3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day
Save the Date & 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 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program and other local groups, is pleased to sponsor 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.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago
Call for Abstracts: Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex/gender differences research. Monetary prizes will be awarded for top posters. Additionally, a multidisciplinary team science prize, sponsored by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, will be awarded to the presenter of the top clinical-translational science poster. Abstracts are due on Monday, March 21, 2016.
This year’s theme is “Every Cell Has a Sex.” Up to two abstracts that best exemplify this theme will be invited to present 5-minute “data blitz” presentations prior to the keynote address.
For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd16abstracts.
Registration: Advance registration required. Visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd2016 to register.
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.
For more information about Women’s Health Research Day, please contact Kris Zimmermann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.413.4251.
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science