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Women’s Health Research Day 2016

2016 WHRD Poster 1On Wednesday, April 20, the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health hosted our 3rd Annual UIC Women’s Health Research Day to promote networking among faculty and students conducting women’s health research and sex/gender-based science, and to disseminate recent findings within these areas.  This year’s theme, “Every Cell has a Sex,” aligned with the National Institutes of Health’s priority to examine sex differences in all types of health research, particularly basic science. The event attracted over 100 faculty, students, and researchers from across campus and beyond, and 38 students, fellows, faculty, and staff presented posters.

As part of our theme, the event highlighted three “data blitz” presentations: Dr. Joanna Burdette from the College of Pharmacy discussed her lab’s work in examining the origins of ovarian cancer, Dr. Kirstie Danielson from the College of Medicine spoke about the bidirectional association between diabetes and bone and sex-based differences in islet transplantation, and abstract winner, Elisa Hilderbrand, doctoral candidate in the Department of Neuroscience, presented on her work examining the role of estrogen receptors as a modulator of ethanol reward in female mice.

The event featured keynote speaker, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Woodruff is internationally recognized for her work in ovarian biology and coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. Her engaging presentation focused on the importance of examining and reporting sex differences in all types of health research, whether the research takes place in the laboratory, clinic, or community.

In addition to our speakers, several attendees showcased their research and the importance of women’s health and sex/gender-based health research through our poster competition. Dr. Joan Briller from the College of Medicine and Dr. Angela Russo from the College of Pharmacy received top awards for best poster in the faculty, fellows and staff category. Karina Romo, an undergraduate student from Liberal Arts and Sciences won top prize in the student poster competition, and Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, graduate student in the College of Pharmacy, received the second place award. Additionally, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) sponsored a Multidisciplinary Team Science Prize, awarded to Dr. Susan Magasi from the College of Applied Health Sciences.

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The event would not have been successful without the contributions of our many co-sponsors: UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Pharmacy, UIC School of Public Health, UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program.


Register now for our 3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day!

3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day

 

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program is pleased to announce UIC’s 3rd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance the understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Registration: Advance registration required. Visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd2016 to register.

Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:30 am:  Networking & Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:30 am:  Poster Presentations
10:30-11:00 am:  Oral “Data Blitz” Presentations by:

  • Joanna Burdette, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC College of Pharmacy
  • Kirstie Danielson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UIC College of Medicine
  • Abstract winner: Elisa Hilderbrand, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience Program, UIC Graduate College

11:00 am-12:00 pm:  Keynote Lecture: “Every Cell has a Sex” by Teresa Woodruff, PhD

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Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Director, Women’s Health Research Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.  She founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engages girls in basic and medical sciences, and developed the concept for a National Physicians Cooperative in Oncofertility (NPC) in order to link medical practices interested in fertility preservation protocols. Dr. Woodruff also serves as the founding director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, which has as its mission ‘science to care’ and ensuring that sex and gender are part of the research mission.  Because of her work in inclusion, she was recently interviewed by Leslie Stahl and was highlighted on a 60 Minutes report and has written extensively on inclusion of sex and gender in science and medicine (PNAS, Nature). She was named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the World’s Most Influential People as the only scientist on the list and was voted 112th. Dr. Woodruff was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in an oval office ceremony (2011) and her other awards include the Beacon Award from Frontiers in Reproduction (2013), the Women in Science Award from the Weitzman Institute (2012), and an Alumni Association Merit Award from Northwestern (2012). In addition to her academic stewardship, she also served as the President of the Endocrine Society from 2013-2014. Dr. Woodruff leads a large group of scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, visiting scholars and technicians who together make up the Woodruff Lab.  Members of the lab are making important breakthroughs in follicle biology, oocyte quality and translating this work to patients.

Questions?

For more information about Women’s Health Research Day, please contact Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu or 312.413.4251.

Co-sponsors:
UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Pharmacy, UIC School of Public Health, UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science


Breast Health Equity: Coast to Midcoast Academic-Community Partnerships

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UI CANCER CENTER PHBO PROGRAM SEMINAR

Yamile Molina, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Community Health Sciences and Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender will present at the UI Cancer Center PHBO Program Seminar

 Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Room 461 IHRP, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road.

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CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois

In July 2015, CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois for the Southern Seven Coalition for Women’s Health Annual Luncheon. Staff from the CRWG have been collaborating with the local health department and health and community organizations such as churches since 2007 to implement and research health promotion initiatives in the region. During the visit, CRWG staff shared preliminary research findings with more than 60  attendees and also recognized community partners. S7---2015-Annual-luncheon

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Dr. Sebalda Leshabari from Tanzania visited the CRWG

DLeslie_Dr Leshabarir. Sebalda Leshabari, Dean of the College of Nursing at Muhimbili University of Health at Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania visited the Center for Research on Women and Gender in July 2015. Dr. Leshabari served as a co-investigator with Dr. Stacie Geller and Leslie Carnahan on a grant exploring maternal health needs in urban Tanzania.


Women’s Health Research Day Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Abstract and Poster winners!  Thank you everyone for your participation.

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Abstract Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Kiran Malhotra

Graduate Student:  Pooja Solanski

Poster Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Safia Farid for “Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Markers Following Islet Cell Transplantation in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes”

Graduate Student: Vida Henderson for “Understanding Factors Associated with Postpartum Visit Attendance and Contraception Choices”

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Laura Laursen for “Perspectives on long acting reversible contraception in school based health centers”


2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Day Call for Abstracts

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) program and other local groups, sponsors our 2nd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Call for Abstracts (Abstract deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015): Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex differences research. For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/5481083. The top two abstracts will be invited to present 15-minute oral presentations. Cash prizes will be awarded for top abstracts and top posters.

Keynote Lecture: “Women Living with HIV,” featuring Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH,Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS,University of California, San Francisco

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS Clinic (“Ward 86”) at San Francisco General Hospital. Past research efforts focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women through the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multisite, prospective cohort study established in 1994 to study the natural history, clinical and laboratory findings of HIV in women. Currently, she is investigating low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair samples. Dr. Gandhi also leads multiple HIV education and mentorship programs at UCSF. She is the principal investigator of an R24 mentoring grant from the NIH focused on nurturing early career investigators of diversity in HIV research and the Associate Director for the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Mentoring Program.

Registration: Advance registration required. Registration coming soon!

For more information, please contact Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu or 312.413.4251.


Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s paper inspires Society of American Archaeology to implement sexual harassment initiatives

The President of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) sent an email to their entire membership about the sexual harassment initiatives that were inspired by the SAFE study written by former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford and colleagues:

Here is an excerpt from the email:

“…SAA initiated three actions. First, The Board of Directors directed the Ethics Committee to consider sexual harassment of all kinds in the current revisions to the SAA ethics principles. This review is underway. Second, the Board of Directors passed a motion requiring organizations sponsoring SAA fieldschool scholarships to have written policies and procedures relating the sexual harassment. All such scholarships now have these stipulations. Third, as a sponsoring organization, SAA requested that the Register of Professional Archaeologists issue a statement regarding a RPA’s obligations with regards to eliminating sexual harassment in archaeological settings. I am pleased to announce that the Register has completed its statement, which is included below. The President and Board will keep you posted as the Ethics Committee works on this, and other matters come to fruition later this year.”


CRWG Director Presents on Global Maternal Health Research

On January 14, 2015, CRWG Director Stacie Geller presented her research at UIC’s sixth Campus Insights presentation. This year’s theme was UIC: Research and Innovation on a Global Scale. The presentations used the art of imagery and words to provide insights into the purpose of research at UIC: to apply new knowledge to the real world and make a difference. Dr. Geller’s presentation was captured on video, and is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZew2we5ut0&list=PLmq5H6mJIf-JhHDP4FrOsQndCu8hIQJQk&index=6