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

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.

past roundtables

Learn more about our scientific roundtable discussions.

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October 2013

Sex and Gender Differences in Sleep

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Healthy sleep can be especially elusive for women, and the barriers that they face in maintaining good sleep health are often misunderstood or overlooked. SWHR convened an interdisciplinary scientific roundtable focused on understanding the role of sex differences in sleep and the state of women’s sleep health research.

October 24, 2013 - October 25, 2013

October 2014

Understanding Urologic Health in Women Across the Lifespan

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SWHR convened an interdisciplinary scientific roundtable focused on understanding urologic health in women across the lifespan, as women and girls are disproportionately affected by bladder health issues like urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections.

October 29, 2014 - October 30, 2014

May 2015

Sex and Gender Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease

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A growing body of evidence shows that Alzheimer’s disease differs between women and men. SWHR's second interdisciplinary roundtable on Alzheimer's explored trends in research on sex and gender differences in the disease.

May 28, 2015 - May 29, 2015

October 2017

Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine

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SWHR brought together a group of interdisciplinary experts for a roundtable discussion on sex and gender differences in migraine, a debilitating neurological disease that is three times more common in women than men.

October 2, 2017

April 2018

The State of Research and Care for Endometriosis

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SWHR brought together a group of patients, clinicians, researchers and other relevant stakeholders for a daylong roundtable meeting to identify unmet needs and knowledge gaps in endometriosis, a condition that affects an estimated 10% of reproductive-age women and causes symptoms such as painful periods and heavy bleeding.

April 10, 2018

January 2020

Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Chronic Osteoarthritis Pain in Women

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To address the significant impact of chronic pain on women, SWHR will assemble a group of researchers, clinicians, patients, and health care thought leaders for a meeting on chronic pain in women, with a particular focus on osteoarthritic pain.

January 27 - January 28
Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States

June 2020

Assessing Gaps and Unmet Needs in HPV-Related Disease

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SWHR convenes a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers, clinicians, and patients for a closed-door virtual roundtable meeting on HPV-related disease in women.

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - June 2 @ 3:30 pm EDT
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