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Conference Program

Tentative Program 

Day 1: Monday, April 12th, 2021 | Time: 1:00pm – 7:30pm 
Time  session speaker(s)
1:00pm Poster Set up

1:15pm - 2:45pm 

Trainee - Mentor Lunch Session

 (Sponsored by the UBC Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Trainee Network)


Mind Over Matter-Fact or Fiction:  Understanding Women's Brain-Mind-Body Connections for Health and Wellness

Dr. Sherri Hayden, University of British Columbia 

Anne Lyle, NeuroHealth Clinic 

2:45pm - 3:00pm 


Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia

3:00pm - 4:45pm 

Hot Topics Symposium


4:45pm - 5:00pm 

Break: Poster Session/Networking 

5:00pm - 5:30pm 

Special Presentation

Menopause UNSpoken: What is NOT being said when we TALK about menopause

(…and how it’s keeping women from living their healthiest midlife!)

Shirley Weir, Founder Menopause Chicks 

 5:30pm - 6:30pm 


Opening Plenary 

Rethinking Estrogen, Yet Again: The Science and Politics of Hormone Therapy in Menopause 

Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Carol Tavris, Social Psychologist and co-author of Estrogen Matters 

6:30pm -  7:30pm 

Networking Reception/Posters 

Day 2: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 | Time: 7:30am – 6:30pm 
time session speaker(s)

7:30am - 8:20am 

Breakfast & Networking/Poster 

8:00am - 8:05am

Welcome Back 

Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia 
Symposium 1: Middle age, Menopause, and health 

Chair: Karyn M. Frick, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

8:05am - 9:45am 

The Many Menopauses and Oophorectomy in Middle-aged Women: Are the Changes Early Brain Aging? 

Dr. Gillian Einstein, University of Toronto 

Menopause, Hormone Therapy, and Stroke: Lessons Learned from Middle-aged Female Rats 

Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Texas A&M University 

Not Your Mother’s Menopause: What You Can Do to Promote Mid-Life Health 

Dr. Neill Epperson, University of Colorado 

Hormonal influences on Alzheimer’s Disease risk in women 

Dr. Kejal Kantarci, Mayo Clinic 

9:45am - 10:00am 

Break: Poster Session/Networking 

Symposium 2: Traumatic Brain Injury and Menstrual Cycle 


10:00am - 11:15am 


Functional Reorganization of Brain Networks across the Human Menstrual Cycle 

Dr. Emily Jacobs, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Women and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Life-course Perspective 

Dr. Angela Colantonio, University of Toronto 

Moving Ahead: Supporting Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

Paul van Donkalaar and Karen Mason, University of British Columbia - Okanagan 

11:15am - 11:45am 


Special Presentation

Mom On A Mission: Getting government to enact a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy through the Power of Media and Advocacy 


Patricia Tomasi, Journalist & Co-Founder of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative 


11:45am - 1:00pm 

Lunch/Poster Session 

Symposium 3: Women and Mental Health 


1:00pm - 2:15pm 


Mood disorders during Reproductive Transitions: Circuit and Cellular Substrates of Risk 

Dr. Shau-Ming Wei, NIH/NIMH 

Mental Health across the Perinatal Period starting Preconception 

Dr. Cindy Lee Dennis, University of Toronto 

Mood Disorders and Reproductive Live Events: Translating Research into Clinical Practice 

Dr. Benicio Frey, McMaster University

2:15pm - 2:30pm 

Break: Poster Session/Networking 

Symposium 4: Pregnancy and Brain Health 


2:30pm - 3:45pm 


Impact of Pregnancy Complications on Maternal and Offspring Cardiovascular Health 

Dr. Sandra Davidge, University of Alberta 

Long term Implications of Pregnancy on Brain Health

Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia 

Hormone-induced Adaptations in Body Weight during Pregnancy: Short-term and Long-term Implications

Dr. Sharon Ladyman, University of Otago, New Zealand 

Women’s Brain Health Initiative Young Investigators Symposium – 5 talks chosen based on the results of the Abstract Call

Chairs: Kate Wahl, Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia 

             Wansu Qiu, Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Symposium 5: Nutrition, Metabolism and Women’s Brain Health 

Chair: Elizabeth Rideout, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

           Yvonne Lamers, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

4:30pm - 5:45pm 


Impact of Sex Steroid Hormones on the Heart 

Dr. Susan Howlett, Dalhousie University

Brains in transition: How Sex Hormones and Body fat shape the Journey Dr. Julia Sacher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

The journey to equity in women’s heart and brain research funding: A funder’s perspective

Anne Simard, Heart and Stroke Foundation

5:45pm - 6:30pm 

Closing Award Ceremony Wine and Cheese Reception 

Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia