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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
In-Person/Live Webinar

Complimentary admission.
Registration required.


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

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.


3:00 p.m. - Welcome by Nancy Parsley, DPM, MHPE
3:05 p.m. - Opening Remarks by Lise Eliot, PhD
3:15 p.m. - Keynote by Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH
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.

Welcome & Panelist

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM

RFUMS President and CEO

President and CEO Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, who stepped into her new role on July 1, 2019, has served the university in numerous faculty and administrative capacities for nearly 40 years. Named the first provost of the institution in 2014, she spent the next four years working closely with the president, deans and vice presidents in developing academic priorities, providing strategic direction and ensuring academic accountability.

Opening Remarks

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 neuroplasticity in shaping neural circuitry and behavior. She received an A.B. degree magna cum laude in History & Science from Harvard University, a PhD in Cellular Physiology & Biophysics from Columbia University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.  

Her studies range from cellular neurophysiology to meta-analyses of brain sex difference and include two highly-praised trade 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. Through both empirical and scholarly research, Dr. Eliot analyzes the interplay between innate biology, sociocultural factors, and individual experience in molding our brains and behavior across the lifespan.


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

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