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Conference Program


September 21, 2020

4-5 pm PDT

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

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

Moderator: Dr. Liisa Galea, Lead Women's Health Research Cluster

October 26, 2020

9-10:45 am PDT

Symposium 1: Middle Age, Menopause, and Health

  • The Many Menopauses and Oophorectomy in Middle-aged Women: Are the Changes Early Brain Aging? 
  • Menopause, Hormone Therapy, and Stroke: Lessons Learned from Middle-aged Female Rats 
  • Not Your Mother’s Menopause: What You Can Do to Promote Mid-Life Health 
  • Hormonal influences on Alzheimer’s Disease risk in women 

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

Dr. Gillian Einstein, University of Toronto 

Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Texas A&M University 

Dr. Neill Epperson, University of Colorado 

Dr. Kejal Kantarci, Mayo Clinic

November 16, 2020

9-10 am PST

Women's Health Advocacy

Mom on a Mission: Getting government to enact a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy through the power of media and advocacy.

Menopause UNSpoken: What is NOT being said when we TALK about menopause (...and how it’s keeping women from living their healthiest midlife!)

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

Jamie Charlebois, Co-Founder of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, RN and Perinatal Mood Disorder Coordinator

Shirley Weir, Founder Menopause Chicks 

December 4, 2020

9-10:30 am PST

Symposium 2: Women and Mental Health 

  • Mood disorders during Reproductive Transitions: Circuit and Cellular Substrates of Risk 
  • Mental Health across the Perinatal Period starting Preconception 
  • Mood Disorders and Reproductive Live Events: Translating Research into Clinical Practice

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    Chair: TBD

    Dr. Shau-Ming Wei, NIH/NIMH 

    Dr. Cindy Lee Dennis, University of Toronto 

    Dr. Benicio Frey, McMaster University

    December 11, 2020

    4-5pm PST

    Networking Session: Holiday Virtual Cocktail Hour

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      January 25, 2021

      9-10 am PST

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

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        Dr. Sherri Hayden, University of British Columbia 

        Anne Lyle, NeuroHealth Clinic 

        February 23, 2021

        10-11:30 am PST

        Symposium 3: Traumatic Brain Injury

        • Women and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Life-course Perspective 
        • Moving Ahead: Supporting Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury
        • Title coming soon

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        Chair: TBD

        Dr. Angela Colantonio, University of Toronto 

        Paul van Donkalaar, University of British Columbia Okanagan & Karen Mason, Co-founder and Director of Community Practice for SOAR.

        Speaker coming soon

        March 8, 2021

        9-10:30 am PST

        Symposium 4: Sex Hormones and Metabolic Regulation

        • Impact of Sex Steroid Hormones on the Heart 
        • Brains in transition: How Sex Hormones and Body fat shape the Journey
        • Hormone-induced Adaptations in Body Weight during Pregnancy: Short-term and Long-term Implications

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        Chairs: Elizabeth Rideout, Ph.D., University of British Columbia and Yvonne Lamers, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

        Dr. Susan Howlett, Dalhousie University

        Dr. Julia Sacher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

        Dr. Sharon Ladyman, University of Otago, New Zealand 

        April 23, 2021

        9-10:30 PST

        Symposium 5: Menstrual Cycles, Pregnancy, Brain Health and More

        • Impact of Pregnancy Complications on Maternal and Offspring Cardiovascular Health 
        • Long term Implications of Pregnancy on Brain Health
        • Functional Reorganization of Brain Networks across the Human Menstrual Cycle 

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        Chair: TBD

        Dr. Sandra Davidge, University of Alberta 

        Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia 

        Dr. Emily Jacobs, University of California, Santa Barbara 

        May 17, 2021

        9-10:30 am PST

        Hot Topics Symposium

        • Estrogens and Memory: Translating Basic Research into Therapies for Memory Dysfunction and Menopause
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        Chair: TBD

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

        Speaker coming soon

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        June 10, 2021

        4-5pm PST

        Networking Session: Virtual Cocktail Hour

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