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
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 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