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MARCH 16-18, 2012

Conference Summary

Women’s Health 2012 Congress Highlights - From Wendy Klein, MD

The VCU Institute for Women's Health and the Journal of Women’s Health held its annual multidisciplinary CME conference, the Women’s Health 2012 Congress, in Washington, DC on March 16th-18th. 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 Co-Chair for the 13th consecutive year, Susan Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of VCU IWH, was Program Co-Chair and Lisa Ellis, MD, Executive Director of Clinical Services at Stony Point, was Scientific Program Chair . The response to the program was overwhelming again this year, and was sold out with nearly 1000 registrants in advance of the event, representing 40 states and 22 countries.

This year, the Congress again collaborated with the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health in a greatly expanded Women’s Health & Sex Differences Research Scientific Poster Session. The ORWH and NIH judged the posters, and winners may be viewed on the home page of the Journal of Women’s Health:

In addition, the ORWH presented a pre-conference workshop entitled, ”Women’s Health Research and Clinical Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach.” There were two outstanding panels, one on Successful Models of  Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Programs, and one on Strategies for NIH Grant Success. Sessions were presented by faculty from NIMH, NIDA, NIH Office of Extramural Research and the NIH Center for Scientific Review, as well as University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh and MUSC.

Additional collaborators were the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Behavioral Research Program and the DHHS Office on Women’s Health. OWH presented a panel entitled, “Preventive Women’s Health Services and Health Care Reform: Closing the Gaps.”

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, menopausal and cardiovascular health. Included on the program this year were experts addressing sex and gender differences in GI disorders in women, migraines, thyroid disease, cancer survivorship, hypertension and substance abuse.  

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.

Presented by
Journal of Women's Health
and VCU Institute for Women's Health

In collaboration with National Cancer Institute NIH Office of Research on Women's Health American Medical Association

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