Below is note from PMWC President Tal Behar describing why the conference is devoting an entire track to the topic of women’s health. “Recent reports generated by WHAM (Women’s Health Access Matters), a nonprofit organization focused on demonstrating the economic imperative of women’s health research) highlighted the discrepancies in investment in women’s health research which is, in general, severely underfunded. The example provided focused on lung cancer which interestingly…
• …is the number one cause of cancer death in women
• …kills 1.5x as many women as breast cancer
• …had a 2019 NIH budget which equates to nearly $1 per woman compared to $7 per man
• …did not mandate until 2016 to include female subjects in preclinical research (e.g., rodent disease models) by the NIH."
"The same discrepancy between relevance to health and funding also applies to Alzheimer’s disease which is more prevalent in women as summarized by another WHAM report. Besides these two examples (lung cancer, Alzheimer’s disease) other types of diseases are also more prevalent in women, including autoimmune diseases and osteoporosis. Additionally, it’s critical that researchers dedicate more focus to female-specific health issues, such as pregnancy disorders (e.g., preeclampsia, preterm birth), menopause, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. These issues have an immense impact on the health of women globally, yet research on these conditions is limited."
Yoel Sadovsky, MD (Magee Women's Research Institute), co-chair of the PMWC January 26th Women’s Health Track commented: "Ample data indicate that the 9-months of pregnancy hugely influences health and disease risk across the 90+ years of our lifespan. Pregnancy disorders are associated with a higher incidence of maternal diseases and child disorders and neurobehavioral changes during infancy and beyond. Considering the nearly four million annual deliveries in the US, it is not surprising that gestational diseases may take a major toll on our healthcare system. These diseases and their effect on lifelong mother-child health are best interrogated via precision medicine approaches during pregnancy to help understand dynamic changes of integrated pathways that can lead to lifelong illnesses."
If nothing changes, women’s health outcomes will continue to be suboptimal. It’s important to note that lawmakers can’t craft effective policies, nor can startups innovate in the women’s health space without reliable, research-supported data. Additional funding and resources are required to study the differences among disease states in men and women, allowing the healthcare sector to better account for the health of men and women separately and increase our understanding of the gender influence on outcomes, treatments, and prevention options.
For these reasons, PMWC January 25-27, 2023 Silicon Valley (Program) has dedicated an entire track to this topic: The Women’s Health Track takes place on Thursday, January 26 and is co-chaired by Yoel Sadovsky (Magee Women's Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and UPMC).
Track highlights include the following:
• PMWC 2023 Award Ceremony – a Pioneer Honoree Award goes to Marcia Stefanick (Stanford University) for her extraordinary leadership in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and her contributions to improving women's health
• Chronic Diseases in Women – two talks by:
o Marcia Stefanik (Stanford) focusing on "Chronic Disease Prevention"
o Marina Sirota (UCSF) on "Endometriosis"
• Stem Cells, Preimplantation, and Prenatal Genetics – talks by:
o Akash Kumar (MyOme, Inc.) on "Polygenic Risk Score"
o Teresa Sparks (UCSF) on "Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis"
o Nathan Treff (Genomic Prediction) on "Reducing Polygenic Disease Risk Through Embryo Selection"
• Precision Health for Mothers and Babies – chaired by David Stevenson (Stanford University) giving an introduction "Towards Precision Health for Mothers and Babies" with other talks by:
o Aleks Rajkovic, UCSF on "Genomics of Pregnancy Loss"
o Ivana Maric (Stanford University) on "ML for Early Prediction"
o Nima Aghaeepour (Stanford University) on "AI-Driven Prematurity Taxonomy"
• Precision Health for Mothers and Babies: Components of Pregnancy Health– chaired by Yoel Sadovsky (Magee Women's Research Institute) giving an introduction "the placenta at the center of maternal-fetal health " with other talks by:
o Marina Sirota (UCSF) on "Leveraging Molecular and Clinical Data for Pregnancy Health"
o Brice Gaudilliere (Stanford University on "Gestational Multi-omic Immune Profiling"
• Value of Early Risk Prediction, Screening & Digital Intervention in Pre-Term birth Avoidance – chaired by Leslie Saltzman (Ovia Health) with Sydney Strickland (Labcorp)
• Reproductive Aging – a panel chaired by Aleksandar Rajkovic (UCSF) with Diana Laird (UCSF), Jennifer Garrison (Buck Institute), Nikolina Lauc (GlycanAge), and Christian Kramme (Gameto)
• Achieving Equity in Precision Medicine – a talk by Aida Habtezion (Pfizer)
• Sex Differences with talks by:
o Noel Bairey Merz (Cedar Sinai) on "CV Disease"
o Danit Ariel (Stanford) on "Transgender Health and Sex Differences"
• PMWC Showcase by Amrie Grammer, AMPEL BioSolutions and on Jan 27 Michelle Perugini, Presagen; Mattias Ehrich, Juno DX
"Don't miss the Women's Health Track at PMWC 2023 Silicon Valley and hear from leaders about how we can help drive positive change in this critical area of human health."
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PMWC 2023 Silicon Valley - January 25-27, 2023
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