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Mind the Gap: Hormonal Contraceptives and Brain Health

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October 5, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

In this virtual conference series, the Women’s Health Research Cluster will be hosting bi-weekly events including two keynote talks, four symposia, trainee mentor sessions, guest workshops and a roundtable discussion where attendees will co-create create a blueprint for future research on hormonal contraceptives. You are invited to join all of these gatherings, or pick and choose which ones you want to attend. 

This virtual conference series will dig into unique aspects of hormonal contraceptives and the examined effects of these hormones on the brain. It will engage researchers, clinicians, community partners, trainees, and policymakers to share research and develop strategies to spotlight the need for consideration of female-specific factors to improve women+’s brain health. The overall objective of this conference is to bring attention to the brain health issues that women+ face and encourage the medical, scientific and commercial communities to address them. 

Events in the series include:

  • October 5th, 2022, 10AM – 11:15AM PDT | Session 1: Opening conference remarks
  • October 26th, 2022, 10AM – 11:45AM PDT | Session 2: Symposium 1: Imaging the Brain on Hormonal Contraceptives
  • November 10th, 2022, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 3: Indigenous women’s health session: Marisa Blake from Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • November 23rd, 2022, 10AM – 12PM PDT | Session 4: Trainee Poster Session
  • November 30th, 2022, 10AM – 11:45AM PDT | Session 5: Symposium 3: Hormonal Contraceptives Effects on Mental Health
  • December 8th, 2022, 4PM – 5PM PDT | Session 6: Trainee-Mentor Networking Session
  • January 12th, 2023, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 7: Workshop: Gender and Hormonal Contraceptives
  • January 26th, 2023, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 8: Symposium 4: Hormonal Contraceptives and Risks for Women’s Health
  • February 9th, 2023, 11AM – 12PM PDT | Session 9: Workshop: Trainee-Mentor workshop on brain imaging studies
  • February 23rd, 2023, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 10: Workshop: Animal models
  • March 8th, 2023, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 11: Keynote Talk
  • March 23rd, 2023, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 12: Symposium 2: Hormonal Contraceptives and Cognition
  • March 30th, 2023, 10AM – 11AM PDT | Session 13: Expert Round-Table Discussion