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Connors-BRI Symposium
Incorporating Sex & Gender Into Research

Monday, March 20, 2024 | 2:30PM - 6PM

The Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health and Sex/Gender Medicine is hosting a series of exciting talks and presentations by local researchers, including a keynote address from Rebecca Shansky, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University.

The symposium aims to bring together researchers and clinicians around these topics, as well as highlight research achievements within the community and promote cross-collaborative efforts.

Featured Short Talks

  • Holly Crowe, PhD, MPH, Fellow in Medicine
  • Gabrielle Gilmer, Graduate Student, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department
  • Rebecca Harris, MD, PhD, MA, Instructor in Pediatrics
  • Varun Lingadal, BS, Research Assistant, Endocrinology Department
  • Encarnacion Torres Jimenez, PhD, Fellow in Medicine

Poster Winners

  • Jessica Babb, PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry

  • Mary Dahlgren, PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry

  • Doruntina Fida, MPH, Research Coordinator/Assistant, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology & Psychiatry Department

  • Jennifer Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Pamela Mahon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry        

Poster Session 1

4:45PM - 5:15PM

  1. Doruntina Fida, MPH
    Assessing Clinical Trials Attitudes and Participation Among U.S. Women: Results from a National Survey
  2. Jessica Babb, PhD
    Progesterone decreases opioid seeking in a rat model of opioid use disorder
  3. Pamela Mahon, PhD
    Sex hormones as correlates of oxidative stress in the adult brain
  4. Miles McAllister
    Multifactorial Impact of Age, Race and Female Sex on Management of NSCLC
  1. Cassandra Clift, PhD
    Disease stage-specific proteomic assessment of sex disparities in human calcific aortic valve stenosis
  2. Dylan Campbell, BS
    Interaction of Family History and Sex in Individuals with Psychosis
  3. Elana Kotler
    Exploring Lobar Gray Matter Volume in Women with Current and Lifetime Anorexia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa
  4. Irene Gonsalvez, MD
    Acute Effects of Sleep Interruption on Mood Disturbance and Oxytocin in Women Under High and Low Estradiol Conditions
  5. Jillian Mazzocca
    Accessing the impact of Age on ACL Reconstruction Outcomes in Female Patients
  1. Kasia Kready
    A long-acting prolactin to combat lactation insufficiency
  2. Kota Chin, BS
    Investigating Volumetric Changes in Brain Areas and Mood Regulation after Stopping Hormonal Oral Contraceptives
  3. Lucy Finkelstein-Fox, PhD
    Gender Differences in Communication About Smoking Cessation For Recently-Diagnosed Cancer Patients (ECOG-ACRIN EAQ171CD)
  4. May Navarra, MPH
    Patient Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data Collection for Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  5. Nichola Haddad, MD
    Psychiatry and Sex: From Pathology to Pleasure
  6. Remi Diesler, MD
    TSC2-deficiency drives macrophage polarization in lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).
  7. Zhou Lan
    Population-based microstructural quantile profile

Poster Session 2

5:20PM - 5:50PM

  1. Jennifer Lee, PhD
    The effects of sex and age on the gut microbiota and gut homeostasis in mice.
  2. Mary Dahlgren, PhD
    An Open-Label, Non-Randomized Trial of a High-Cannabidiol Suppository for Menstrual-Related Pain and Discomfort
  1. Aishling Kelly
    Influence of Orexin Neurons on Stress Response in a Menopausal Mouse Model
  1. Brenna LaBarre, PhD
    Sex Specific Differences in Oligodendrocytes and Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells in Progressive MS
  2. Courtney Louis, MA
    Examining Interactive Effects of Anxiety, Dopamine and Estradiol on Neural Oscillatory Activity: Evidence for a Translational Model?
  3. Dylan Spets, PhD
    Impact of Sex and Alzheimer’s Disease Risk on Default Mode Network Connectivity
  4. Ian Vasicka, MD
    Incorporation of sex and gender into research study design: a necessary and often underappreciated perspective in clinical research
  5. Iris Dupanovic, MS
    Advancing Health Equity In Medical Education: Insights from the Sex and Gender Health Collaborative
  1. Julia Wilson, BA
    The Influence of Gender on the Comorbidity between Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  2. Kelly Sagar, PhD
    Exploring the Impact of Sex Assigned at Birth on Treatment Outcomes in a Longitudinal, Observational Study of Medical Cannabis Patients
  3. Lana Vogler
    Sex differences in smooth muscle cell behavior in human ascending aortic aneurysms.
  4. Mary ONeal, MD
    Sex Differences in Functional Seizures
  5. Mayuri Patel
    Deciphering the role of Akt in TFEB phosphorylation: Implications for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  6. Pieter Cory, BS
    The Role of CTHRC1 in the Pathogenesis of LAM
  7. Tina Yi Jin Hsieh, MD, MPH
    Association of Endometriosis and Sleeping Disorders using data from NHANES 2005–2006