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Women in Medicine & Science Symposium

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM | Bornstein Amphitheatre & the Rotunda at 15 Francis St, BWH

                                                                           Key Note Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Morton, PhD

The annual Women in Medicine & Science Symposium (WMSS) highlights the achievements of women faculty and trainees at Brigham Health. This program focuses on collaborations across various disciplines including basic, clinical and translational research, clinical innovation and medical education – with the goal of building community. 

Selected Oral Presentations

The oral presentation session will take place following the keynote address from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes maximum, followed by a 5 minute question and answer session.

 Monik Jimenez, ScD -  Racial disparities in stroke risk among older adults in the Southern Community Cohort Study

Samantha Atkins, MS, PhD - Smooth Muscle Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Suppress Formation of Functional Osteoclasts: Implication for Cardiovascular Calcification

Jenine John, MD - CAD as a Risk Factor for Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: the ARIC Study

Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH - Association of Adherence to Essential Birth Practices and Perinatal Mortality in Uttar Pradesh, India

Selected Poster Presentations

Six abstracts will be selected for the poster session, which will take place during the reception portion of the event from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Presenters must be available to stand beside their posters during this time. The maximum size for posters is 4 ft. x 4 ft. Presenters are encouraged to utilize as much of the 4 ft. x 4 ft. space as possible.

Abha Aggarwal, PhD - Ketogenic Diet Combined with Antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) Inhibits Tumor Growth in a Mouse Model of Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

Jean Connors, MD - Systemic Antifibrinolytic Agents for Hemoptysis Management in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis

Caitlin Millet, PhD - Tumor necrosis factor receptor 2 (TNFR2) is associated with cognitive dysfunction and clinical markers of neuroprogression in euthymic bipolar disorder

Oluremi Ajala, MD, MPH - Anti-inflammatory HDL Function and Incident Cardiovascular/Death Events: A Secondary Analysis of the JUPITER Trial

Naoko Sasamoto, MD, MPH - Breastfeeding and epithelial ovarian cancer risk: Pooled analysis of 13 case-control studies

Jocelyn Streid, MD Candidate, MPP Candidate - The impact of frailty and hospital experience with frailty on mortality and healthcare utilization after emergency general surgery among Medicare beneficiaries

Application Process

The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations is open to all women faculty and trainees (instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, professors, residents, clinical fellows, research fellows) in a BWH-affiliated department. Authorship should include all project team members. All faculty and trainees are encouraged to attend, whether they make a presentation or not. Since this is not considered a national or regional meeting, previously presented talks are admissible. Furthermore, presenting at this meeting is not a deterrent for future national/regional meetings. 

The review committee will select four abstracts to be given as oral presentations and six to be displayed as poster presentations at the Women in Medicine & Science Symposium on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Please not that there are not separate categories for the submission of abstracts for presentation – the Selection Committee reserves the right to choose which abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations and which will be selected for poster presentations. Submitted abstracts may be included in an event booklet. 



  1. Prepare Abstract – All abstracts must adhere to 200 word limit and be a “.doc” file. Basic science research, clinical research, translational research, and clinical innovation project abstracts are welcome.  Please structure your abstract with the 4 sub-sections: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions.  Any abstracts not in this format will be returned for editing.
  2. Prepare Personal Statement – All personal statements must adhere to a 100 word limit and be typed into the application. The personal statement should include why you feel it’s important to participate in the Women in Medicine and Science Symposium. Please include your research/clinical/innovation interests.
  3. Complete Online Application – Applications Closed 

Applicants will be notified by August 2019 by email for both oral presentation and poster presentations.


Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) 

Office for Women’s Careers (OWC) 

Office for Research Careers (ORC) 

Brigham Research Institute (BRI)

Connor’s Center for Women and Newborns

For any inquiries please contact