Women’s Health Research Symposium: Sex and Gender Differences

Presented by the Arizona Health Sciences Library, the event is a forum for the UA campus community to showcase research in women’s health and/or sex and gender differences and to expand cross-campus research collaborations.

Women’s health research has come a long way since the ground-breaking 15-year Women’s Health Initiative was launched in 1991 by the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women.

On Friday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., University of Arizona researchers studying women’s health will gather for a Women’s Health Research Symposium: Sex and Gender Differences at the UA Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom, 1301 E. University Blvd., Tucson.

The event seeks to draw campus-wide attention to women’s health research issues and sex and gender differences research. The symposium provides a forum for UA Main Campus and Arizona Health Sciences Center faculty, staff, students, fellows, post-doctoral students and medical residents to discuss their research in women’s health and/or sex and gender differences and to network to expand cross-campus research collaborations. The event will feature speakers, roundtable discussions, workshops, research posters and a networking reception.

Presented by the Arizona Health Sciences Library, the symposium is funded by a subcontract from the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health.

Two morning sessions will highlight UA and AHSC research, with eight faculty members speaking for 15 minutes each about their research. The luncheon will feature roundtable discussions with facilitators on a wide range of topics. The afternoon will be devoted to workshops with instruction by Arizona Health Sciences librarians and research colleagues. The event will culminate with a poster session and networking reception.

Keynote speaker will be Kathryn Sandberg, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease; vice chair and professor of research, Department of Medicine; and director of Graduate Studies in Physiology at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Sandberg’s address is titled, “The over-reliance of male cells and animals in preclinical research: Why is this a problem? How did it happen? And, how can we fix it?” Her laboratory at Georgetown focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying the sex differences in the incidence and rate of progression of hypertension and associated cardiovascular and renal disease.

Dr. Sandberg was one of a group of women who spent many years working with the NIH on the issue of NIH-funded clinical trials generally including only white males. Today, both male and female subjects routinely are included in clinical trials. In May 2014, the NIH announced a new initiative to enact policies requiring the use of female and male animals and cells in basic science studies.

For more information about the “Women’s Health Research Symposium: Sex and Gender Differences,” please contact Brooke Billman, Arizona Health Sciences Library, 520-626-1544, email: brooke.billman@ahsl.arizona.edu
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Symposium schedule:

8-8:30 a.m.  Registration with continental breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m. Welcome: Jennifer K. Barton, PhD, UA associate vice president for research; UA professor, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and biosystems engineering; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Keynote: Kathryn Sandberg, PhD, director, Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease; vice chair and professor of research, Department of Medicine; director, Graduate Studies in Physiology; Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

9:30-10:45 a.m.  Speaker Session 1 (four 15-minute presentations):

Development of a novel mouse model for peri- and post-menopause
Patricia B. Hoyer, PhD, professor, UA Department of Physiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; adjunct professor, UA Department of Animal Sciences, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; investigator, Center for Toxicology, and professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, UA College of Pharmacy

Menopause: Role in onset of the metabolic syndrome, diabetic kidney disease and hypertension
Heddwen Brooks, PhD, associate professor, UA Department of Physiology; chair, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, Physiological Sciences; member, UA Sarver Heart Center

Novel mechanisms in the treatment of breast-induced bone cancer pain
Todd W. Vanderah, PhD, professor and head, Department of Pharmacology; professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

The female prostate in health and disease
Richard J. Ablin, PhD, professor, Department of Pathology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

11a.m.-12:15 p.m. Speaker Session 2 (four 15-minute presentations):

Precision health care for women of the 21st century
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, associate vice president for precision health sciences, AHSC; interim director, AHSC Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine; professor, Division of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Gender differences in quality of life for supportive partners of Latinas’ with breast cancer
Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor and division director, Community and Systems Health Science, UA College of Nursing; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Gender, race and women’s health
Monica J. Casper, PhD, professor and head, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Women’s spirituality, health sciences and resilience
Hester E. Oberman, PhD, lecturer, Religious Studies Program, UA College of Humanities; liaison, Program in Medical Humanities, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

12:15-12:30 p.m.  Break

12:30-1:45 p.m.  Lunch and roundtable discussions with facilitators:

Balanced sex representation in preclinical research
Kathryn Sandberg, PhD, director, Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease; vice chair and professor of research, Department of Medicine; director, Graduate Studies in Physiology; Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Breast cancer pain and the use of opioids, opioid/narcotic abuse, careers in academia/industry
Todd W. Vanderah, PhD, professor and head, Department of Pharmacology; professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Considerations of the relevance of the female prostate
Richard J. Ablin, PhD, professor, Department of Pathology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Differences in domestic violence, abuse and harassment between LGBTQ and heterosexual women and girls
Sally Stevens, PhD, executive director, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Gender differences in drug response
Terrence Monks, PhD, professor and head, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, and associate dean, Research & Graduate Studies, UA College of Pharmacy

Gender differences in quality of life for supportive partners of Latinas with breast cancer
Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor and division director, Community and Systems Health Science, UA College of Nursing; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Interdisciplinary research collaborations: opportunities and challenges
Jennifer K. Barton, PhD, UA associate vice president for research; professor, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and biosystems engineering; member, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Intersectionality and women’s health
Monica J. Casper, PhD, professor and head, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Perinatal psychiatry
Julie Demetree, MD, clinical assistant professor, and Saira Kalia, MD, MBBS, clinical assistant III, Department of Psychiatry, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Precision health care for women of the 21st century
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, associate vice president for precision health sciences, AHSC; professor, Division of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Prevention and intervention programs for adolescent teens
Velia Leybas Nuño, PhD, MSW, assistant director, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and assistant professor, Health Promotion Sciences Division, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; clinical lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Publishing ethics and journal reviewing/career development
Heddwen Brooks, PhD, associate professor, UA Department of Physiology; chair, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, Physiological Sciences; member, UA Sarver Heart Center

Research career development: Getting from here to independence
M. Jane Mohler, MSN, MPH, PhD, associate director, University of Arizona Center on Aging; co-director, Arizona Geriatric Education Center; associate director, Arizona Reynolds Program in Applied Geriatrics; and associate professor, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson, with joint appointments in the UA Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health

The humanities and the medical sciences
Hester E. Oberman, PhD, lecturer, Religious Studies Program, UA College of Humanities; liaison, Program in Medical Humanities, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Tips for success in grant proposals
Sangita Pawar, PhD, MBA, assistant dean, Research Administration, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Hormone replacement therapy in post-menopausal women
Patricia B. Hoyer, PhD, professor, UA Department of Physiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; adjunct professor, UA Department of Animal Sciences, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; investigator, Center for Toxicology, and professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, UA College of Pharmacy

Women’s cardiovascular health
Anne G. Rosenfeld, PhD, RN, professor and associate dean of research, UA College of Nursing; member, UA Sarver Heart Center

Women’s health and well-being
Kathryn L. Reed, MD, professor and head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; member, UA Sarver Heart Center

1:45-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (workshops with instruction by Arizona Health Sciences librarians and research colleagues)

4:30-6 p.m.  Poster Session and Networking Reception