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Aimee L. McRae-Clark,
PharmD, BCPP

Clinical Neuroscience Division
Associate Professor, Departments of
Psychiatry and Neurosciences


Women's Health Research Day at MUSC

APRIL 16, 2015

9 AM – 2 PM

(registration begins at 8:30 AM)

MUSC Bioengineering Building
68 Doughty St, Charleston, SC

 AGENDA (pdf)                          ►  PROGRAM (pdf)



Scientific presentations and poster sessions highlighting sex and gender-based work conducted across campus and statewide.  Featuring keynote speakers:

Rajita Sinha, PhD - "Gender Differences in the Neurobiology of Substance Abuse"
Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, Professor in the Child Study Center & of Neurobiology; Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center; & Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (Yale CTSA)
Dr. Sinha is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of stress on the brain, cognition, behavior, and health. She is well known for her pioneering research on the mechanisms linking stress to maladaptive behaviors that affect health and reduce our ability to function optimally.

Sharon Weissman, MD - "Women and HIV: Epidemiology from the World to Rural South Carolina"
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine & Program Director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship, University of SC
Dr. Weissman is a board certified infectious disease specialist with extensive research experience in the field of infection disease. She has served as principle investigator on many national and international trials, including Community Programs Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA Trials): SMART Trial, FIRST Trial, Adherence Trial, Long Term Maintenance Trial, & Multidrug Resistance Trial.



*  The importance of sex and gender inclusion across biomedical research
*  Sex and gender considerations in experimental design and analysis
*  How the integration of gender balance and gender diversity lead to greater dimension and innovation of content and improve quality of results and outcomes


Women's Health Research Day 2014

We were excited to welcome  Larry Cahill, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at USC-Irvine, as plenary speaker for the second annual Women's Health Research Day (lecture title, Sex and Hemisphere Influences on Emotional Memory: The Burden of Proof has Shifted).  Dr. Cahill is a long-standing leader in the area of brain and memory, and more recently has become one of the most influential leaders on the topic of sex influences on the brain.

View the WHRD 2014 Agenda (pdf)     —     View the WHRD 2014 Program Booklet (pdf)     —     View the Catalyst article about WHRD 2014 (pdf)

Women's Health Research Day 2013

The first annual Women's Health Research Day, held April 18, 2013, included scientific presentations and poster sessions highlighting sex and gender-based work conducted across campus. Plenary speakers included Dr. Harriett de Wit, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago (lecture title, "Determinants of drug preference: Translational Studies") and Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington, Chair of NIDA’s Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research Group and NIDA’s representative to the NIH Coordinating Committee of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (lecture title, "The Ubiquity of Sex/Gender Differences in Drug Abuse").

View the WHRD 2013 Agenda (pdf)     —     View the WHRD 2013 Program Booklet (pdf)