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

Date and Time

– December 11, 2019, 05:00 PM EST

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

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Event Information

The conference will provide a forum for young investigators, their mentors, and other research scientists to meet and present their research results and engage in mentoring and networking activities.

Please be sure to register for this exciting conference to hear leaders in the field discuss important topics related to the advancement of women in biomedical careers. Meeting activities include:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein Memorial Lectureship: Judy Regensteiner, Ph.D. 
  • Panel: Next Generation Data Processing and the Future of Women’s Health
  • Abstract Presentations and Poster Session
  • Mentoring Sessions with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Office

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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

All visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center, located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules. For visitors arriving in vehicles, on motorcycles or bicycles, the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Station (Building 66A), provides multiple inspection lanes and allows visitors to go through inspection and get a visitor badge in one centralized, efficient process. Vehicles enter the Gateway Center complex through a new roadway, "NIH Gateway Drive," just south of the intersection of the previous visitor entrance at South Drive and Rockville Pike. Vehicles that choose to bypass parking in MLP-11 will go through inspection and enter campus at Center Drive near the National Library of Medicine. (See Gateway Map)

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

Event Speaker

Judy Regensteiner, Ph.D. 
Professor of Medicine with Tenure, University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Medical Campus
Judith and Joseph Wagner Chair of Women’s Health Research

Dr. Regensteiner's research explores why women with diabetes have even poorer cardiovascular outcomes than men with diabetes. Her work also examines peripheral arterial disease. She has been Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator of large grants to assess exercise capacity and gender differences in type 2 diabetes and the effects of exercise training in people with type 2 diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. She has been an Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program and is currently an Investigator for the National Institutes of Health “Look Ahead” program to reduce poor cardiovascular outcomes in people with diabetes.

Dr. Regensteiner has authored more than 100 research publications in her areas of expertise and has received many honors, including the Department of Medicine’s Ph.D. Teaching and Research Award, along with the CU System-wide Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award. She is a dedicated mentor and serves as PI of the National Institutes of Health “Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health” grant, which provides training and mentorship for promising junior faculty members pursuing research careers. Other activities include Dr. Regensteiner’s participation as a committee chair for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, formed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt in 2008. She is a national and international speaker. Most recently, she participated as co-chair in two strategic planning meetings for the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health. The results of these meetings will help direct the research agenda for ORWH for the next 10 years.

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require a reasonable accommodation (including sign-language interpreter or lactation room), please contact Dana Simms at and/or through the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).