Women in Medicine and Science Symposium

The twelfth annual Women in Medicine & Science Symposium (WMSS) was held on Wednesday, September, 27, 2023.

Wolf Conference Center,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

3:15 – 4:00pm Marcela del Carmen Keynote Lecture
4:00 – 5:00pm Oral Presentations
5:00 – 6:15pm Poster Presentations and Networking Session

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.

2023 Keynote Address 

Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH is the Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief at MassGeneral for Children. She also serves as the Chair of Pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Wolfe previously served as the Division Chief of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital for nearly 30 years. She also served as the Vice President for Faculty Development at the Dana-Farber. Dr. Wolfe is Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She holds an MD degree (1990) from Harvard Medical School and an MPH (1998) from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Dr. Wolfe specializes in pediatric supportive and palliative care, working together with an interprofessional team to provide an extra layer of support to seriously ill children and their families. She supports the primary team and families with delineating goals of care and complex decision-making. She also holds expertise in symptom management and quality of life interventions. Dr. Wolfe’s research focuses on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families. She also co-directs the multinational Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network.

2023 Oral Presentations

BWH Oral Presentations

  • Mabel Seto, PhD, “Genes that escape X chromosome inactivation are associated with Alzheimer’s disease clinicopathology: findings from the Religious Order Study/Memory and Aging Project (ROSMAP)”
  • Rajae Talbi, PhD, “Melanocortin 4 Receptors differentially regulate the tonic versus preovulatory release of GnRH in females”

MGH Oral Presentations

  • Claire Castro, PhD, “Functional role of placental senescence in peripartum cardiomyopathy”
  • Parisa Kaviani, MD, “AI-based urinary calculi detection, localization, and quantification on abdomen-pelvis CT: a multicenter, international internal testing and external validation study”
2023 Poster Presentations

BWH Poster Presentations

  • Jingyi Cao, PhD, “Therapeutic remodeling of cell–cell interactions in pancreatic cancer revealed by single-cell spatial transcriptomics”
  • Priyadarshini Kachroo, PhD, “Metabolomic signatures of the steroid biosynthesis driving sex differences in asthma”
  • Katie Lee, MD, PhD, “Association Between Artificial Intelligence-Derived Tumor Volume and Oncologic Outcomes for Localized Prostate Cancer”
  • Yan Ma, MD, MPH, “Heart rate variability during sleep onset in subjects with and without insomnia”
  • Cassidy Mays, “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for a Neonatal Model of Sepsis”
  • Bidisha Mitra, PhD, “Key Roles of Epstein-Barr Virus Oncogene Latent Membrane Protein 1 Transformation Essential Domains in B Cell Gene Regulation”
  • Madeline Pesec, MD, ScM, “The Effect of Primary Health Care on Mortality: Evidence from Costa Rica”
  • Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD, “Preoperative Temporal Summation of Pain Moderates the Efficacy of Ketamine in Inhibiting Postoperative Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
  • Sasha Singh, MSc, PhD, “Mass spectrometry-enabled tracer kinetics in humans demonstrates HDL’s heterogeneous and complex metabolic structure”
  • Kisha Sivanathan, PhD, “Charting the cellular biogeography in colitis reveals fibroblast trajectories and coordinated spatial remodeling”
  • Alice Tang, MD, “Immunosuppression and Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSVE)”
  • Shilpa Vijayakumar, MD, “Functional Status and Heart-Failure-Related Quality of Life Improve Following Therapy in Light Chain Amyloid Cardiomyopathy”
  • Jeong Yee, PharmD, PHD, “Association of Anxiety, Depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder with Cardiovascular Disease and All-cause Mortality Risk among Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in the All of Us Research Program”

MGH Poster Presentations

  • Manisha Bahl, MD, MPH, “Prediction of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Upgrade Risk Using Machine Learning Models”
  • Lauren Breithaupt, PhD, “Anti-inflammatory Activity of Estradiol as a Therapeutic Opportunity for Anorexia Nervosa: Evidence from Peripheral Blood-Based Biomarkers, In Vivo Imaging of the Brain Barrier, and Extracellular Free Water”
  • So Mi Cho, PhD, “Genetic, sociodemographic, lifestyle, and clinical risk factors of recurrent coronary artery disease events: population-based cohort study”
  • Roshan Fahimi, MD, “Multi-fracture AI algorithm for triage and detection of multi-body-part fractures in multicenter radiography”
  • Nitya Jain, PhD, “RXRA regulates the development of resident tissue macrophages”
  • Mikyung Kang, PhD, “Radiation-activated drug release for cancer therapy”
  • Jisun Ki, PhD, “Development of a colorimetric-based portable sensor for on-site detection of airborne bacteria”
  • Rachel Knipe, MD, “Endothelial Rho Kinase 2 (ROCK2) Upregulation in Expanded Ectopic COL15A1+ Systemic Venous Vessels in Pulmonary Fibrosis”
  • Josephine Li, MD, “Supporting Our Physician Parents (SOPPort): A Pilot Program for Parental Wellness at the Massachusetts General Hospital”
  • Lisa Lin, MD, MBBE, “A Deep Learning Model for Screening Computed Tomography Imaging for Thyroid Eye Disease and Compressive Optic Neuropathy”
  • Anastasie Mate, PharmD, PhD, “Tau seeding and spreading in vivo is supported by both AD-derived fibrillar and oligomeric tau”
  • Jacquelyn Nestor, MD, PhD, “Low Dose Hydroxychloroquine Use Associated with Increased Hospitalizations in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus”
  • Wen Shi, PhD, “Automated channel-wise prediction of epileptogenic cortex from intracranial interictal spike ripple rate”
  • Jessica Shui, MD, “Identifying Optimal PEEP in Neonates with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia”
  • 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)

2023 Keynote Address
Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH

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