Date:  May 28-29, 2015

About:  SWHR held its second interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on sex and gender differences in Alzheimer’s disease. The roundtable included 13 experts from diverse disciplines, including basic scientists, clinicians, behavioral scientists and advocates focused on the caretaker role, and federal government representatives.

Goal: The meeting’s goal was to explore the state-of-the-science and discuss trends in research since SWHR’s last roundtable meeting on Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.


  • Discuss state-of-the science and examine knowledge gaps related to sex and gender differences in basic science, clinical research and psychosocial research;
  • Focus on key topic areas including sex hormones, disease mechanistic pathways, current diagnostic tools and disease risk factors;
  • Examine gender-specific issues related to caregiving; and
  • Investigate the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on women’s health


  • Roberta Brinton, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Meryl Comer, Geoffery Beane Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
  • Sara Czaja, PhD, University of Miami
  • Jeffrey Illiff, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Kejal Kantarci, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Pauline Maki, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mary Mittelman, DrPH, Langone Medical Center
  • Darby Morhardt, MSW, Northwestern University
  • John Morrison, PhD, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Duygu Tosun-Turgut, PhD, University of California at San Francisco
  • Reisa Sperling, MD, Harvard University

Government Representative(s):

  • Nancy Lee, MD, Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Susan Resnick, PhD, National Institutes of Health

Educational Materials: Click here for Alzheimer’s resources and past programs.

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