Women’s Brain Initiative

Inaugural Symposium, held September 26, 2018

Sex Differences and the Brain: Implications for Research, Health and Disease

20180926, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Boston, MA, USA – Brigham Health – Brigham and Women’s Hospital Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Inaugural Symposium: Sex Differences and the Brain - Implications for Research, Health and Disease. The symposium was held in the third floor conference center of the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine Wednesday afternoon September 26, 2018.

Welcome to the inaugural symposium of the the Women's Brain Initiative at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The Women's Brain Initiative was launched in 2017, thanks to the generous support of its founding donors Rick and Nancy Moskowitz. The Program's overall goal is to advance our understanding of why so many brain diseases affect women differently than men, as well as how female-specific factors alter brain health.

The Women's Brain Initiative is one of the flagship initiatives of the BWH Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, whose mission is to support collaborative efforts across departments and disciplines within BWH relate to brain function and brain disease. 

Symposium Program Hale Building for Transformative Medicine conference center

Welcome
1:00 p.m. - Dennis J. Selkoe, MD, co-director, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, BWH 
Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, President, Brigham Health

Speakers
1:15 p.m. - Margaret McCarthy, PhD, University of Maryland
“Sex differences in neuroimmunity beget differences in neuroanatomy and behavior”

1:55 p.m. - Catherine Dulac, PhD, Harvard University
“Neurobiology of sex-specific social behaviors”

3:00 p.m. - Arthur Arnold, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
“Role of sex genetics in causing sex differences in the brain”

3:40 p.m. - Sara Mostafavi, PhD, University of British Columbia
“Statistical challenges and opportunities in identifying sex-specific effects in genomic studies”

4:20 p.m. - Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD, Child Mind Institute
“Open science solutions for accelerating the study of

The first annual Women’s Brain Initiative Symposium was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Speakers included:

 

  • Arthur P. Arnold, PhD

Brain Research Institute, UCLA

Role of sex chromosomes in causing sex differences in the brain  

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  • Catherine Dulac, PhD

Harvard University

Neurobiology of sex-specific social behaviors

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  • Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Sex differences in neuroimmunity beget differences in neuroanatomy and behavior

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  • Michael Milham,MD, PhD

Center for the Developing Brain, Child Mind Institute

Open science solutions for accelerating the study of sex differences in the brain

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  • Sara Mostafavi, PhD

University of British Columbia

Statistical challenges and opportunities in identifying sex-specific effects in genomic studies

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For more information, please contact Rayshawna Battle, RBattle@bwh.harvard.edu.

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