Women in Medicine and Science Symposium

The eleventh annual Women in Medicine & Science Symposium (WMSS) was held on Tuesday, September, 20, 2022.

The Women in Medicine and Science Symposium will highlight the achievements of women faculty and trainees at Brigham and Women’s and Mass General Hospitals. The Symposium will celebrate the accomplishments of women faculty and trainees across different disciplines – including basic science, clinical and translational research, clinical innovation, and education – with the goal of strengthening the BWH, MGH and MGB community.

2022 Keynote Address – “From the Nile to the Charles River”

Dr. Nawal Nour holds the Kate Macy Ladd Professorship at Harvard Medical School and is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is also the Founding Director of the African Women’s Health Center. She previously served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Faculty, Trainees, and Students; Director of Ambulatory Obstetrics & Gynecology; and Director of Global Obstetrics and Gynecologic Health.

After attending Brown University Dr. Nour received her MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital before completing an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Nour has been named one of Forbes 40 Women to Watch Over 40. Her research concentrates on health and policy issues related to female genital cutting (FGC) while her practice provides care to women who have undergone this practice. For her establishment of the African Women’s Health Center, the only hospital center in the US that focuses on supporting the physical and emotional needs of those who have undergone FGC, Dr. Nour has been honored as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She  received honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College for her community work and outreach. Dr. Nour is the recipient of the American Medical Women’s Association Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award.

Dr. Nour presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a Board Trustee and Secretary of the World Peace Foundation.  She sits on the Board of Registration in Medicine and the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crime. She also serves as a Congress Chair for the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).

2022 Oral Presentations

BWH Oral Presentations

  • Alexandra Purdue-Smithe, PhD, “A prospective study of migraine and aura phenotype and the risk of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and ectopic pregnancy”
  • Jingjing Gao, PhD, “A rapidly recovering hydrogel-based delivery of disease modifying drug reduces osteoarthritis progression in active joints”

MGH Oral Presentations

  • Yumiko Ishizawa, MD, PhD, MPH, “Dynamics of the Brain Recovery following General Anesthesia in Nonhuman Primates”
  • Jana Jarolimova, MD, MPH, “Sexually transmitted infection testing integrated with HIV prevention and contraceptive services in hair salons in urban South Africa”
2022 Lightning Round Presentations

BWH Lightning Round Presentations

  • Caroline Goedmakers, “Using Deep Learning to predict Adjacent Segment Disease on Pre-Operative Cervical MRI Images for Patients Undergoing Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion”
  • Jingyi Qian, PhD, “Association of Timing of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity with Changes in Glycemic Control over 4 Years in The Look AHEAD Trial”
  • Naoko Sasamoto, MD, PhD, “Plasma proteomic profiles associated with persistent postsurgical pelvic pain in adolescents and young adults with endometriosis”
  • Zoe Swank, PhD, “Persistent circulating SARS-CoV-2 spike is associated with post-acute COVID-19 sequelae”

MGH Lightning Round Presentations

  • Jehan Alladina, MD, “A human model of asthma exacerbation identifies pathogenic airway immune circuits specific to asthma”
  • Maeva Dhaynaut, PhD, “Tau aggregation in American-style football players exposed to repetitive head injury measured by positron emission tomography”
  • Monica Majumdar, MD, MPH, “Identifying Sex Dimorphism in Peripheral Artery Disease with Platelet Mapping”
  • Yakeel Quiroz, PhD, “APOE and cognitive functioning in individuals with autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease due to the PSEN1 E280A mutation”
  • BWH Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC)
  • BWH Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine
  • Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Office for Research Careers (ORC)
  • BWH Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
  • MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC)
  • Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) Frigoletto Committee on Physician Well-Being
  • Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) and Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)

Watch the 2022 WMSS Keynote Here:

2022 Keynote Address
Nawal M. Nour, MD, MPH

View the 2022 WMSS Research Wall here:

Contact Us

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BWH Applicants:  

Please contact: bwhcdi@partners.org

MGH Applicants:

Please contact: womens.careers@partners.org

How To Apply to WMSS


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/MGH-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. 

Application Requirements

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 the Online Application


The review committee will select four abstracts to be given as oral presentations and a series of flash presentations at the Women in Medicine & Science Symposium. Please note 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. 

Important Dates & Deadlines: 2022

Program Date
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
2:30 – 5:15 PM



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