

Xenia Tigno, Ph.D. (Emcee)
Associate Director for Careers
NIH Office of Research on Women's Health

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO
Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Tara Schwetz, Ph.D.
Acting Principal Deputy Director, NIH

2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.


Keynote Address: “Promoting Equity for Women in Medicine: Seizing a Disruptive Opportunity”

Introduction: Xenia Tigno, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Careers, NIH
Office of Research on Women’s Health

The keynote will address the nature and causes of gender inequity in academic medicine—such as unconscious biases, gendered expectations of society, and harassment—and how the pandemic has exacerbated these challenges. It will highlight how the pandemic can provide a disruptive opportunity to implement interventions to promote equity in a “new normal.”

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil. 
Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine 
University of Michigan

3:20 p.m.–4:15 p.m.


Panel Discussion of Keynote: “Challenges Faced by Women in STEMM During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Panelists will discuss lessons learned in the recent past, such as interventions to cope with increased family caregiving demands.

Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.
Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH

Sonia Flores, Ph.D.  
Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity and Justice in the Department of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Michael Lauer, M.D. 
Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH



4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.The Sex, Gender & Intersectionality (SG&I) Innovations CollaborativeJamie White, M.S.
Health Science Strategy and Relations Lead
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

4:30 p.m.–4:40 p.m.



Remarks by Dr. Vivian W. Pinn

Introduction by 
Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN
Senior Research Program Officer
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.
Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Founding Director (Retired), NIH Office of Research of Women’s Health


4:40 p.m.–4:45 p.m.