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Thank you for attending the 2021 Magee-Womens Summit.


On November 16-18, 2021, scientific and clinical innovators convened, virtually and in person, to transform women’s health and reproductive biology in the 21st century. As the premier meeting in women’s health, the Magee-Womens Summit harnessed cross-disciplinary innovations and paved the way for a new generation of visionary research.


The 2021 Summit themes were Healthy Beginnings, Shaping Metabolism, and Healthy Mind Through Transitions. The three-day conference began with an afternoon dedicated to advocacy on November 16, then moved to two full days of research and clinically focused keynote talks and panel discussions on November 17 and 18.


Also included was the announcement of the Magee Prize, a $1 million prize for collaborative and transformative research within women’s and reproductive sciences.

The Magee Prize

The Magee Prize was established in 2018 as a global award designed to be a catalyst for transformational research in women’s health and reproductive biology. It funds a collaborative team whose research could improve lives around the world. Based on a transdisciplinary collaboration between a Magee-Womens Research Institute scientist, and researchers anywhere in the world, the prize provides funding support for 2-3 years.


On November 17, 2021, the prize was awarded to an international team led by Pamela Moalli, M.D., Ph.D., director of urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction surgery at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and MWRI. The team is working to develop new biomaterials to repair tissue loss in women with compromised vaginal structure and function.The first prize was awarded at the inaugural summit in October, 2018 to an international team of scientists focused on ground-breaking research into the connection between placental abnormalities and congenital heart disease.


The Magee Prize is made possible through a gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. 

The Issues

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How does the environment shape human health, and how can we reimagine science and health care while preserving the world around us?


We will discuss how the ever-changing environment shapes our health, modifies our disease risk, and affects our general well-being, as well as new approaches and tools to improve human health in ways that protect our natural resources and do not pollute our environment.


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What is our microbiome, how does it impact human health, and how might we modify it and use it to inform the future of disease prevention and health care?


We will provide a roadmap on the potential promises of microbiome research and women’s health. We will discuss how incorporating the microbiome into current concepts of human health and disease offers the potential to revolutionize the future of how we predict, prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses in women and their progeny.

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How can studying the transformation of simple cells to living organisms help us understand human development?


We will illuminate key stages in early human development, address novel systems to study developmental milestones, and discuss ways to better understand early health and disease trajectories that may offer new opportunities for diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention, starting from the earliest stages of our lives.

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Bringing the best scientific minds in medicine and research together in one place.

As world leaders in women’s health research, Magee is uniquely positioned to introduce a new approach on the global stage. As researchers, as physicians – and as mothers and daughters, fathers and sons – we at Magee are dedicated to transformative science in women’s health research for the good of all humankind.


Magee-Womens Research Institute is an interactive community of top-tier University of Pittsburgh researchers from diverse disciplines who work in partnership with academic clinicians at UPMC. Collectively with our colleagues in women’s health across the globe, our work will accelerate the pace of discovery and establish new benchmarks in every aspect of medical care around the world.


Magee-Womens Research Institute is committed to raising women's health research to the prominence it deserves by spearheading the creation of a global collaborative research ecosystem.


Magee-Womens Research Institute

Across cultures, women’s health shapes the family’s health. At Magee, we believe we can improve human life from its very beginning by focusing on women's

health. You can help create a healthier future by joining us in support of this very important mission.

Across cultures, women’s health shapes the family’s health. At Magee, we believe we can improve human life from its very beginning by focusing on women's health. You can help create a healthier future by joining us in support of this very important mission.

2021 Magee-Womens Summit

Support the future of women's health — and the world's health.