Celebrating Women in Medicine and Science Month
The Women in Medicine and Science Symposium will highlight the collaborations and achievements of women faculty and trainees at Brigham and Women’s Healthcare. The program will focus on the collaborations of women faculty and trainees across different disciplines including basic, clinical innovation and translational research projects with the goal of building community.
This year's symposium was held on September 30, 2013. Watch the video here.
2013 Keynote Speakers
Jill Goldstein, PhD
Director of Research, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, BWH
Professor of Psychiatry & Medicine, HMS
Title: "Sex Differences in the Risk for Alzheimer's Disease: Insights into Early Biomarkers for the Disease"
Jill M. Goldstein, Ph.D., a clinical neuroscientist, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Over the past 28 years, Dr. Goldstein’s investigations have made her an international leader in characterizing sex differences in the development and adult functioning of the human brain and how these differences contribute to understanding sex differences in psychiatric and neurologic disorders and their comorbidity with general medical disorders. Her program of research, called the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain, consists of interdisciplinary investigators integrating brain imaging with psychophysiology, neuroendocrinology, genetics, inflammatory factors, and collaborative efforts with animal investigators studying genes, hormones, and the brain. Brain circuitries under current investigation include the stress response circuitry, memory and working memory (and brain aging of these circuitries), and reward circuitry implicated in the neural circuitry of obesity. Dr. Goldstein is also a leader in training the next generation of women and men in women’s health and sex differences in medicine.
Reisa Sperling, MD
Director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, BWH
Professor of Neurology, HMS
Title: "Can we detect Alzheimer's disease a decade (or more) before dementia - and why would we want to?"
Reisa Sperling, M.D. is a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the Principal Investigator on the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Program Project funded Harvard Aging Brain Study and the Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She served as the Chair of the NIA-Alzheimer’s Association working group to develop the criteria for “Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease”. Dr. Sperling is the Project Leader for the NIH funded ADCS Anti-Amyloid in Asymptomatic AD – the “A4” trial – a secondary prevention trial in 1000 older individuals at risk for AD
Martin Samuels, MD
Recipient of the 2013 HMS Joseph B. Martin Dean's Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women
Founding Chair, Department of Neurology, BWH
Professor of Neurology, HMS
Martin Samuels, MD is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and founding chair of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Board certified in both neurology and internal medicine, Dr. Samuels is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Neurological Association and the past-president of the Association of University Professors of Neurology. His special interest is the interface between internal medicine and neurology. He is internationally known, both within internal medicine and neurology, as a premier diagnostician and teacher. Dr. Samuels’s career has been aimed at relieving suffering caused by neurological disease and symptoms. Gaining the experience and knowledge necessary to optimize the number of people he can help has been a lifelong endeavor.
Dr. Samuels has defined the field of neurological medicine with its many subspecialties of neuro-cardiology, neuro-hematology, neuro-gastroenterology, and all of the other broad interfaces between diseases of the nervous system and disorders in the rest of the body. He has also written and lectured widely on these topics, as well as common neurologic complaints such as dizziness, movement disorders, stroke, emergency neurology, and headache. He is perhaps best recognized as the creator of what is now known as Samuels’s Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics, in its ninth edition as the co-author, with Dr. Allan Ropper, of Adams’s and Victor’s Principles of Neurology now in its tenth edition.
Featured Women Researchers
Ana Paula Abreu, MD, PhD
Research Fellow, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Hypertension, Department of Medicine
My research focus is to identify genetic mutations in patients with defects in neuroendocrine control of reproduction and to understand the molecular mechanisms by which these genes regulate GnRH secretion. We have identified a novel gene associated with familial central precocious puberty, a disorder more frequent in girls. The 2013 Women in Medicine and Science Symposium will be a great opportunity to present my lab's new discovery and to discuss the implications it may have in the sex differences in the timing of puberty and in the management of precocious puberty. The symposium will also be an excellent opportunity to establish new collaborations.
Tara Deelman, MD, MSc
Research Fellow, Division of General & Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery
Our lab is interested in mechanisms underlying the rapid resolution of type 2 diabetes after Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass. My work focuses on identifying novel and less invasive interventions that can replicate the metabolic benefits of RYGB. Specifically, I study the role of the selective vagal deafferentation to blunt luminal sensing of intestinal nutrients as an approach to treat obesity and diabetes. Participating in the Women in Medicine and Science symposium allows researchers like me to assert themselves in their profession, meet more experienced role models, aspire pioneering research, and to be recognized for their contribution in advancing medicine and science.
Claudia Goettsch, PhD
Research Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of Medicine
Work-life-balance as a young scientist working in cardiovascular research and mother of a 6-year-old boy is challenging and requires organizational skills. I am grateful to work in an environment where women can have a dedicated symposium to discuss their specific needs and promote their research. The Women in Medicine and Science Symposium will give me a great opportunity to network with women clinicians and scientists across different disciplines. I believe that these interactions are very important for my professional development. I am pleased that this event has become an annual tradition, and I am excited to take part in it.
Laura Holsen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
The BWH Women in Medicine and Science Symposium offers an important opportunity to recognize the achievements of my peers and mentors and to learn about research underway by female scientists at BWH. I have been mentored by outstanding women in academic medicine and am indebted to women who have “paved the way”, and see the symposium as a way to connect with other female scientists. My research, using parallel neuroimaging and neuroendocrine methodology, focuses on the neural circuitry of comorbid mood dysregulation and disordered eating, with work spanning self-starvation in anorexia nervosa to hyperphagia in depression and obesity.
Seoyoung Kim, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine
I am a rheumatologist and epidemiologist/pharmacoepidemiologist in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and the Division of Rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I am also in the last year of the doctoral degree program in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. My research is focused on the comparative safety and effectiveness of medications for rheumatic diseases, as well as outcome research in rheumatology. I would like to participate in the Women in Medicine and Science Symposium to learn more about what other female colleagues are working on and how we can work together and help each other’s career and research.
Farzaneh Sorond, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Stroke Division, Department of Neurology
I am clinician-scientist with clinical expertise in cerebrovascular and critical care neurology and translational research in acute brain injury. The opportunity to present at The Women in Medicine and Science Symposium will allow me to share my work with other investigators at the BWH and to enhance my ability to build collaborations with other women faculty at the BWH. As women physician-scientists we face many challenges. However, through scientific and clinical collaborations we can build a stronger community to help one another achieve professional and personal fulfillment and support the future generation of women clinician-scientists at the BWH.
2012 Women's Research Day
Julie Glowacki, PhD
Director, Skeletal Biology Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Meryl S. LeBoff, MD
Director, Skeletal Health and Osteoporosis Center, Director, Bone Density Unit, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Carol Nadelson introduces our 2012 Keynote Speakers.
Watch the full keynote - PART 1 -- PART 2
Featured Women Researchers:
Julia Charles, MD, PhD, Instructor, Department of Medicine; Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy
Nicole Joller, PhD, Research Fellow, Department of Neurology
Linda Lee, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Division of Gastroenterology
Cecilia Lezcano, MD, Research Fellow, Department of Pathology
Zehra Ordulu, MD, Research Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sabina Signoretti, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
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