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SWHR Pre-Conference Symposium: Lights, Camera, and Action to Improve Women’s Heart Health

May 5 @ 6:10 am - 8:05 am EDT

Part of the OSSD Annual Meeting

This event is taking place on Sunday, May 5 at 12:10-2:05 p.m. CET, in-person in Bergen, Norway.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is committed to advancing women’s health through science, policy, and education while promoting research on sex differences to optimize women’s health. Although research has documented sex differences in heart health and disease, insufficient attention to the study of sex, gender, and hormones in cardiovascular research and a lack of inclusion of women in clinical studies have perpetuated disparities in women’s heart health. Moreover, data is often not stratified to understand impacts for diverse subpopulations of women. This session will discuss advances, challenges, and opportunities to address cardiovascular disease in women – from the lab to legislation – with insights that can be translated for implementation across the globe. 


12:10 – 12:35 p.m.: Lunch 

12:35 – 12:50 p.m.: Spotlighting Gaps & Opportunities to Improve Women’s Heart Health, presented by Irene O. Aninye, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Society for Women’s Health Research 

 One way that the SWHR has worked to advance cardiovascular research and care for women is by convening experts across disciplines and sectors to survey the scientific landscape and propose research questions, clinical strategies, and policy solutions to address key gaps in the field. This presentation will walk through actions that SWHR has taken to address disparities in women’s heart heath and highlight persistent gaps that still need national and global attention. As women’s health cannot advance without engaging health care advocacy and policy stakeholders, this session will also discuss the central roles that scientists play in advocacy efforts, providing examples of how their involvement has promoted legislative change in the women’s heart health space in the United States. 

12:50 – 1:05 p.m.: Intersecting Realities Concerning Heart Health and Intersectionality, presented by Syreen Goulmamine, MPH, Science Programs Manager, Society for Women’s Health Research 

 Effective public health research acknowledges the complex interplay of various social determinants of health that shape an individual’s risk factors, experiences, and health outcomes. When studying women’s heart health and disease, researchers must consider how women exist within multiple social categories simultaneously, and how these intersecting identities can result in unique health challenges and disparities. Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, access to healthcare, and environmental conditions can all play significant roles in shaping a woman’s risk of developing heart disease and her ability to access timely and appropriate care. By understanding intersectionality, researchers and healthcare professionals can develop more targeted and effective strategies to prevent and manage heart disease in women, ultimately working towards health equity for all individuals regardless of their social identities or circumstances. 

1:05 – 1:20 p.m.: Q&A Panel Discussion 

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.: Roundtable Discussions and Report Outs 

Attendees will have the opportunity to idea storm how they can contribute to their roles and expertise to the interdisciplinary needs of the women’s health ecosystem, as well as the challenges and successes they have experienced in their efforts to move research and policy into practice. Highlights from the small group discussions will be shared with the room.  

2:00 – 2:05 p.m.: Closing Remarks 



The OSSD 2024 Annual Meeting is taking place in Bergen, Norway this May. Find more information about the OSSD 2024 Annual Meeting here

This event is part of OSSD Pre-Conference, that requires registration and fee to attend.


The SWHR Pre-Conference Symposium is one of two events SWHR is hosting during the OSSD Meeting. Check out the other event, on May 6, “SWHR Emerging Scholars in Women’s Health Research Award  Symposium.”


May 5
6:10 am - 8:05 am EDT
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Irene O. Aninye, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Society for Women's Health Research
Irene O. Aninye, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Society for Women's Health Research

Dr. Irene Aninye is the Chief Science Officer at the Society for Women’s Health Research, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. She steers SWHR’s science programs to increase investment in research on biological sex differences and awareness of health conditions and diseases that differently, disproportionately, or exclusively affect women. Prior to SWHR, Aninye led strategy teams for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to build research capacity and competitiveness and evaluate STEM research and training programs for universities and national consortia. Dr. Aninye’s research background in endocrinology and metabolism investigated sex steroid hormone-receptor action in development, reproduction, and disease. She also brings expertise in facilitating scientific and leadership development training for researchers and professionals across all career stages, and service on advisory boards for organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, National Health Council, and Endocrine Society USA. A Washington, DC, native, Aninye earned her BS in Biochemistry as a Meyerhoff Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Syreen Goulmamine, MPH
Science Programs Manager, Society for Women's Health Research
Syreen Goulmamine, MPH
Science Programs Manager, Society for Women's Health Research

Syreen Goulmamine is a seasoned scientist and public health expert. In her role as SWHR’s Science Programs Manager, Syreen directs multiple projects and teams effectively, delivering clear, evidence-based outputs and outcomes. Before joining SWHR, Syreen worked as a scientist and clinical trial report writer in the pharmaceutical industry, where she eventually began consulting for Fortune 500 companies and biotech startups. Her proficiency in simplifying complex scientific information, and her role as a subject matter expert is reflected through her presentations at notable conferences such as those organized by the American Association for Immunologists, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the National Institutes of Health. She is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for equity and inclusion, serving on various leadership and board positions including the Virginia Diabetes Council Board, the AMCHP Global Health Working Group, AcademyHealth’s Health Equity Interest Group Advisory Committee, George Mason University’s College of Public Health Alumni Board, and Randolph-Macon College’s Advisory Board for Physician Assistant Program and Young Alumni Board, and a Public Health AmeriCorps volunteer. Syreen’s academic credentials include an MPH in epidemiology from George Mason University, and a BS in Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Spanish from Randolph-Macon College.