Annual Research Conference 

“Why XX Matters: Focus on Cancer and Regenerative Medicine”

One of the missions of Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) 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 the focus is on healthy brain function which governs human behavior and executive function throughout the lifespan. Conversely, cognitive dysfunction is debilitating in neurodegenerative diseases, and mental health and substance use disorders, as well as untoward effect of radiation and drug therapies. A greater appreciation of gender differences in mental health and disease will make it possible to develop personalized pharmacotherapies and palliative treatments that take into account the influence of sex.


Women’s Health Research Day is open to everyone both internally to Wake Forest Baptist Health and externally: all faculty, students, staff, nurses, post-docs, residents, and fellows. There is no fee, but registration is required.

Registration is open now!

For more information, email us or call 336-716-5489.

Call for Abstracts

Scientific Organizers

Tracy Criswell, PhD (Conference Chairs) 
Other members of the Research and Education Subcommittee of the Women in Medicine and Science standing committee. 

Sponsored by Women in Medicine and Science; co-sponsors include:

Also made possible by donors of the WIMS Fund and members of the Lucile Hutaff Education Society for Women in Medicine and Science.

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


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 Road across from the Medical Center.

From the main level of the parking deck, walk across Hawthorne Road toward 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.