Annual Research Conference Agenda

What’s on HER Mind? Gender Differences in Cognitive Function

April 17, 2019 


8:30 Registration and Poster Mounting
9:00 Welcome and Introduction: Allyn Howlett, PhD (Conference Co-Chair)

Session 1 Moderators: Susan Appt, DVM 


5 Top Abstract Introductions (abstracts located at the bottom of page)

  • Alaa Bawaneh – Student 
  • Julie Bennington – Fellow 
  • Tugce Duran – Student
  • Kshipra Hemal – Student
  • Jia Guo – Student
9:15  The Menopausal Brain: How Hormonal Changes and Symptoms Influence Memory
Pauline M. Maki, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and OB/GYN, Director of Women's Mental Health Research Program, Senior Director of Research, UIC Center for Research on Women & Gender, University of Illinois at Chicago 
10:00  Q&A 

5 Top Abstract Introductions (abstracts located at the bottom of page)

  • Nella Hendley – Student 
  • Tiffany Newman – Student 
  • Andre Plair – Fellow 
  • Sherona Sirkisoon – Student
  • Melanie Tam – Student 
10:15  Break & Poster Session (abstracts located at the bottom of page) 

Session 2 Moderators: Candace Parker-Autry, MD and Roy Strowd, MD  

11:05  Deciding to never have children is mentally-emotionally healthy for some Black women
Kimya N. Dennis, PhD, MS, Sociologist & Criminologist, Salem College; Adjunct Assistant Professor, CTSI, WFSM
11:25  Highlights from 25 Years of the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study
Steve Rapp, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Social Science and Health Policy and Dermatology, WFSM
11:45  The Female Aging Brain: Resilient or Vulnerable?
Suzanne Craft, PhD
, Professor of Internal Medicine, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Co-Director of the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention, WFSM
12:05  Q&A
12:15  Lunch and Poster Session (abstracts located at the bottom of page)  

Session 3 Moderators: Chelcie Heaney, Mara Vitolins, DrPH and Jeff Willey, PhD 

1:00  Gender and cognitive function in cannabis treatment development research 
Brian Sherman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
1:45  Sex, Drugs, Social Factors and Age in Nonhuman Primate Models of Cognition
Michael Nader, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Co-Director of the Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction, WFSM
2:05  Gender Differences in Cognitive Function and Clinical Presentation in Schizophrenia
Laura Flashman, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Section Head of the Neuropsychology Program, WFSM 
Brief Break 
2:35  Cancer-Related Cognitive Decline 
Christina K. Cramer, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, WFSM
2:55  Gender Differences in Cognitive Function and Brain Structure in Overweight and Obese Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus:  Emerging Findings from the Look AHEAD Trial
Mark A. Espeland, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences, Biostatistics and Data Science, WFSM
3:15  Q&A
3:25  Poster Awards and Closing: Allyn Howlett, PhD, Tracy Criswell, PhD (Conference Co-Chair), Cynthia Emory, MD, MBA (WIMS Chair)  




  1. Impact Of The Microbiome On Therapeutic Response In Triple Negative Breast Cancer
    Alaa Bawaneh
  2. Determinates of muscle precursor cell therapy efficacy in a nonhuman primate model of intrinsic urinary sphincter deficiency 
    Julie Bennington 
  3. Biotin’s Interference on Immunoassays and its clinical implications 
    Brianna Desouza 
  4. FEMME (Female Estrogen Menopause Mind and Energy) study: The interaction between diabetes and estradiol on human brain metabolism in postmenopausal women 
    Tugce Duran
  5. Gender Disparities in International Stroke Conference Leadership
    Amy Guzik
  6. Gender disparities in course speakers at the AAN Annual Meeting 
    Morgan Figurelle
  7. Mood, Cognition, & Motor Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy In Women with Parkinson’s Disease 
    Jia Guo
  8. Cognition is Associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing in Older Women: Women’s Health Initiative Sleep HyPoxia Effects on Resilience (WHISPER) 
    Jonna Daniel 
  9.  A Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Body Image and Sexual Function Following Simple versus Radical Cystectomy in Women 
    Kshipra Hemal
  10. Sex Differences in the Safety and Effectiveness of an Accelerated Diagnostic Protocol for Chest Pain
    Nella Hendley
  11. Fatigue and the Fast-Pitch Softball Pitcher: A Systematic Review
    Tessa Hulburt
  12. Preclinical pilot study using an autologous bioengineered uterine implant in female baboons: preliminary results
    Renata Magalhaes
  13. Maternal Macronutrient Consumption Yields Long-Term Outcomes On The Metabolic Health And Microbial Colonization Of Female Offspring 
    Tiffany Newman
  14. CenteringPregnancy® within a Community Health Clinic; Patient Characteristics and Future Considerations 
    Marta Olenderek 
  15. Bladder Capacity is a Biomarker for Bladder-Centric Versus Systemic Phenotypes in IC/BPS
    Andre Plair
  16. The correlation between infertility treatments and post-reproductive breast cancer 
    Emily M. Potts
  17. Sex Differences in the Effects of Chronic Muscadine Grape Extract Treatment on Cardiac Function Parameters and Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) in Hypertensive Transgenic (mRen2) 27 Rats 
    Fatima Ryalat
  18. Tumor-specific gain-of-function tGLI1 transcription factor is a novel mediator of breast cancer stem cells and a novel transcriptional activator of cancer stemness genes 
    Sherona Sirkisoon
  19. Assessment of Treatment-Related Effects on Cognition in Multiple Myeloma Patients Undergoing Autologous Stem Cell Transplant 
    Melanie Tam

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