Women’s Health Multidisciplinary Consortium Launches a “Hot Topics” Seminar Series

The Women’s Health Multidisciplinary Consortium (WHMC), a new initiative focused on creating a unified, multidisciplinary community with a vested interest in advancing the health of women and training the next generation, will begin a “hot topics” seminar series this fall.

The Women’s Health Multidisciplinary Consortium (WHMC)

The Women’s Health Multidisciplinary Consortium (WHMC), a new initiative focused on creating a unified, multidisciplinary community with a vested interest in advancing the health of women and training the next generation, will begin a “hot topics” seminar series this fall led by Jessica Bowser, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Pathobiology and Translational Science (PTS) graduate students Cherise Glodowski, MPhil, and Alina Hamilton, MS.

The WHMC “Hot Topics” Seminar Series is a monthly event curated by the WHMC Planning Committee and supported by the Center for Women’s Health Research and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The seminars are designed to bring together clinical and basic science faculty, fellows, residents, graduate and medical students, and undergraduates from across UNC, with the intention of building awareness of the broad array of research in the UNC community that intersects with improving women’s health and providing an environment for forming new collaborations and training opportunities for trainees. Areas of interest include mental health, endocrinology, infertility, maternal health, hormonal health, birth control and mood disorders, adolescent development, autoimmune disorders, and breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. The seminars are open to all interested individuals.

“I am excited for the seminar series. There is a wealth of outstanding research occurring in women’s health across the UNC campus. The inaugural seminars will showcase the work of these individuals and will bring together the UNC community that have a shared interest in advancing the health of women,” said Dr. Bowser.  “The WHMC is the brainchild of PTS graduate students Cherise Glodowski and Alina Hamilton. They represent the best of the next generation that will continue to advance women’s health.”

WHMC Keynote speakersTo kick off the inaugural “hot topics” seminar series, Drs. Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD, Professor of Gynecological Oncology and Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD, Joe W. and Evelyn M. Grisham Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will deliver keynote lectures on October 11th, 12 – 1pm.

“We have received great support by the Center for Women’s Health Research and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to launch the WHMC.  Our keynote speakers, Drs. Wendy Brewster and Russell Broaddus, are outstanding leaders in their respective disciplines in women’s health research.  Their research contributions along with their excellence in trainee education and advancement represent the great research, mentorship, and excellent training at UNC and the significant advancements being made in women’s health.  We are honored to have them launch our seminar series,” said Dr. Bowser.

The WHMC “hot topics” seminars will be hybrid meetings, with the opportunity to attend in-person with limited capacity and spaced-out seating or by Zoom.  Details for the seminars can be found on the WHMC webpage or by email through the WHMC.  To receive email notifications of WHMC events, click the link here to be added to the email list or contact Jessica Bowser, WHMC Director, jlbowser@email.unc.edu.  Details and the date for the second WHMC “hot topics” seminar titled, “Viruses and Pregnancy: Covid, Zika, and Beyond” will follow shortly.

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