Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) 2023 Annual Meeting

Date and Time

– December 5, 2023, 05:00 PM EST

NIH Main Campus, Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium

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 2023 Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture by Karen M. Freund, M.D., M.P.H, and the 2023 Legacy of Leadership Lecture by Lindsey A. Criswell, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc.

Sign language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Dr. Mavreen Tuvilla at BIRCWHprogram@nih.gov or 301-496-8974. Requests should be made at least five business days before the event.

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Speakers

Karen M. Freund
Karen M. Freund, M.D., M.P.H.
Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture Speaker
Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Sheldon M. Wolff Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Harry and Elsa Jiler Clinical Research Professor, American Cancer Society

Lindsay A. Criswell
Lindsay A. Criswell, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc
Legacy of Leadership Lecture Speaker
Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Head, Genomics of Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Section, Medical Genetics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Agenda
TimeSession
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration & Networking
8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Welcome from ORWH

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO

NIH Associate Director for Women's Health Research

Director, Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN

Senior Research Program Officer, ORWH Program Officer, BIRCWH Program

8:20 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.
Introduction of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lecture

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO

8:25 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Keynote Address:

Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lectureship

Karen M. Freund, M.D., M.P.H., Tufts University

Physician-In-Chief, Tufts Medical Center

Sheldon M. Wolff Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine

Harry and Elsa Jiler Clinical Research Professor, American Cancer Society

9:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction of the 2023 BIRCWH Scholars

Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN

9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
2023 BIRCWH Scholars – Podium Presentations

"Establishment of a Multi-Organ Fetal-Maternal Interface Organ-On-Chip to Model Pathology and Conduct Drug Testing"

  • Lauren S. Richardson, Melody Safarzadeh, Ananth K. Kamala, Enkhtuya Radnaa, Mohamed Bettayeb, Angela Mosebarger, Arum Han, Ramkumar Menon

    University of Texas Medical Branch

    PI: Abbey Berenson, M.D., Ph.D., M.M.S.

“Sex Differences in the Management of Dyslipidemia in a Co-hort of Black Americans: Findings from the Jackson Heart Study”  

  • Ana F. Diallo, Sameera Talegawkar, Elvin Price, Paule V. Joseph, Amadou Gaye

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    PIs: Susan G. Kornstein, M.D. and Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D.

"Association Between Structural Racism and Black-White Infant Mortality Rate Disparity in the United States"

  • Sebastian Z. Ramos, Erika F. Werner, Chloe E. Bird, Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Michael B. Siegel

    Tufts University

    PIs: Karen M. Freund, M.D., M.P.H. and Iris Jaffe, M.D., M.P.H.

"Hypertension, Antihypertensive Use, and Uterine Fibroid Diagnosis in Midlife: Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN)"

  • Susanna D. Mitro, Catherine Lee, L. Elaine Waetjen, Lauren A. Wise, Eve Zaritsky, Siobán D. Harlow, Samar R. El Khoudary, Daniel H. Solomon, Nanette Santoro, Rebecca C. Thurston, Monique M. Hedderson

    University of California, San Francisco-Kaiser Permanente

    PIs: Claire D. Brindis, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. and Cynthia Harper, Ph.D.

10:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Break & Networking
11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Introduction to the Legacy of Leadership Lecture

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

Associate Director for Careers, ORWH

11:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Legacy of Leadership Lectureship

Lindsey A. Criswell, M.D., D.Sc., M.P.H.

Director of National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Head, Genomics of Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Section, Medical Genetics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) 

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Closing Remarks for Plenary Session  

Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN 

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.  
BIRCWH PI Photograph 
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  
Lunch & Networking for Meeting Attendees 
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
BIRCWH Scholars - NIH ICO Mentoring  

*Open to current BIRCWH Scholars by sign-up only*   

  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institute on Aging
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute of Mental Health

NIH Office of the Director:

  • Office of Research on Women's Health
  • Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Break
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BIRCWH Abstracts/Posters Discussion & Networking
5:00 p.m.
Meeting Adjourned
Event Venue

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

The William H. Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, is part of the NIH and is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, approximately 5 miles from Washington D.C.

Getting to NIH   |   NIH Campus Access and Security   |   Parking | Shuttle Schedule from local hotels   |   Campus Maps   |   Metro

All visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center (Building 66, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD 20894, located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station on the Red Line at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). Visitors will be required to show one (1) valid form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose and location of their visit (BIRCWH Annual Meeting, Building 45). The campus shuttle pickup is located directly outside of the Gateway Center exit.

Visit the NIH Visitor's Center for more information about the NIH security process, visitor parking, and parking fares.