The 12th annual Women in Medicine & Science Symposium (WMSS) was on
Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

The Women in Medicine and Science Symposium highlights the achievements of women faculty and trainees at Brigham and Women’s and Mass General Hospitals. The Symposium celebrates the accomplishments of women faculty and trainees across different disciplines – including basic science, clinical and translational research, clinical innovation, and education – with the goal of strengthening the MGB community.

WMSS 2023
Marcela del Carmen, MD Keynote: “If me, then you: Attaining leadership through growth opportunities”
Speaker: Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH 

Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH is the Chair of Pediatrics at MassGeneral for Children and the Chair of Pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She previously served as the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) for nearly 30 years. She also served as the Vice President for Faculty Development at the Dana-Farber. She is Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She holds an MD degree (1990) from Harvard Medical School and an MPH (1998) from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr Wolfe’s research is focused on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families. She also co-directs the Multinational Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network.

2023 MGH Oral Presentations
  • Claire Castro, PhD, "Functional role of placental senescence in peripartum cardiomyopathy"
  • Parisa Kaviani, MD, "AI-based urinary calculi detection, localization, and quantification on abdomen-pelvis CT: a multicenter, international internal testing and external validation study"

2023 BWH Oral Presentations

  • Mabel Seto, PhD, “Genes that escape X chromosome inactivation are associated with Alzheimer’s disease clinicopathology: findings from the Religious Order Study/Memory and Aging Project (ROSMAP)”
  • Rajae Talbi, PhD, “Melanocortin 4 Receptors differentially regulate the tonic versus preovulatory release of GnRH in females”

2023 MGH Poster Presentations
  • Manisha Bahl, MD, MPH, "Prediction of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Upgrade Risk Using Machine Learning Models"
  • Lauren Breithaupt, PhD, "Anti-inflammatory Activity of Estradiol as a Therapeutic Opportunity for Anorexia Nervosa: Evidence from Peripheral Blood-Based Biomarkers, In Vivo Imaging of the Brain Barrier, and Extracellular Free Water"
  • So Mi Cho, PhD, "Genetic, sociodemographic, lifestyle, and clinical risk factors of recurrent coronary artery disease events: population-based cohort study"
  • Roshan Fahimi, MD, "Multi-fracture AI algorithm for triage and detection of multi-body-part fractures in multicenter radiography"
  • Nitya Jain, PhD, "RXRA regulates the development of resident tissue macrophages"
  • Mikyung Kang, PhD, "Radiation-activated drug release for cancer therapy"
  • Jisun Ki, PhD, "Development of a colorimetric-based portable sensor for on-site detection of airborne bacteria"
  • Rachel Knipe, MD, "Endothelial Rho Kinase 2 (ROCK2) Upregulation in Expanded Ectopic COL15A1+ Systemic Venous Vessels in Pulmonary Fibrosis"
  • Josephine Li, MD, "Supporting Our Physician Parents (SOPPort): A Pilot Program for Parental Wellness at the Massachusetts General Hospital"
  • Lisa Lin, MD, MBBE, "A Deep Learning Model for Screening Computed Tomography Imaging for Thyroid Eye Disease and Compressive Optic Neuropathy"
  • Anastasie Mate, PharmD, PhD, "Tau seeding and spreading in vivo is supported by both AD-derived fibrillar and oligomeric tau"
  • Jacquelyn Nestor, MD, PhD, "Low Dose Hydroxychloroquine Use Associated with Increased Hospitalizations in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus"
  • Wen Shi, PhD, "Automated channel-wise prediction of epileptogenic cortex from intracranial interictal spike ripple rate"
  • Jessica Shui, MD, "Identifying Optimal PEEP in Neonates with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia"


2023 BWH Poster Presentations

  • Jingyi Cao, PhD, “Therapeutic remodeling of cell–cell interactions in pancreatic cancer revealed by single-cell spatial transcriptomics”
  • Priyadarshini Kachroo, PhD, “Metabolomic signatures of the steroid biosynthesis driving sex differences in asthma”
  • Katie Lee, MD, PhD, “Association Between Artificial Intelligence-Derived Tumor Volume and Oncologic Outcomes for Localized Prostate Cancer”
  • Yan Ma, MD, MPH, “Heart rate variability during sleep onset in subjects with and without insomnia”
  • Cassidy Mays, “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for a Neonatal Model of Sepsis”
  • Bidisha Mitra, PhD, “Key Roles of Epstein-Barr Virus Oncogene Latent Membrane Protein 1 Transformation Essential Domains in B Cell Gene Regulation”
  • Madeline Pesec, MD, ScM, “The Effect of Primary Health Care on Mortality: Evidence from Costa Rica”
  • Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD, “Preoperative Temporal Summation of Pain Moderates the Efficacy of Ketamine in Inhibiting Postoperative Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
  • Sasha Singh, MSc, PhD, “Mass spectrometry-enabled tracer kinetics in humans demonstrates HDL’s heterogeneous and complex metabolic structure”
  • Kisha Sivanathan, PhD, “Charting the cellular biogeography in colitis reveals fibroblast trajectories and coordinated spatial remodeling”
  • Alice Tang, MD. “Immunosuppression and Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSVE)”
  • Shilpa Vijayakumar, MD, “Functional Status and Heart-Failure-Related Quality of Life Improve Following Therapy in Light Chain Amyloid Cardiomyopathy”
  • Jeong Yee, PharmD, PHD, “Association of Anxiety, Depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder with Cardiovascular Disease and All-cause Mortality Risk among Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in the All of Us Research Program”

  • BWH Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC)
  • BWH Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine
  • Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Office for Research Careers (ORC)
  • BWH Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
  • MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC)
  • Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) Frigoletto Committee on Physician Well-Being
  • Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) and Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)
Call for Applications


The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations is open to all women faculty and trainees (instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, professors, residents, clinical fellows, research fellows) in a BWH/MGH-affiliated department. Authorship should include all project team members. All faculty and trainees are encouraged to attend, whether they make a presentation or not. Since this is not considered a national or regional meeting, previously presented talks are admissible. Furthermore, presenting at this meeting is not a deterrent for future national/regional meetings. 

Application Requirements

1. Prepare Abstract
All abstracts must adhere to 200 word limit and be a “.doc” file. Basic science research, clinical research, translational research, and clinical innovation project abstracts are welcome.  Please structure your abstract with the 4 sub-sections: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Any abstracts not in this format will be returned for editing.

2. Prepare Personal Statement

All personal statements must adhere to a 100 word limit and be typed into the application. The personal statement should include why you feel it’s important to participate in the Women in Medicine and Science Symposium. Please include your research/clinical/innovation interests.

3. Complete the Online Application


The review committee will select abstracts to be given as oral presentations and a series of poster presentations at the Women in Medicine & Science Symposium. Please note that there are not separate categories for the submission of abstracts for presentation – the Selection Committee reserves the right to choose which abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations and which will be selected for poster presentations. Submitted abstracts may be included in an event booklet. 

2022 Keynote Address: "From the Nile to the Charles River"

Dr. Nawal Nour holds the Kate Macy Ladd Professorship at Harvard Medical School and is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is also the Founding Director of the African Women’s Health Center. She previously served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Faculty, Trainees, and Students; Director of Ambulatory Obstetrics & Gynecology; and Director of Global Obstetrics and Gynecologic Health.

After attending Brown University Dr. Nour received her MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital before completing an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Nour has been named one of Forbes 40 Women to Watch Over 40. Her research concentrates on health and policy issues related to female genital cutting (FGC) while her practice provides care to women who have undergone this practice. For her establishment of the African Women’s Health Center, the only hospital center in the US that focuses on supporting the physical and emotional needs of those who have undergone FGC, Dr. Nour has been honored as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She  received honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College for her community work and outreach. Dr. Nour is the recipient of the American Medical Women’s Association Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award.

Dr. Nour presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a Board Trustee and Secretary of the World Peace Foundation.  She sits on the Board of Registration in Medicine and the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crime. She also serves as a Congress Chair for the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).

2022 Oral Presentations

MGH Oral Presentations
  • Yumiko Ishizawa, MD, PhD, MPH, "Dynamics of the Brain Recovery following General Anesthesia in Nonhuman Primates"
  • Jana Jarolimova, MD, MPH, "Sexually transmitted infection testing integrated with HIV prevention and contraceptive services in hair salons in urban South Africa"
BWH Oral Presentations
  • Jingjing Gao, PhD, “A rapidly recovering hydrogel-based delivery of disease modifying drug reduces osteoarthritis progression in active joints”
  • Alexandra Purdue-Smithe, PhD, “A prospective study of migraine and aura phenotype and the risk of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and ectopic pregnancy"
2022 Lightning Round Presentations
MGH Lightning Round Presentations
  • Jehan Alladina, MD, "A human model of asthma exacerbation identifies pathogenic airway immune circuits specific to asthma"
  • Maeva Dhaynaut, PhD, "Tau aggregation in American-style football players exposed to repetitive head injury measured by positron emission tomography"
  • Monica Majumdar, MD, MPH, "Identifying Sex Dimorphism in Peripheral Artery Disease with Platelet Mapping"
  • Yakeel Quiroz, PhD, "APOE and cognitive functioning in individuals with autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease due to the PSEN1 E280A mutation"
BWH Lightning Round Presentations
  • Caroline Goedmakers, “Using Deep Learning to predict Adjacent Segment Disease on Pre-Operative Cervical MRI Images for Patients Undergoing Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion”
  • Jingyi Qian, PhD, “Association of Timing of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity with Changes in Glycemic Control over 4 Years in The Look AHEAD Trial”
  • Naoko Sasamoto, MD, PhD, “Plasma proteomic profiles associated with persistent postsurgical pelvic pain in adolescents and young adults with endometriosis”
  • Zoe Swank, PhD, “Persistent circulating SARS-CoV-2 spike is associated with post-acute COVID-19 sequelae”

  • BWH Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC)
  • BWH Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine
  • Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Office for Research Careers (ORC)
  • BWH Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
  • MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC)
  • Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) Frigoletto Committee on Physician Well-Being
  • Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) and Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)
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