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Ph.D., Director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, U. of Arizona

Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton leads the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, a university research biotech ecosystem devoted to therapeutic development for Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS. She is the University of Arizona Regents Professor of Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Neurology. Her research spans discovery, translational and clinical science which has led to over 250 scientific publications, 5 NIH clinical trials, multiple patents and 2 biotech startups, most recently, NeuTherapeutics. She is an internationally recognized Alzheimers expert on mechanistic drivers of the disease and sex differences. She is currently conducting three National Institute on Aging clinical trials, including the REGENBRAIN trial to regenerate the Alzheimers brain. Brinton serves on the NIH Directors Advisory Committee, NIA Scientific Advisory Board and Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation Board of Governors. Her honors include ADDF Scientist of the Year, Goodes Prize for Alzheimers Drug Discovery, and the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal for STEM education.

Women's Brain: Illuminating Path to Alzheimer's Cure
Twothirds of persons with Alzheimers are women. Determining mechanisms that underlie risk in the female brain has illuminated fundamental systems of biology relevant to Alzheimers for both the female and male aging brain. These insights have led to therapeutic strategies to mitigate risk, delay progression and regenerate the Alzheimers brain.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2024 Silicon Valley

Track 3 - January 25 9.00 A.M.-3.45 P.M.

Track Co-Chairs:
Yoel Sadovsky, UPMC
C. Noel Bairey Merz, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The Women's Health Track with a focus on sex differences aims to explore the latest research in this field and highlight the importance of sex-specific analysis in healthcare. The full-day track includes sessions on enhancing women's health research, general sex differences in large studies, pregnancy (Feto-placental) and sex differences, the biology underlying sex differences, and systems and sex differences. The confirmed speakers are leading experts in their respective fields, including cardiovascular medicine, immunology and virology, metabolic disease, Alzheimer's disease, autism, diabetes, exercise, and hypertension. Through this track, attendees will gain valuable insights into the latest research on sex differences in healthcare and the importance of personalized medicine for women.

  • PMWC 2024 Award Ceremony
    Pioneer Honoree: David Page, MIT
    Luminary Honoree: Janine Austin Clayton, NIH
  • Keynote: Enhancing Women's Health Research
    - Janine Austin Clayton, NIH
  • Keynote: The Chromosomal Basis of Sex Differences in Health and Disease
    - David Page, Whitehead Institute
  • General Sex Differences in Large Studies
    Chair: Karen Reue, UCLA (Sex Differences in Metabolic Disease)
    - Franck Mauvis-Jarvis, Tulane University (Sex Differences in Insulin Resistance)
  • Feto-placental Sex Differences
    Chair: Yoel Sadovsky, University of Pittsburgh
    - Nima Aghaeepour, Stanford (AI Taxonomy for Reproductive Health)
    - Leslie Myatt, OHSU Oregon (Fetal Sex and Pregnancy Outcomes)
  • Systems and Sex Differences
    Chair: Marcia Stefanick, Stanford (Sex differences in Cancer)
    - Judy Regensteiner, University of Colorado (Sex and Gender: Focus on Diabetes)
    - Monica Gandhi, UCSF (Sex Diferences in HIV)
  • Cardiovascular Sex Differences
    Chair: Noel Bairey Merz, Cedars Sinai Medical Ctr.
  • Sex Differences in Alzheimer's Disease
    Chair: Marina Sirota, UCSF (Sex Differences in Alzheimer's Disease Using Clinical, Molecular, and Computational Approaches)
    - Sarah Banks, UCSD (Sex Differences in Tau Pathology and AD Modifiable Risk)
    - Roberta Brinton, University of Arizona (Illuminating Path to Alzheimer's Cure)
  • Sex Differences and Cognitive-behavioral Function
    Chair: Debra Kaysen, Stanford (Gender Effects on Trauma Exposure, PTSD, and Treatment)
    - Larry Cahill, UCI (Sex Influences on the Brain)


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