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Our Brain, Ourselves | 30 Years of the NIH Revitalization Act

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April 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm EDT

June 2023 will mark the 30th anniversary of the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, which established guidelines for the inclusion of women and minorities in all NIH-funded research. WHAM is excited to recognize the anniversary of this historic Act by hosting a series of events throughout the year, exploring what’s changed, what hasn’t, and where we need to go next.
Women are disproportionately and differently impacted by diseases and conditions affecting our brains. 2/3 of the 6.7 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and 2/3 of the caregivers are women. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. Yet despite some advances in our understanding in women’s brain health, the field continues to be understudied and underfunded and women are suffering the consequences. Only 1/3 of the animals used in neuroscience research are women and just 12% of the 2019 NIH Alzheimer’s budget went to research focused on women.
Join for this roundtable to learn more about where we are today with women’s brain health and where we need to be, featuring:
  • Meryl Comer, Vice Chair, WHAM; Co-Founder, UsAgainstAlzheimers
  • Dr. Rachel Buckley, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Hospital Research: Effects of menopause and sex differences in Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Rebecca Chopp, Alzheimer’s Advocate and Author; Chancellor Emerita, University of Denver
  • Dr. Malú Gámez Tansey, Co-Director Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease and the Parkinson’s Foundation Research Center of Excellence, College of Medicine, University of Florida Research: Stress, microbiome, and sex differences in immune responses
  • Dr. Sharyn Rossi, Director, Scientific Programs, Neuroscience, BrightFocus Foundation; former Senior Research Scientist, National Institute on Aging Research: Novel interventions to investigate changes in the brain during normal cognitive aging