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

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May 5, 2024 @ 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


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, 2024
6:10 am - 8:05 am EDT
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