BIRCWH Leadership Webinars

June 25, 2020: Dr. Sabra KleinProfessor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shared findings from her latest research and broadly discussed "Sex/Gender Differences in COVID-19" during the most recent webinar. Dr. Klein is currently President of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, which is the only scientific society dedicated to uncovering how males and females differ in health and disease. She is also the PI of the Johns Hopkins Specialized Center for Research Excellence (SCORE) in sex and age differences in immunity to influenza. The webinar was moderated by Emory SCORE pilot awardee Dr. Monika Stojek. Dr. Stojek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University and a practicing clinical psychologist at the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program.

RESOURCE shared during webinar: Nasal ACE2 Levels and COVID-19 in Children:


March 19, 2020: Dr. Virginia Miller, Mayo Clinic & BIRCWH PI and Dr. Judy Regensteiner, University of Colorado & BIRCWH PI shared their knowledge and perspective on "Executive Presence." Dr. Miller is a Professor of Surgery and Physiology and Director of the Women’s Health Research Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Regensteiner is the Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) and Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Natalie Nokoff, a University of Colorado BIRCWH scholar, served as the moderator. Dr. Nokoff is an Assistant Professor and researcher that specializes in clinical care for children who identify as transgender or gender fluid and those born with a disorder or difference in sex development.

RESOURCES: 1) Seeing Yourself As Other Do by Carol Keers & Thomas Mungavan  2) Professional Coaching: Vander Zanden Inc.  3) Be Your Own Brand by Karl D. Speak  4) 360-degree Feedback Assessment


December 19, 2019: "Promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Access and Equity in Academic Career" was the last webinar session of 2019. Our speakers included: Dr. Victoria Fraser, the Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. William Powderly, the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and the Larry J Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, and Dr. Cynthia Sears, Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Fraser is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Board of Directors and Drs. Powderly and Sears are both former presidents of the IDSA. Dr. Samaah Sullivan, an Instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and current BIRCWH scholar, served as the moderator.

RESOURCES: 1) 2) Ted Talk and book entitled Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and 3) the book Whistling Vivaldi.


September 26, 2019: Dr. Preeti MalaniChief Health Officer and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan, presented on "Scientific Communication." Dr. Malani is the Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging based at the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation. Since 2012 she has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Rachel Greenup, an Associate Professor of Surgery at Duke University in the Division of Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgery and a health services researcher, served as the moderator.





June 20, 2019: "Team Science"

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Bennett, NCI, NIH

Moderator: Dr. Priya Vellanki, Emory BIRCWH

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March 7, 2019: "Reveal, Don't Conceal: Transforming Data Visualization & Statistics Education to Improve Transparency"

Speaker: Dr. Tracey Weissgerber & Dr. Stacey Winham, Mayo Clinic

Moderator: Dr. Marysia Tweet, Mayo Clinic BIRCWH

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December 20, 2018: "Demystifying the NIH Scientific Review Process"

Speaker: Dr. Robert Freund, Chief of the AIDS and AIDS Related Research IRG in the Center for Scientific Review in NIH

Moderator: Dr. Jessica Shantha, Emory BIRCWH

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September 20, 2018: "Successful Negotiation"

Speaker: Dr. Anne Libby, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado.

Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Woulfe, University of Colorado BIRCWH

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June 21, 2018: "Incorporating sex as a biological variable in every aspect and all domains of biomedical research" 

Speaker: Dr. Janine Clayton, Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH

Moderator: Dr. Vasiliki Michopoulos, Emory BIRCWH

Opening remarks: Dr. Kelli Hall, former BIRCWH scholar 

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March 29, 2018: "Leveraging the BIRCWH experience in advancing one’s academic career" 

Speakers: Drs. Monica Gandhi, Melissa Morrow, and Jerica Berge, former BIRCWH scholars

Moderator: Dr. Nathan Schilaty, Mayo Clinic BIRCWH

Opening Remarks: Dr. Virginia Miller, PI for Mayo Clinic BIRCWH

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December 14, 2017"Climbing the Academic Leadership Ladder"

Speakers: Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, the president of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Claire Sterk, the President of Emory University

Moderator: Dr. Jylana Sheats, Tulane BIRCWH

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September 14, 2017: "Strategies for assembling a productive scientific team--the human genome experience"   

Speaker: Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health

Moderator: Dr. Erin Ferranti, Emory BIRCWH

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June 15th, 2017: "Achieving relevance and visibility in an academic research career -opportunities and potential pitfalls"

Speakers: Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and Dr. Claire Brindis, the Director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco

Moderator: Dr. Sandra Safo, Emory BIRCWH

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April 4, 2017: "Laying a Solid Foundation for a Lasting Academic Career"

Spreakers: Dr. Vivian Pinn, the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health and Dr. Claire Pomeroy, the President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Moderator: Dr. Vasiliki Michopoulos, Emory BIRCWH 

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