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8th Women’s Health and Sex Differences Research Day

“The Gender Gap: Pain & Addiction"


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education
475 Vine Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Overview and Background

One of the missions of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) is to develop and implement programs to promote women’s health and sex differences research.  Women’s Health Research Day is one of the ways we achieve this mission, by showcasing the achievements of investigators in the topic area.  This year, we seek to stimulate integrative discussion and cross-disciplinary collaboration to promote translational research in women’s health as it relates to pain and addiction.

Scientific Organizers:

Susan Appt, DVM (Conference Chair) and other members of the Research & Education Subcommittee of the Women in Medicine Standing Committee, Drs. Cynthia Emory, Ashley Weaver, David Caudell, Nancy Denizard-Thompson, Allyn Howlett, Sara Jones, Emily Pharr, Hossam Shaltout, Sarah Berga, Debi Griffith, Lynne Wagenknecht, and Marcia Wofford

Sponsored by the Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)    
Department of Anesthesiology   
Department of Internal Medicine   
Department of Pathology   
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology   
Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy  
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology   
Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction


Agenda features:

  • Keynote Speaker: Jill Becker, Ph.D, Patricia Y. Gurin Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Research Professor Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan
  • Plenary Speaker: Charles Carson, PhD, ABPP, Robert H. and Anna B. Culton Endowed Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences
  • Amber K. Brooks, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Lexington Medical Center, Pain Center Director
  • Mei-Chuan (Holden) Ko, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, WFSM
  • Michael Nader, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, WFSM; Co-Director of Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Donald B. Penzien, PhD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, WFSM
  • Mary Pylipow, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, WFSM
  • Mark Wolfson, PhD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, WFSM; Co-Director of Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction

Attendees are encouraged to bring an electronic device to view the conference materials.  A web page with slides and abstracts will be provided shortly before the conference.  


Women's Health & Sex Differences Research Day is open to everyone both internally to WFBMC and externally: all students, staff, nurses, post-docs, residents, fellows, and faculty.  


The registration fee for faculty, staff and nurses is $20 - $35 after March 15th, to be paid by cash, check (made out to WFHS) or internal transfer.
Fee waived for all students, post-docs, residents & fellows.  

Registration is required at

Call for Abstracts

  • While all women’s health and sex differences abstracts are encouraged, special consideration will be given for submissions with specific focus on pain or addiction.     
  • All faculty, staff, students (medical, graduate, PA, and other), medical residents and post-doctoral fellows are invited to present. (Only one submission per person allowed.)  
  • New or recycled submissions will be considered for oral or poster presentations.
  • The top 5 Abstracts will be selected for a 5 minute oral presentation after lunch on April 6th.
  • Presenters will need to set up their posters at 8:00 am on April 6.  Poster presenters will be required to stand by their work and present their research between 10:00-10:30 am and during the lunch break.  
  • Prizes will be awarded for the top oral presentation, top student poster and top resident/post-doctoral fellow poster (faculty and staff submissions not eligible for prizes).

Review the poster guidelines. The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 16, 2017. For more information or to submit your abstract, email


The conference will take place in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in classrooms 5107 / 5206 / 5207.
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For more information, email us at or call (336) 713-4220.


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