2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Day

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and 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 also provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

Keynote Address: “Women Living with HIV”

Featuring Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS, University of California, San Francisco

Date & Time

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


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

Monica Gandhi photo


Registration is FREE! Advance registration required. Register at: http://go.uic.edu/whrd_registration

Schedule of Events

9:00-9:30 am:  Continental Breakfast/Poster Set-Up

9:30-10:30 am:  Poster Presentations

10:30-11:00 am:  Oral Presentations by Abstract Winners

11:00-11:30 am:  Invited Presentation: When Enough is Enough: Stress and Brain Functioning in HIV-infected Women featuring Leah Rubin, PhD

11:30 am-12:30 pm:  Keynote Lecture: Women Living with HIV featuring Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

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.

Leah Rubin, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Rubin’s primary program of research is aimed at understanding the effects of how different hormonal factors (estrogen, oxytocin, stress hormones) and different hormonal milieus (pregnancy, menopause) impact the cognitive and mental health of women including those with psychiatric illnesses and HIV.  Dr. Rubin is a former UIC BIRCWH scholar, and she recently received NIMH funding for a K01 mentored research scientist training program to further develop her research on women’s cognitive and mental health with a specific focus on the effects of stress and stress hormones on cognition in HIV+ women.


Please contact Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu or 312.413.4251.


UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Nursing, UIC School of Public Health, UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women