Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Annual Meeting

Date and Time

– December 13, 2021, 03:00 PM EST

Virtual only

Event Information

The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Annual Meeting will include the following: 

  • 5th Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lectureship
    • “Bias Is a Habit We Must All Work Hard to Break”
    • Molly L. Carnes, M.D., M.S.
  • Legacy of Leadership Lecture 
    • Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A.
  • BIRCWH Scholar Presentations
  • Live Q&A session

The e-poster session for the BIRCWH Scholar abstracts will occur in the afternoon and will be accessible to registered meeting attendees through the virtual meeting platform.

BIRCWH is an institutional mentored career-development program designed to connect junior faculty, known as BIRCWH Scholars, to senior faculty mentors with shared interest in women’s health and sex differences research. More information about BIRCWH can be found here.


BIRCWH Poster Abstracts






8:00 a.m. ET

Online Access Open and Networking




10:00–10:15 a.m.

Welcome from ORWH


Janine A. Clayton, M.D., FARVO
Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, NIH Director, ORWH, NIH

Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN
Senior Research Program Officer, ORWH
Program Officer, BIRCWH


10:15 a.m.


Introduction of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture


Janine A. Clayton, M.D., FARVO

10:15–11:00 a.m.

2021 Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture

Molly L. Carnes, M.D., M.S.
Virginia Valian Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director, Center for Women’s Health Research
Co-Director, Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)
University of Wisconsin–Madison


11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.



Virtual Podium Session—BIRCWH Scholar Abstracts
Introduction to Virtual Podium Sessions


Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN—moderator


11:00–11:15 a.m.



Global Lipidomics Identifies Novel Circulating Markers of CVD Risk in African American and Caucasian Women


Judith Simcox, Ph.D. (presenting author), Raghav Jain, Chris Coe, Camille King, Kristen Malecki, Andy Bersh, Carol Ryff

Program PI: Elizabeth S. Burnside, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
University of Wisconsin–Madison BIRCWH

11:15–11:30 a.m.

Gender-Based Differences in Prehospital Care for Suspected Stroke

Layne Dylla, M.D. (presenting author), John D. Rice, Paco S. Herson, Sharon N. Poisson, Adit A. Ginde

Program PI: Judith Regensteiner, Ph.D.
University of Colorado BIRCWH


11:30–11:45 a.m.

Ubiquitination of Zika Virus Envelope Protein Promotes Embryonic Damage


Maria I. Giraldo, Ph.D. (presenting author), Maria Gonzalez-Orozco, Scott Weaver, Pei-Yong Shi, Ricardo Rajsbaum

Program PI: Abbey B. Berenson, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Medical Branch BIRCWH


11:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Live Q&A Panel


12:05–12:10 p.m.

Introduction of Legacy of Leadership Lecture

Xenia Tigno, Ph.D., M.S. (Epi)
Associate Director for Careers, ORWH


12:10–12:55 p.m.

2021 BIRCWH Legacy of Leadership Lecture

Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A.
President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation


12:55–1:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary Comments

Xenia Tigno, Ph.D., M.S. (Epi)

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


1:30–3:00 p.m.

Virtual BIRCWH Poster Sessions
Accessible to registered meeting attendees through the virtual meeting platform.


Please visit for information on BIRCWH and to view program abstracts (found under “Related Resources”).

2021 BIRCWH Posters

All of the BIRCWH posters are listed by lead author and clustered in categories.


  • P-1: Amanda Artsen
  • P-2: Evie H. Carchman
  • P-3: Jerry S. Zifodya
  • P-4: Megan Paulsen
  • P-5: Rachel H. Bonami
  • P-6: Rebecca Harris
  • P-7: Robin Shoemaker
  • P-8: Jessica Maples-Keller
  • P-9: Maria I. Giraldo


  • P-10: Andreana N. Holowatyj
  • P-11: Linda A. Koehler
  • P-12: Melanie Kornides
  • P-13: Rebecca Myerson
  • P-14: Zhenzhen Zhang


  • P-15: Alisse Hauspurg
  • P-16: Grace Lim
  • P-17: Jamila Minga
  • P-18: Joshua R. Smith
  • P-19: Lindsay R. Standeven
  • P-20: Martha Abshire Saylor
  • P-21: Suzanna L. Attia
  • P-22: Whitney Perry


  • P-23: Ariana Thompson-Lastad
  • P-24: Candice A. Price
  • P-25: Charvonne N. Holliday
  • P-26: Judith Simcox
  • P-27: Laura Kair
  • P-28: Niraj Chavan
  • P-29: Andrew Wiese


  • P-30: Andrea Harriott
  • P-31: Kyoko Konishi
  • P-32: Rachel D. Penrod
  • P-33: Beatriz Penalver Bernabe


  • P-34: Deborah Karasek
  • P-35: Haley Arden Moss
  • P-36: Julia Goodman
  • P-37: Katelyn Holliday
  • P-38: Laura Corlin
  • P-39: Phoutdavone “Noy” Phimphasone-Brady
  • P-40: Yilin Yoshida


  • P-41: Anna K. Knight
  • P-42: Elizabeth Enninga
  • P-43: Emma Fortune Ngufor
  • P-44: Ifeyinwa V. Asiodu
  • P-45: Stephanie A. Roberts


  • P-46: Binu Koirala
  • P-47: Catherine Burrows
  • P-48: Elizabeth Yen
  • P-49: Jacklyn N. Hellwege
  • P-50: Joshua David Bundy
  • P-51: Karen Lawrence
  • P-52: Layne Dylla
  • P-53: Pavitra Kotini-Shah
  • P-54: Sadaf Arefi Milani
  • P-55: Sean Iwamoto
  • P-56: Xiaoying Yu

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations, such as an interpreter, to participate in this meeting should contact Daryl Turner at or 301-402-4319.