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Highlights Summary

The VCU Institute for Women's Health and the Journal of Women’s Health held its annual multidisciplinary CME conference, the Women’s Health 2011 Congress, in Washington, DC on April 1st-3rd. Wendy S. Klein, MD, Senior Deputy Director Emeritus of the VCU Institute for Women's Health and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Women's Health was the Congress Program Chair for the 12th consecutive year, and Susan Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of VCU IWH was Co-Chair. This year, the Congress again collaborated with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Behavioral Research Program and the American Medical Association (AMA). The Congress also served as the annual meeting of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). The response to the program was overwhelming again this year, and was sold out with 1000 registrants in advance of the event, representing 44 states and 16 countries.

 In addition, an exciting new partner this year was the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, which collaborated with us in the greatly expanded Women’s Health & Sex Differences Research Scientific Poster Session, and which judged the session. In addition, the ORWH presented a pre-conference workshop entitled, Toward a Better Understanding of the NIH Grant Process. Outstanding sessions were presented by faculty from NIMH, NIDA, Office of Extramural Research and the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

The purpose of this dissemination conference was to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based knowledge on a broad range of issues relevant to women’s health across the lifespan, to a target audience that included physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nurse-midwives, and other allied healthcare providers. Over 2-1/2 days, a host of renowned expert faculty from around the country addressed topics relevant to the clinical care of women. Included were aspects of breast, bone, reproductive, mental, and cardiovascular health.   Also on the program this year were experts addressing such issues as environmental toxins and reproductive health, care of the older woman, and Alzheimer’s disease.  This year, there was a panel on the impact of health care reform on women’s health, presented by key leaders including Drs Mary Wakefield, Administrator of HRSA, Dora Hughes, Counselor for Public Health and Science Policy of the US DHHS, and Meena Seshamini, former Director of Policy Analysis for the DHHS Office of Health Reform.

This conference remains unique in its multidisciplinary approach to the understanding sex and gender differences across the spectrum of disease, and in its interdisciplinary audience, which spans departments and organ systems, and also encompasses all healthcare professions. Once again, the Congress was a hugely successful event, and remains a unique platform for promoting excellence in women’s health care and in representing VCU and the Institute for Women’s Health.

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