Deborah E. Powell

Center for Women's Health

A National Center of Excellence

Research Conference 2013

10th Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Optimizing Women’s Health Through a Life Course Approach

Monday, September 16, 2013

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

(Registration begins at 8:00 am)

McNamara Alumni Center

University of Minnesota
200 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing
Medical Education Credits Available


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$50 - General
$25 - Students
$25 additional for Continuing Medical Education credits

Registration is now closed.


Call for Poster Abstracts


Poster abstract submission is now closed (deadline August 23rd).
Submissions may still be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Mikow Hang ( for more information.


Learning Objectives 

  • The primary goal for our conference is to disseminate the latest evidence-based research on life course theory and women’s health through a high quality and interactive regional conference.
  • The specific objectives for this conference are to:
    • Facilitate interaction and collaboration between national leaders in women’s health research from institutions across the Upper Midwest by providing a forum for sharing women’s health and sex/gender differences research from a broad range of disciplines and professional perspectives.
    • Highlight nationally and locally recognized speakers on Life Course Theory.
    • Present a platform for researchers to present their research posters on innovative women’s health and sex/gender differences topics with time allotted interact with other researchers.
    • Provide four interactive workshops and one moderated panel on aspects of life course and women’s health, including topics on: early exposures impact on chronic disease; nutrition/obesity impact; pregnancy exposure consequences, purposeful living: healthy life choices for wellbeing; environmental influences on health; and psychological support for life transitions.

Keynote Speakers

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The Social Determinants of Women's Health Across the Life Course

Paula Braveman, MD, MPH

Professor of Family and Community Medicine;
Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health;
University of California, San Francisco



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Topic: Nurses' Health Study

Janet Rich-Edwards, ScD, MPH

Investigator, Nurses' Health Study; Director of
Developmental Epidemiology, Connors Center
for Women's Health and Gender Biology,
Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Division of
Women's Health, Harvard Medical School, and
Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health


Department of OB/GYN and Women's Health
Life Course Center
Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health
Program in Health Disparities Research
Center for Spirituality and Healing
School of Nursing



Funding for this activity was made possible in part by the HHS, Office on Women's Health.  The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences do no necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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