Session Chair Profile

M.D., Associate Dean, Women’s Health Research and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Sadovsky’s research focuses on feto-placental development and the molecular function of the trophoblast, which regulates maternal-fetal exchange, immunological defense, and hormone production. His work aims to advance our understanding of early human development and pregnancy health. Dr. Sadovsky received his MD from Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, followed by OBGYN residency at Washington University in St. Louis, and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship and postdoctoral research training at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sadovsky is the principal investigator of several NIH grants. His honors, awards and service include membership in the Councils for NICHD and the March of Dimes, Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Physicians. He served as president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation, and was awarded the 2013 Cozzarelli Prize in Biomedical Science from the National Academy of Sciences.

Extracellular Vesicles and Placental-Maternal-Fetal Communication Systems
The discovery of regulated extracellular vesicle signals, such as exosomes, has added a new dimension to our understanding of placental-maternal-fetal transfer functions during human gestation. Tracking their cargo, trafficking, targets, and intracellular processing illuminates unique cell-and organ-level molecular communication systems that can directly inform maternal-fetal health during pregnancy.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

Track Co-Chairs:
Aleksandar Rajkovic, UCSF
Kathryn G. Schubert, Society for Women's Health Research

Researchers have long been recognizing the uniqueness of women’s health and its substantial effect on clinical practice, acknowledging the increasing appreciation of the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health and disease. In every organ system, there are diseases that are unique to women, more common in women than in men, or characterized by differences in disease course in women compared to men. This Track will focus on the following topics related to Women’s Health:

  • Intro to Women's Health
    - Aleksandar Rajkovic, UCSF
  • US Regulatory/Personalized Medicine and Women's Health
    Session Chair: Kathryn G. Schubert, SWHR
    - Kaveeta Vasisht, FDA
  • Reproductive Health
    - Hakan Cakmak, UCSF
    - Linda G. Griffith, MIT
    - Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, UCSF
  • Pregnancy
    Session Chair: Yoel Sadovsky, UPMC
    - Virginia D. Winn, Stanford
    - Ananth Karumanchi, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    - Liang Liang, Stanford
    - Mira Moufarrej, Stanford University
  • Biological Sex Differences in Disease + Inclusion of Women in Clinical Research/Innovation
    - Rhonda Voskuhl, UCLA
  • Cardiovascular Health
    - Nisha Parikh, UCSF
    - Michael Honigberg, Massachusetts General Hospital
    - Jennifer Ann Tremmel, Stanford
  • Bone Health/Osteoporosis & Menopause
    Session Chair: Risa Kagan, Sutter Health
    - Danit Ariel, Stanford
    - Massimiliano (Max) de Zambotti, SRI International
  • Showcase
    - Nathan D. Price, Onegevity
    - Maneesh Jain, MirVie
    - Kevin P. Rosenblatt, NX Prenatal
    - Ripudaman Singh, ARCEDI Biotech
    - Michelle Perugini, Presagen
    - Claire Tomkins, Future Family