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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 will bring together world-class scientists, clinicians, thought leaders and advocates to explore women's health research across the lifespan. This three-day, CME-accredited conference begins with an afternoon dedicated to advocacy on November 16, moving 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 will inspire attendees to re-imagine the future of women’s health. Also included is the announcement of the Magee Prize, a $1 million award for transformative research within women's health and reproductive sciences. Whether you attend in person or virtually, you will enjoy full access to the Summit schedule. If you have questions, you can reach us by emailing

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 - 1:25 p.m.

Opening Conversation with UPMC Leadership

Led by Diane Holder, CEO, UPMC Health Plan

1:25 - 1:30 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

State Representative Ed Gainey, Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidate (Virtual)

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 Leslie Davis, CEO, UPMC
Special Guest: United States Senator Bob Casey (Virtual)
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: Magee Prize Recipients - Placental Origin of Congenital Heart Defects (Barak-Hemberger-Sucov)
Spotlight Talk: Pregnancy and Infant Health (Richard King Mellon Foundation Working Group)
The Pathological Physiology of Pregnancy — David Haig
Can Maternal Anti-Fetal Rejection be a Mechanism of Disease in Pregnancy? — Roberto Romero (Virtual)
Panel Discussion: Pregnancy — The Birth of New Health Paradigms (Moderated by Alisse Hauspurg)
Lunch Conversation with Nicole Lurie — 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: TBD
Shaping Metabolism Keynote: Therapeutic Manipulation of Autophagy and Metabolism — Toren Finkel
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
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Spotlight Talk: Mitigating Melancholy in Motherhood — Katherine Wisner
Healthy Minds Through Transitions Spotlight Talk: Talk Title TBD — Nanette Santoro
Standalone Workshop: Real World Approaches to Develop Your Own Bone and Joint Center (Non-Plenary Session) — Angela DiGioia, 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)
General Science Session Final Comments — Michael Annichine and 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 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: Rebecca Thurston (Talk Title TBD)
Translation and Clinical Impact Keynote: Redefining the Future of Health and Wellness — Michelle Williams (Virtual)
Panel Discussion: Redefining the Future of Health and Wellness (Moderated by Yoel Sadovsky)
Closing Remarks
Keynote Speaker

Laura Helmuth

Editor in Chief, Scientific American
Magee Prize Dinner Emcee

Susan Koeppen

President, Susan Koeppen Media

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