January 2018
In This Issue
2018: At a Glance

Institute Happenings

Upcoming Events 
  Recent Blogs 
Dear Friends,
Happy New Year!

In this issue, we will highlight some of the upcoming programs and events we have planned for 2018. Be sure to check out our website, womenshealth.northwestern.edu, for any additions or changes to the schedule!   

Nicole C. Woitowich, PhD
Director of Science Outreach and Education 
2018: At a Glance
Join us for the 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research
The WHRI invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research . This day-long symposium promotes the advancement of sex-inclusive research within the basic, translational, and clinical research fields. It fosters knowledge amongst interdisciplinary communities who currently conduct or are interested in sex-based research.

This year's theme, "A Spotlight on Autoimmunity," will feature keynote and plenary lectures from nationally recognized experts in sex-based immunology including Drs. Jayne Danska, Sabra Klein, and Maureen Su. In addition, the symposium will feature a panel discussion on the state of sex-inclusive science, invited abstract presentations, and a poster session.

The symposium is open to the public and all neighboring institutions. Students, post-docs, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are included in the registration costs. Registration is limited, so reserve your spot today

Abstract Deadline Extended!

There's still time to submit an abstract for the 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion! The abstract deadline has been extended to January 5th, 2018. We welcome abstracts from all areas of research which feature sex-based or sex-inclusive science.
Illinois Women's Health Registry Gets a New Look
In early 2018, the Illinois Women's Health Registry (IWHR) will be upgrading its software platform to feature a user- and mobile-friendly interface and an updated health survey which will only take 15 minutes of your time to complete! Current Registry participants will be notified in the near future with more details about these changes. In the meantime, investigators can still utilize the Registry for  study recruitment  during this time. For more information about the IWHR, please visit  whr.northwestern.edu  or contact the registry coordinator at womensregistry@northwestern.edu.
Save the Date for Monthly Forums in 2018
For the past decade, the WHRI has hosted monthly Women’s Health Forums which highlight basic science, clinical, or sociological research with a focus on the role of sex and gender in health and disease. The forums are open to all members of the Northwestern community, as well as the general public, and attract a diverse and interprofessional audience. Below you will find the schedule for the first half of 2018:   

February 27th –Jonathan Silverberg, MD, Northwestern University 
March 13th - Kirstie Danielson, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago  
April 17th – Sharon Rosenberg, MD, Northwestern University  
May 22nd – Seema Kahn, MD, Northwestern University
June 19th – Dima Elissa, VisMED-3D
July 17th – Marla Mendelson, MD, Northwestern University

All forums take place from 12:00-1:00 PM in Prentice Women's Hospital. As usual, a light lunch will be provided with registration. Please keep in mind there is no forum in January due to the 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research.

Do you have suggestions for a forum topic? We'd love to hear from you! 
Institute Happenings
WHRI 10th Anniversary
On December 10 th , 2017, the Women’s Health Research Institute celebrated its 10 th Anniversary with a special monthly forum given by WHRI Director, Dr. Teresa Woodruff. Her lecture entitled, “Science to Care: A Decade of Transforming Women's Health Research at Northwestern and Beyond,” provided an overview of the achievements and accomplishments of the Institute and discussed on-going efforts to promote sex-inclusive science and women’s health research on the local, state, and national level. Following the lecture, the WHRI hosted a celebratory reception with friends, colleagues, and supporters of the Institute.  

Over the last decade the WHRI has: 
  • Championed for sex-inclusive policies, resulting in the 2016 National Institutes of Health policy to consider sex as a biological variable
  • Matched thousands of women in to clinical research trials at Northwestern University and beyond through the Illinois Women’s Health Registry
  • Supported sex-inclusive research at Northwestern University through the establishment of the Pioneer Awards
  • Authored over 900 blogs, 75 newsletters, and numerous peer-reviewed publications dedicated to women’s health and sex-inclusive science
  • Hosted more than 90 monthly Women’s Health Research Forums which create awareness of the roles of sex and gender play in health and disease
  • Mentored hundreds of young women who will lead the next generation in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine through the Women’s Health Science Program

Upcoming Events 

Thursday, January 25th: 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research
A Spotlight on Autoimmunity

Plenary Lectures 
Maureen Su, MD  - Sex Bias in Autoimmune Disease
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Sabra L. Klein, PhD - Sex is a Biological Variable that Affects the Outcome of Infection and Vaccination
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Keynote Lecture 
Jayne Danska, PhD – Emerging Mechanisms in Immune-Mediated Diseases: Genes, Sex, and Microbes
Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine
Professor, Departments of Immunology and Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Genetics and Genome Biology
Hospital for Sick Children

 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Prentice Women's Hospital
250 E. Superior Street
3rd Floor Conference Room L
The Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University is leading the charge to eradicate sex bias in biomedical research. Help us accomplish this bold aspiration by supporting the Institute.
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