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Translational Approaches to Cardiometabolic Syndrome in Women

“Translational Approaches to Cardiometabolic Syndrome in Women"

9th Women’s Health & Sex Differences Research Day 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Commons
1 Medical Center Blvd, 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 metabolic syndrome in women.

Scientific Organizers:
Ashley Weaver, PhD and Hossam Shaltout, RPh, PhD, FAHA (Conference Co-Chairs) and other members of the Research & Education Subcommittee of the Women in Medicine Standing Committee, Drs. Cynthia Emory,  David Caudell, Mara Vitolins, Allyn Howlett, Amber Brooks, Mark Wolfson, Andora Bass, Susan Appt, Sarah Berga, Debi Griffith, Lynne Wagenknecht, and Marcia Wofford

Sponsored by the Office of Women in Medicine and Science 

Department of Anesthesiology   
Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy  
Sticht Center for Health Aging & Alzheimer's Prevention
Cardiovascular Sciences Center
Hypertension & Vascular Research Center
Department of Pathology
Section of Comparative Medicine 
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology    

Agenda features:

  • Keynote Speaker: Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD, Tulane University
  • Keynote Speaker: Samar R. El Khoudary, PhD, MPH, B.Pharm, University of Pittsburgh, Epidemiology
  • Leanne Groban, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Morgana Lee Mongraw-Chaffin, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention
  • Carol Shively, PhD, Professor, Comparative Medicine
  • Barbara Nicklas, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine, Gerontology

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.  

No registration fee.

Registration is required

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 cardiometabolic syndrome in women.
  • 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.)  
  • The top 20 new or recycled submissions will be considered for oral or poster presentations.
  • The top 5 student Abstracts will be selected for a 5 minute oral presentation during the afternoon on April 11th.
  • Presenters will need to set up their posters at 8:00 am on April 11.  Poster presenters will be required to stand by their work and present their research during the poster session. 
  • 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 now closed. For more information email

Location and Parking

The conference will take place in the Commons Conference Rooms at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Parking is available in the:

  • Hawthorne parking deck on Hawthorne Rd. across from the Medical Center

Directions from Hawthorne parking deck to the Commons Conference Rooms:

  • From the Main level of the parking deck, walk across Hawthorne Rd. towards the Medical Center. Turn right down the sidewalk and enter the Wake Forest School of Medicine brick courtyard on your left. Enter the glass doors and take the stairs in front of you up to Commons.

For more information, email us at or call (336) 713-4220.


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