The Women's Health Research Monthly Forums were introduced by the Institute in September 2008.  The monthly forums were developed to address a significant barrier to advancing women’s health research: lack of awareness among health professionals and researchers that sex and gender matter in health and disease. Through the monthly forums, the Institute provides a platform for leading professionals to present their evidence-based research that focuses on basic science, clinical applications, or social implications of sexual dimorphisms.  Each month over 200 faculty and staff from Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital attend the forum - some are new attendees and many more are returning attendees who have come back for additional authoritative women's health knowledge.  Forum lecture notes and videos are available for select lectures and can be found below.

There are three key objectives of the monthly forums: 1)  To present current links between basic science research, clinical research and social/behavioral research to advance women's health. 2) To provide support and role models for emerging women's health scholars via those who are already conducting sex- and gender-specific research, and 3) To encourage more sex- and gender-based research studies and clinical care.

In October 2015, the Women's Health Research Institute partnered with Northwestern Medicine to provide overviews on sex-inclusive medicine in specific clinical areas. Please follow the links below to watch these videos and learn about sex differences in these specific clinical areas:

Cardiology, presented by Dr. Marla Mendelson

Depression, presented by Dr. Sheehan Fisher

Dermatology and Skin Disease, presented by Dr. Bethanee Schlosser

Gastroenterology and Behavioral Medicine, presented by Dr. Sarah Kinsinger

HIV, presented by Dr. Sarah Sutton

Neurology, presented b Dr. Elizabeth Gerard

Pelvic Health, presented by Dr. Kimberly Kenton

Rheumatology, presented by Dr. Rosalind Ramsey Goldman

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for these forums.  

Past Monthly Forums

April 18th, 2017 - Sex Differences in Maternal Phenotype, Maternal Metabolites and Newborn Metabolites in the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) Study European Cohort -- Dr. Victoria Sandler 

March 21st, 2017 - Depression in Women: 7 Strategies to Improve Treatment Outcomes -- Dr. Katherine Wisner 

February 21st, 2017 - Expanding the Scope of Mindfulness: Examining the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of a mindfulness based intervention for depressed women in an urban Federally Qualified Health Center -- Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler

December 13th, 2016 - Innovations in Assisted Reproductive Technologies --Dr. Eve Feinberg, Click here to watch the lecture video! 

November 15th, 2016 -  Differences in Sex Development: What We Know and So Much We Don't --Dr. Courtney Finlayson, Click here to watch the lecture video!  

October 18th, 2016 - Behavioral Treatments for Women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome --Dr. Sarah Kinsinger, Click here to watch the lecture video! 

September 13th, 2016 - Why Sex Matters in Multiple Sclerosis and Other Autoimmune Diseases --Dr. Melissa Brown, Click here to watch the lecture video

July 19, 2016- An Affective Neuroscience Model of Prenatal Health Behavior Change --Dr. Suena Massey, Click here to watch the lecture video! 

June 14, 2016- Preeclampsia of Pregnancy: The Path Towards Prevention--Dr. Catherine Stika and Dr. Katherine Wisner, Click here to watch lecture video!

May 10, 2016- Genetics and Personalized Medicine--Dr. Elizabeth McNally, Click here to watch lecture video!

April 19, 2016- Back to the Basics: the Fundamental Importance of Partnership to Improve Population Health--Dr. Melissa Simon

March 22, 2016- Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment: Now and the Future--Dr. Paula Stern and Dr. Allison Hahr, Click here to watch lecture video! 

January 19, 2016-Medications and Pregnancy: Balancing Risks, Benefits, Metabolism, and Disease--Dr. Crystal Clark, Click here to watch lecture video!

December 15, 2015- None Born Positive: Elimination of Maternal to Child HIV Transmission--Dr. Emily Miller, Click here to watch lecture video!

November 3, 2015- Intimate Partner Violence: Driving Forward Toward Solutions--Dr. Judy Chang, This forum is sponsored by the Hollister fund Click here to watch lecture video!

October 20, 2015- The Upsetting Truth about Modern Medicine: Why We Need to Balance the Study of Males and Females--Teresa Woodruff, PhD Click here to watch video!

June 9, 2015- Medicinal Plants and Food as Medicine--Melinda Ring, MD

May 12, 2015- Ménage à Trois: Control of Autoimmune Diseases by Genes, Sex, and Microbes--Jayne Danska, PhD

April 7, 2015- Prognostic and Predictive Factors in Breast Cancer: the Breast Pathologist's Perspective--K.P. Siziopiku, MD, PhD

March 10, 2015- Sleep and Sleep Disorders: Implications for Women's Health--Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

February 10, 2015- New Advances in the Repair of Skin and Hair Disorders--Amy Paller, MD; Murad Alam, MD; Maria Colavincenzo, MD

January 20, 2015-Sex from Bench to Bedside: How Investigating Sex Differences Could Ultimately Help Cure Diabetes--Kirstie Danielson, PhD

December 16, 2014- Women and Strokes--Ilana Ruff, MD

November 11, 2014- The Social Behavior of Women and Men: Nature and Nurture Working Together--Alice Eagly, PhD (Lecture Notes Available)

October 21, 2014-Sexual Dimorphism in Musculoskeletal Conditions--Laura Bruse Gehrig, MD (Lecture Slides Available)

September 16, 2014- Slip Sliding Away? Post Menopause Sexual Health--Lauren Streicher, MD

July 15, 2014--Pregnancy Through Childhood: Do Fathers Matter?--Sheehan Fisher, Ph.D. (Lecture Notes Available)

June 17, 2014- Sex and Drugs: Do Medications Affect Men and Women Differently?--Steven Belknap, MD (Lecture Notes Available)

May 15, 2014- National Women's Health Week Special Event featuring Mercedes Carnethon, PhD on Metabolically Healthy Obese: Reality or Fantasy? (Lecture Slides Available)

March 18, 2014- Vascular Disease and Pregnancy: Unraveling the Cause of Preeclampsia--Susan E. Quaggin, MD (Lecture Notes Available)

February 18, 2014- Rheumatology Issues in Women--Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD (Lecture Slides Available)

January 21, 2014- Building Bionics--Todd A. Kuiken, MD/PhD (Lecture Notes Available

December 17, 2013- Recent Advances in Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women--Kimberly Kenton, MD,MS (Lecture Slides Available)

November 6, 2013- Lean InClusion: Ensuring Sex/Gender Representation from Cells to Selves -- Dr. Janine Clayton, Director for the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and Associate Director for the NIH Research on Women's Health (PowerPoint Presentation Available)

October 2, 2013- Update on Breast Cancer Prevention & Treatment--Virginia Kaklamani, MD, DSc, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine (Lecture Notes Available)

September 17, 2013- Restarting the Menopause Discussion: From Confusion to Clarity--Elena Kamel, MD, Managing Partner of The Women's Group of Northwestern and an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine (Lecture Notes Available

July 16, 2013- Reproductive Related Depressions:  Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Perinatal Depression and Perimenopausal Depression--Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Asher Center for Research and Treatment of Depressive Disorders. (Lecture Notes Available and PowerPoint Presentation Available)

June 11, 2013-  Improving Maternal Health across the Globe:  The Case for Misoprostal--Stacie Geller, PhD, G. Willam Arends Professor of OB/GYN, University of Illinois (Lecture Notes Available)

May 14, 2013- National Women's Health Week Special Forum on Nutrition and Diet--Holly Herrington, MS, RD, LDN, Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern (Lecture Notes Available)

April 9, 2013-  Importance of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep for Female Reproductive and Metabolic Health-Fred Turek, PhD, Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology, NU(Lecture Video Available)

March 12, 2013 - Maternal Fetal Programming of Vitamin D--Jami Josefson, MD, Pediatric Encrinology, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lecture Notes Available)

February 12, 2013 - Why Women's Wrongful Convictions are Different--Judy Royal, JD, Women's Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern Law (Lecture Notes Available)

January 15, 2013 - Women and Headaches--Yvonne Curran, MD, Women's Neurology Clinic, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (Lecture Notes Available)

December 18, 2012 - New Hope for Women with HIV/AIDS--Patricia Garcia, MD, OB/GYN, Northwestern (Lecture Notes Available)

November 13, 2012 - Women's Mental Health-Harnessing the Power, Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS, (Lecture Notes Available)

October 2, 2012 - The Influence of Hormones on Sleep, Hrayr Attarian, MD, (Lecture Notes Available)

Septermber 11, 2012 - What Women and ther Providers can expect from the Affordable Care Act, Debra Stulberg, MD, (Lecture Notes Available)

May 15, 2012 - Increasing Women's Leadership in Academic Medicine and Science: What's Taking so Long?, Molly Carnes, MD (Lecture Notes Available)

April 24, 2012 - Estrogen and the Skin: Friend or Foe, Bethanee Schlosser, PhD, MD (Lecture Notes Available)

March 20, 2012 - Seizures and Epilepsy: A Case for Specialized Neurologic Care for Women, Elizabeth Gerard, MD (Lecture Notes Available)

February 21, 2012 - American Heart Association's 2020 Strategic Impact Goals:  Implications for Women, Norrina Bai Allen, PhD (Lecture Notes Available)

January 17, 2012 - Estrogen and the Menopausal Years- Catherine Stika, MD, Northwestern University (Lecture Notes Available)

December 13, 2011 - A Scientific Update on Estrogen and Cognition- Pauline Maki, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago (Lecture Notes Available)

November 1, 2011 - Estrogen and Sexual Health - Lauren Streicher, MD, Northwestern University (Lecture Notes Available)

September 28, 2011 - Estrogen Across the Female Life - Catherine Stika, MD, Northwestern University (Lecture Notes Available)

July 19, 2011 - Oncofertility: Translations in Multiple Dimensions - Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern Univerisity  (Lecture Notes Available)

June 21, 2011 - Osteoporosis: Balancing Benefits and Risks of Pharmacologic Therapy - Beatrice Edwards, MD, Northwestern University (Lecture Notes Available)

May 10, 2011 - Staying Active Across the Female Life - Ellen Casey, MD, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Lecture Notes Available)

April 19, 2011 - Generations at Risk? Reproductive Health and the Environment - Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco (Lecture Notes Available)

March 22, 2011 - Introduction to Toxicology and Trends in Poisoning - Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, Illinois Poison Center

February 22, 2011 - The Risk of Heart Disease in Women of All Ages - Marla Mendelson, MD, Northwestern University

December 14, 2010 - Scleroderma - Virginia Steen, MD, Georgetown University

November 2010 - Nanodiamond-Based Platforms for Drug Delivery, Dean Ho, PhD

October 2010 - Effective Measures to Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer - Steven J Stryker, MD

September 2010 - Ungangling the Web of Women, Smoking and Weight - Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABBP

June 2010 - Use of Simulation Technology to Demonstrate the Complexity of Clinical Breast Disease - Carla Pugh, MD, PhD

May 2010 - What we do (and don't) know about the role of gender in influencing patient-provider communication - Marla Clayman, MD, PhD

April 2010 - Enhancing Surgical Efficacy in Women and Pelvic Floor Disorders - Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, FACS, FACOG

March 2010 - Using a Lifestyle Pattern Approach to Weight Management - Robert F Kushner, MD

February 2010 - Women and Cardiovascular Disease - Martha Gulati, MD, MS FACC

January 2010 - Sleep and Depression - Rosanne Armitage, PhD, University of Michigan

December 2009 - Alternative to Hysterectomy - Dana Gosset, MD, Northwestern University

November 2009 - African American Women and HIV/AIDS - Celeste Watkins, PhD, Northwestern University

October 2009 - Estrogen and Men - Jeffrey Weiss, PhD, Northwestern University

September 2009 - Sports Injury of the Knee - Cynthia LaBella, Northwestern University

June 2009 - Menopause - Melinda Ring, MD, Northwestern University

May 2009 - Musculoskeletal Conditions, Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, Northwestern University

April 2009 - HPV - Laimonis Laimins, PhD, Northwestern University

March 2009 - Peripheral Arterial Disease - Melina Kibbe, MD, RVT, Northwestern University

February 2009 - Pain - May Chin, MD, George Washington University

January 2009 - Eye Health - Janine Austin Clayton, MD, NIH

December 2008 - Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation - Alice Dreger, PhD, Northwestern University

November 2008 - Biology of Depression - Jackie Gollan, PhD, Northwestern University