roundtables

SWHR routinely convenes interdisciplinary scientific roundtables to bring fresh thinking and thought leadership to critical areas of women’s health.

Our roundtables promote discussion among health care professionals and patients on timely women’s health topics and promote the discovery of new ideas in sex-based biology. For more information on our scientific roundtables, please contact science@swhr.org.

Roundtable Goals

  • Assess the state of the science for a specific disease or condition.
  • Identify knowledge gaps in research, clinical practice, policy, or education.
  • Develop recommendations to address research, clinical, policy, or education gaps.
  • Communicate recommendations widely to promote innovation and eliminate barriers to research and care.
POLICY, ROUNDTABLE, SCIENCE

Fertility Options for Women: Improving Awareness, Access, and Outcomes

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening an interdisciplinary working group for a closed roundtable meeting to discuss how to eliminate barriers to access and reduce health disparities related to treatments for infertility in women.

September 20-21 @ 1:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

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July 2021

Noninvasive Prenatal Screening: Eliminating Barriers to Access and Reducing Disparities

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR convened an interdisciplinary working group for a closed roundtable meeting to discuss how to eliminate barriers to access and reduce health disparities related to genetic screening, with a focus on noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) and expanded carrier screening (ECS).

July 30, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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August 2021

Women’s Immunization Education Initiative: Preventing Infectious Diseases through Vaccinations

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening a working group of public health researchers and professionals, community leaders, patient advocates, and health care providers for a closed, 1-day roundtable meeting in August 2021 to discuss eliminating barriers to information and access and reducing health disparities through the development of educational materials designed to reach women as immunization recipients and decision-makers.

August 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT

September 2021

Fertility Options for Women: Improving Awareness, Access, and Outcomes

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening an interdisciplinary working group in September 2021 for a closed two-day roundtable meeting to discuss how to eliminate barriers to access and reduce health disparities related to treatments for infertility in women.  

September 20, 2021 - September 21, 2021

December 2021

Eye Health Education Roundtable: Understanding Eye Diseases that Disproportionately Affect Women Across the Lifespan

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening a diverse and interdisciplinary working group of clinical and public health researchers, health care providers, patients/patient advocates, and policy leaders for a closed, one-day roundtable meeting in December 2021, to discuss the health, social, and economic impacts of eye diseases that disproportionately affect women’s health.

December 2, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST

March 2022

Narcolepsy Program Roundtable: The Impact of Narcolepsy on Women’s Health Across the Lifespan

Hosted by SWHR

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder of the sleep-wake cycle, characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, nighttime sleep disturbances, and REM sleep-related phenomena that intrude into wakefulness. Narcolepsy is categorized into two types – NT1 associated with cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone during wakefulness) and NT2 without muscle weakness. Narcolepsy can be a debilitating chronic condition with widespread impacts on daily life, including challenges with employment, school, and relationships, particularly for women acting as the primary family caregiver. Difficulty maintaining…

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

April 2022

Bone Health Roundtable: Importance of Women’s Bone Health Throughout the Lifespan

Hosted by SWHR

April 19, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Bone Health Roundtable (Day 1) April 20, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Bone Health Roundtable (Day 2) Approximately 54 million Americans have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis – a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. Risk of bone fracture is higher in women compared to men, in part, because women tend to have smaller, thinner bones and due to the influence of estrogen – a hormone whose protective…

April 19 @ 1:30 pm - April 20 @ 4:00 pm EDT

June 2022

Addressing Barriers in Research and Health Care for Women Living with Lupus

Hosted by SWHR

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissues, creating widespread inflammation and symptoms throughout the body, often resulting in organ tissue damage – most commonly in the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys and blood vessels. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common type of lupus, affecting multiple parts of the body, whereas cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) primarily affects the skin. Sometimes individuals can develop a temporary druginduced lupus due to reactions from certain medications,…

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Empowering Women with Psoriatic Arthritis: Improving the Patient Journey

Hosted by SWHR

More than 8 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by patches of red or discolored and irritated skin, often covered by flaky white or gray scales, depending on the skin type. An estimated 10-30% of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of inflammatory arthritis linked to psoriasis. Of those with PsA, 85% develop the skin disease before the joint disease. Psoriasis often appears between the…

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

August 2022

Addressing Barriers to Care for Women with Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions

Hosted by SWHR

Autoimmune diseases are a group of more than 80 chronic and often disabling diseases that develop when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own healthy organs, tissues, and cells. The rates of autoimmune diseases and conditions in the United States are rising—and women are disproportionately affected. Specifically, 80% of patients diagnosed with autoimmune disorders are women, though gender ratios differ among individual diseases. Sex differences also influence symptom manifestation and severity. While the causes of many autoimmune diseases remain…

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT

SWHR Alzheimer’s Disease Policy Roundtable: Breaking Down the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease for Women

Hosted by SWHR

Of the approximately 5.8 million people in the United States who have Alzheimer’s disease, two-thirds of them are women, and clear racial and ethnic disparities exist in both prevalence and incidence. Further, women have a 30% higher risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease than men, and women disproportionately serve as unpaid Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, which has implications for their work and home life and mental health.  Given the growing aging population in the United States, the burden of Alzheimer’s…

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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