Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) 2022 Annual Meeting

Date and Time

– November 2, 2022, 04:00 PM EDT

Virtual only.

Event Information

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.

The BIRCWH Annual Meeting is a gathering of senior and junior faculty that provides an opportunity to network and share scientific advances. The meeting will include the 2022 Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture and the 2022 BIRCWH Legacy of Leadership Lecture. A virtual poster gallery highlighting BIRCWH Scholar abstracts will be accessible to meeting registrants through the virtual meeting platform. 

The 2022 BIRCWH abstracts were recently published in the October issue of the Journal of Women's Health. View the BIRCWH Abstracts and the Index

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Time Session
9:00 a.m.

Online Access Open and Networking 
*Abstracts, Posters, and Video presentations will be made available on the Virtual Platform a week before the 2022 Annual Meeting. 

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Welcome from ORWH
  • Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO, Associate Director for Research on Women's Health, NIH; Director, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health
  • Lisa Begg, Dr. P.H., RN, Senior Program Officer, ORWH; Program Officer, BIRCWH
10:15 a.m. Introduction of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture 
  • Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO 
10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 2022 Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture 
  • Katherine E. Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President for Research Integration, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Medicine, Lucius E. Burch Chair, Reproductive Physiology and Family Planning, Vanderbilt University 
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Strategic Initiatives
  • Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN  Moderator
  11:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Reimagining Women in the Bioengineering, Technology, and Data Science Ecosystem – Overview of the WgWBC/ORWH Virtual Summit

  • Holly Moore, Ph.D., Program Officer, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Xenia Tigno, Ph.D., M.S. (Epi), Associate Director for Careers, ORWH 
  11:20 a.m.–11:40 a.m. Updates on the BIRCWH Scholars Innovation Program
  • Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Director, South Carolina and Translational Research Institute, Medical University of South Carolina
  11:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ORWH and NIAMS: Team Leading a New Team Leadership Program
  • Janine Clayton, M.D., FARVO
12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK 
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Podium Session—BIRCWH Scholar Abstracts 
  • Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN  Moderator
  12:30 p.m.–12:45 p.m. Gender Differences in Care Networks of Older Adults with Dementia

Phillip Cantu, Ph.D. (presenting author); Tsai-Chin Cho, M.S.; Mary F. Wyman, Ph.D.; Brooke Helppie-McFall, Ph.D.; and Kristine J. Ajrouch, Ph.D.

  • Program PI: Abbey B. Berenson, M.D., M.M.S., Ph.D, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  12:45 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Factors Associated with Postpartum Initiation of Anti-Hypertensive Medications Following Hospital Discharge

Alisse Hauspurg, M.D. (presenting author); Kripa Venkatakrishnan, M.P.H.; Latima Collins, M.D.; Malamo Countouris, M.D.; Beth Quinn, RN; Lara Lemon, Ph.D., PharmD; and Hyagriv Simhan, M.D.

  • Program PI: Yoel Sadovsky, M.D., Magee-Womens Research Institute
  1:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease with Prediabetes and Undiagnosed Diabetes in Women Compared to Men

Yilin Yoshida (presenting author); Zhipeng Chen, Robin L. Baudier, Marie Krousel-Wood, Amanda H. Anderson, Vivian A. Fonseca, and Franck Mauvais-Jarvis

  • Program PI: M.A. Tonette Krousel-Wood, M.D., M.S.P.H., Tulane University
  1:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. General Q& A with Podium Speakers 
  • Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN Moderator 
1:30 p.m.–1:35 p.m. Introduction of Legacy of Leadership Lecture 
  • Xenia Tigno, Ph.D., M.S. (Epi)
1:35 p.m.–2:15 p.m. 2022 BIRCWH Legacy of Leadership Lecture 
  • Judith A. James, M.D., Ph.D., Lou C. Kerr Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research, Associate Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Science, George Lynn Cross Professor of Research, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center; Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Member and Program Chair, Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
2:15 p.m. Closing Plenary Comments 
  • Xenia Tigno, Ph.D., M.S. (Epi) 
2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. BREAK 
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Open for all: BIRCWH Poster Session 
Headshot of Katherine Hartmann

Katherine E. Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Research Integration
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology & Medicine
Lucius E. Burch Chair, Reproductive Physiology & Family Planning
Vanderbilt University

Headshot of Judith James, M.D., Ph.D.

Judith A. James, M.D., Ph.D.
Lou C. Kerr Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research
Member and Program Chair, Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program 
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Associate Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Science
Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pathology
Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center