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Women's Bodies Under the Microscope: Sex Does Matter


Rosalind Franklin at a Microscope



October 24, 2022
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Central (Chicago) Time
Rosalind Franklin University
Centennial Room RWCLC 2.068
In-Person/Live Zoom Webinar

Complimentary admission.


Sex Does Matter: How Sex, Gender, and Race Impact Science and Medicine  

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Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, President of Wellesley College, will discuss a paradigm shift in medical research and clinical care: the realization that sex is a fundamental biological variable that has to be taken into account, if women's health is not going to be left entirely to chance. She will also consider the social variables that can affect biology such as gender, race, and ethnicity, and the importance of diverse leadership in science and medicine if we are going to achieve better health outcomes for all our population.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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3:00 p.m. - Welcome by Nancy Parsley, DPM, MHPE
3:05 p.m. - Opening Remarks by Lise Eliot, PhD
3:10 p.m. - Keynote by Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH
3:50 p.m. - Audience Q&A
3:55 p.m. - Break
4:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion
4:45 p.m. - Audience Q&A
4:55 p.m. - Wrap-up and Thank-you's


"Sex Does Matter: How Sex, Gender, and Race Impact Science and Medicine"

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

President, Wellesley College

Paula A. Johnson is the 14th President of Wellesley College and globally recognized for advancing women’s health through innovation in medical research, clinical care, health policy, and education. Before joining Wellesley, Dr. Johnson served as Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and Chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A renowned cardiologist, she was also the Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for her contributions to science, medicine, and public health and has been recognized as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. In 2018, she authored the landmark report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine." As president of Wellesley, Dr. Johnson has advanced women’s higher education, championing the ideals of inclusive excellence in every aspect of academic and residential life. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges, Dr. Johnson received her M.D., and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Nancy Parsley, DPM, MHPE

Nancy Parsley, DPM, MHPE

RFUMS Provost

Nancy L. Parsley, DPM, MHPE, is the Provost for RFUMS. Dr. Parsley received her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from our own Scholl College and completed a surgical residency at Northern Virginia including training in lower extremity reconstructive plastic surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Parsley became a Congressional Fellow for the United States Congress. She also earned a Masters Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Parsley served in private practice until 2007 when she joined Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, followed by Dean from 2011 to 2019. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics and also served as RFU's Vice President for Academic Affairs before being named Provost. Dr. Parsley has received many honors, including being named several times to the list of Top 100 Most Influential Podiatrists and serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine from 2015-2017.


Lise Eliot, PhD

Lise Eliot, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience; Executive Chair of Foundational Sciences and Humanities

Dr. Eliot’s research is centered on brain and gender development, especially the role of early environment and plasticity in neural circuits and behavior. She received a bachelor's degree in History & Science from Harvard University, a PhD in Cellular Physiology & Biophysics from Columbia University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Eliot has authored scientific articles and two highly-praised books: "What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life," and "Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps."


"From Subject to Investigator: Centering Women in Science and Medicine"

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM
President and CEO, Professor Physical Therapy and Interprofessional Education
Rosalind Franklin University


Holly C. Hunsberger, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Rosalind Franklin University


Biana Kotlyar, MD
Clinical Sciences Education Director, Psychiatry
Rosalind Franklin University


Kristine Jennings Burgess, MS, PA-C, CLC (Moderator)
Assistant Professor, Director of Didactic Education
Rosalind Franklin University