Connors Center News and Events

April 2018: 1st Annual Symposium and Finalists’ Pitch Presentations for the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR)

The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Symposium and Finalists’ Pitch Presentations for the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR). Please join us for a keynote presentation entitled “Trauma and Women’s Health: Life Course Burden Within and Across Generations” by Karestan Koenen, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. This will be followed by brief pitch presentations from finalist applicants for the first WHISPR research awards. A panel of reviewers will select the top two applicants from among the four presenting to receive one-year grants of up to $25,000.

The goal of this newly-launched Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR) is to advance our understanding of how physiologic and psychological stress affect women’s health and disease, and vice versa, by supporting pilot projects, facilitating interactions among WHISPR investigators and other stress researchers, and hosting an annual scientific symposium for the BWH academic community.

Please RSVP for this event here

For more information, view a flyer about the event.

For questions about the Connors Center Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR), please contact Kristen Avevor, Sr. Administrative Assistant to Hadine Joffe, MD MSc, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, at

October 2016: Media Highlights

October 10: Dr. Hanni Stoklosa discusses how medical practitioners can be in the dark about the sex-trafficking industry in the US in the Redbook magazine article "How a Normal Rhode Island Girl Got Sold into Sex Trafficking." The article, originally published in Marie Claire magazine, is part of Trafficked, a five-part series exploring personal accounts of sex trafficking all over the world.

October 7: Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin discusses with Healthline why girls are more at risk for a variety of sports injuries than boys in the recent article "Girls More Prone to Sports Injuries — Here’s Why." The article looks at a number of factors for the increasing rates as well as prevention programs to reduce the risk of getting hurt. 

June 2016: Sex Differences Methods Workshop

In May, the Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health and Gender Biology hosted the Sex Differences Methods Workshop to address sex differences in experimental design. The event featured a keynote address from Doris Taylor, PhD, from the Texas Heart Institute, talks by BWH experts on sex differences in basic and population research, and a speed networking session for attendees to meet with BWH experts and seek their advice. Jill Goldstein, PhD, is the chair of the Connors-BRI Center and is the director of research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. The workshop and the work of Dr. Goldstein and the Connors-BRI Center are featured in the June 2016 issue of BWH Clinical & Research News: Sex Differences Methods Workshop: Embracing a Sea of Change in Biomedical Research.

March 2016: Hanni Stoklosa, MD discusses her work in human trafficking

Dr. Hanni Stoklosa was featured on Marketplace and in the BWH Clincial & Research News. In both pieces, Dr. Stoklosa highlights the importance of identifying victims of human trafficking in clinical settings. She urges for the development of national protocols to diagnose and treat human trafficking victims.

Identifying Trafficking Victims Is Just the Start of Health Care's Challenge, Marketplace
Stoklosa Devoted to Improving the Lives of Human Trafficking Victims, BWH Clinical & Research News

Charting the Course: A National Summit on the Future of Women's Health Policy Report (2014 Archived Event Information)

The Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is proud to present "Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women’s Health Can’t Wait." The report provides compelling evidence that the science that informs medicine—including the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease—routinely fails to consider the crucial impact of sex and gender.

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