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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
  • Kathleen Egan, Research Associate, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, WFSM

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

Location and Parking

The conference will take place in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education on the 5th floor, in classrooms 5107 / 5206 / 5207.
Google Map Directions

Parking is available in the:

  • P8 lot, located between 5th and 7th streets on N. Research Parkway (next to B-40).  Open lot.
  • P5 lot, located between 5th and 7th streets on N. Research Parkway (attached to 525@Vine Building. Smart badge access only.  Accessible from 7th street also.
  • Visitor lot, located on 5th street, immediately on the left after the railway bridge (NOT loft's parking).  Press the button for security to raise the gate  

Directions from the parking to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education:

  • From the P8, P5 and Visitor lots, walk towards the 525@Vine building.  Continue past that entrance and over 5th street (next to the railway tracks).  Enter the BGCME buliding on the right.

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


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