Women’s Brain Initiative

 WBI Seminar Series

The Women’s Brain Initiative is pleased to announce the WBI Seminar Series. Seminars are normally held from 4:00 — 5:00pm in the Marshall Wolf Conference Center, 3rd floor of the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (60 Fenwood Road), unless otherwise noted. A reception will follow each seminar. Attendance is encouraged from across the Longwood and Harvard communities, and beyond. For more information, contact: Aaron Brown: abrown101@bwh.harvard.edu

2020 Seminar Series

Save the dates!


January 7, 2020, 4 – 5pm, reception to follow

C. Neill Epperson, MD                                                                                                              

  • Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Interests: Sex hormones & psychiatric conditions

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January 22, 2020, 4 – 5pm, reception to follow

Steve Kanes, MDPhD

  • Chief Medical Officer, Sage Pharmaceuticals
  • Interests: Development of Zulresso, postpartum depression and clinical trials


February 24, 2020, 4 -5pm, reception to follow  

Allan Basbaum, PhD                                                                                        

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco
  • Interests: Pain and mechanisms resulting in persistent pain


May 13, 2020, 4 -5pm, via zoom                                 

Benjamin Neale, PhD

  • Director, Genetics – Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute
  • Associate Professor, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, MGH
  • Interests: Genes do not predict same-sex sexual behavior

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June 8, 2020, 4 – 5pm, via zoom   

Roberta Brinton, PhD                                                                         

  • Director, UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science, University of Arizona Health Sciences
  • Interests: Alzheimer’s, the aging female brain & therapeutics

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September 14, 2020, 4 – 5pm, via zoom   

Steven McCarroll, PhD

  • Dorothy and Milton Flier Associate Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School Member, Broad Institute
  • Interests: Genetics of brain disorders

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September 30, 2020, 4 – 5pm, via zoom   

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD

  • Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Interests: Sex differences in the molecular mechanism of depression & addiction

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Nirao Shah MD, PhD                                                                                                                            

  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Neurobiology, Stanford University
  • Interests: How genes, neurons & experience regulate gender differences in behavior, etc.
  • Dr Shah’s talk was scheduled for April 6 but was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.  He looks forward to visiting BWH in person when circumstances permit

Past Seminar Series

HELD December 18, 2018

Deborah Clegg, PhD

  • Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Talk Title:  The Role of Sex and Gender in Metabolic Health and Function

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Michelle Mielke, PhD

  • Mayo Clinic – Rochester
  • Sex-specific differences in risk and progression of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases

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Scott Russo, PhD

  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • Immune Mechanisms of Depression

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HELD MARCH 28, 2019

Catherine Woolley, PhD

  • Northwestern University
  • Latent Sex Differences in Mechanisms of Neuromodulation

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HELD APRIL 30, 2019

Andrea Gore, PhD

  • University of Texas – Austin
  • Hormonal effects on brain, impact of endocrine disruptors

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HELD JUNE 24, 2019

David C. Page, MD

  • Whitehead Institute, MIT and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Evolution and function of sex chromosomes



The Women’s Brain Initiative Seminar Series will continue to identify and schedule relevant speakers over the next several years. We welcome suggestions about future topics and speakers. Please contact Kate Burdick (kburdick1@bwh.harvard.edu) or Charles Jennings (Cgjennings@bwh.harvard.edu).