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PMWC PIONEER AWARD
Pioneered sex chromosome biology, elucidating the unique properties of Y chromosome and genetic basis of sex differences in health and reproduction

MD, Professor of Biology, MIT

Biography
In 1979, David Page became the first student anywhere in the world to work on what would become the Human Genome Project. He joined the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at its opening in 1984, as the first Whitehead Fellow, and has been a member of its faculty since 1988. He served as Whitehead's fourth and longest serving Director and President, from 2004 to 2020. Page is also a Professor of Biology at MIT and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Page earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. Page's laboratory explores biological differences between males and females in health and disease, both within and beyond the reproductive tract. The Page lab recently discovered that XY and XX sex chromosomes account for subtle differences in the molecular biology of male and female cells throughout the body. Page's honors include a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, Science Magazine's Top Ten Scientific Advances of the Year (1992 and 2003), the Francis Amory Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


 Session Abstract – PMWC 2024 Silicon Valley

Track 3 - January 25 9.00 A.M.-4.00 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: Inclusive Research for Better Health: The FDA's Perspective on Sex Differences in Clinical Trials
    - Kaveeta Vasisht, FDA
  • 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 Differences in HIV)
  • Cardiovascular Sex Differences
    - Martha Gulati, Cedars Sinai
  • 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)

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