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Magee-Womens Summit Overview

Pregnancy's impact on lifelong wellness. The emerging technologies transforming telehealth capabilities. Uncovering metabolic underpinnings of reproductive disorders and cancer. Understanding what influences a woman’s cognitive-behavioral function as she transitions through menopause.  Tackling inequalities and disparities in women’s health.

The 2021 Magee-Womens Summit brought together world-class scientists, clinicians, thought leaders and advocates to explore women's health research across the lifespan. This three-day, CME-accredited 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.

From preparing for the next pandemic to early development’s prediction of wellness, the Summit inspired attendees to re-imagine the future of women’s health. Also included was the announcement of the Magee Prize, a $1 million award for transformative research within women's health and reproductive sciences. Whether you attended in person or virtually, all registrants enjoyed full access to the Summit schedule. Recordings of these sessions as well as additional information about our 2023 conference will be available in the coming weeks.


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Conference Details

Advocacy Session

November 16, 2021

12:00 - 5:30 p.m.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Advancing Health Equity Through Community Based Solutions

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Conversation with UPMC Leadership

Led by Leslie Davis, President and CEO


Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

Charles and Linda Wilson Professor, History of Medicine
Director, Humanities in Medicine Program

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

History as a Blueprint for Medical Self-Determination

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Keynote: Deirdre Cooper Owens

Panel Discussion

Session Moderated by Ellen Beckjord

Benjamin S. Danielson, MD

Pediatrician and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

University of Washington School of Medicine

Confronting Structural Racism in Health Systems

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Ben Danielson

Moderated by Lynne Hayes-Freeland

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Tracey Conti

3:30 - 3:40 p.m.

Session Break

Father Paul Abernathy


Neighborhood Resilience Project, Pittsburgh


St. Moses Orthodox Church

Forging Transformative Community Partnerships

3:40 - 4:40 p.m.

Keynote: Father Paul Abernathy

Panel Discussion(s)

Moderated by Dawndra Jones

4:40 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks with UPMC Leadership

Led by Diane Holder, CEO, UPMC Health Plan

Special Virtual Guests

United States Senator Bob Casey
Pittsburgh Mayor-Elect Ed Gainey
Registration & Breakfast
Summit Opening: Setting the Stage — Michael Annichine, Yoel Sadovsky and Dean Anantha Shekhar
Healthy Beginnings Keynote: Precision Population Health Beyond the Human Genome Program - A Paradigm Change for Pregnancy — Lee Hood
Healthy Beginnings Keynote: Scientific Pathways to Women's Health — Mary D'Alton
Spotlight Talk: Placental Origin of Congenital Heart Defects — Yaacov Barak, Myriam Hemberger, Henry Sucov (Magee Prize Finalists)
Spotlight Talk: Pregnancy and Infant Health — Richard King Mellon Foundation Working Group
The Pathological Physiology of Pregnancy — David Haig
The Unique Nature of Obstetrical Disorders — Roberto Romero (Virtual)
Panel Discussion: Pregnancy — The Birth of New Health Paradigms — Moderated by Alisse Hauspurg
Lunch Conversation with Nicole Lurie (Virtual) — How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic
Lunch Discussion — How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic
Shaping Metabolism Keynote: Linking Energy Sufficiency and Reproduction in Humans: The Role of Leptin and Activin — Christos Mantzoros (Virtual)
Shaping Metabolism Keynote: Therapeutic Manipulation of Autophagy and Metabolism — Toren Finkel
Shaping Metabolism Keynote: The Triple Risk Burden: Environmental Exposures, Pregnancy, Disparities — Maureen Lichtveld
Panel Discussion: Hormones and Metabolism — What Can We Change? — Moderated by Mellissa Mann
Magee Prize Finalist Presentations — Moderated by Yoel Sadovsky
Breakout Sessions
Cocktail Reception
Magee Prize Dinner
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome with Michael Annichine
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Keynote: Extracellular vesicles as stress signals: Identifying Novel Biomarkers in Reproductive Health — Tracy Bale
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Keynote: Sleeping Well and Staying in Rhythm: Implications for Brain and Cardio-metabolic Health — Phyllis Zee (Virtual)
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Spotlight Talk: Mitigating Melancholy in Motherhood — Katherine Wisner
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Spotlight Talk: Help! Menopause Stole My Waistline! — Nanette Santoro
Standalone Workshop: Real World Approaches to Develop Your Own Bone and Joint Center (Non-Plenary Session) — Angela DeVanney, Tony DiGioia, Mary O'Connor, Helana Pietragallo
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Talk: Communicable (Infectious) Diseases and Human Communities — Sharon Hillier
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Talk: Data to Health in the Post COVID-19 World — Nathan Price
Panel Discussion: Summary Vision and a Path Forward — Moderated by Yoel Sadovsky
Clinical Session: Opening Remarks & Box Lunch — Bob Edwards
Translation and Clinical Image Keynote: The Path to Preventive Genomics — Robert Green
Panel Discussion: The Path to Preventive Genomics — Moderated by David Ewing Duncan
Telehealth and Digital Engagement in 2025 — Ceci Connolly
Panel Discussion: Telehealth and Digital Engagement in 2025 — Andrew Watson, Ritu Thaman
Menopause and Sexual Health Talk: Postmenopausal Sexuality: Not an Oxymoron — Sheryl Kingsberg
Menopause and Sexual Health Talk: Hearts and Minds: The Importance of Menopause for Women's Cardiovascular and Brain Health — Rebecca Thurston
Panel Discussion: Menopause and Sexual Health Talk — Moderated by Katherine Scruggs and Halina Zyczynski
Translation and Clinical Impact Keynote: Redefining the Future of Women's Health and Wellness — Michelle Williams (Virtual)
Panel Discussion: Redefining the Future of Women's Health and Wellness — Moderated by Yoel Sadovsky
Closing Remarks — Michael Annichine and Yoel Sadovsky
November 16, 2021

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a special session hosted by Women in BIO featuring a panel discussion exploring Alzheimer's Disease and Women's Brain Health. For additional information and to register for free:

This panel can be attended in person or virtually.
No CME credits will be awarded for this session.

Phyllis Barkman Ferrell
Global Head, External Engagement, Alzheimer’s Disease and Neurodegeneration

Eli Lilly & Company


Meryl Comer
Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist
Founding Board Member

Us Against Alzheimer’s

Brooks Kenny
Executive Director

Women Against Alzheimer’s


Women’s Leadership Council

General Manager


C. Elizabeth Shaaban, PhD, MPH
Visiting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health

University of Pittsburgh

Research Education Component Scholar

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Thank you for celebrating science with us at the 2021 Magee-Womens Summit