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Necessity for Innovations in Women’s Health

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Women’s Health, which studies how diseases differ between men and women, is gaining in attention as a focal point in international research. The need for women’s health to become a central point in healthcare research has been emphasized over the last decade by organizations such as the European Commission and United Nations. We focus on gaining fundamental knowledge of the (changes in) physical and mental health, including anatomy, physiology and pathology of the female body and wellbeing throughout a lifespan. This includes prevention, health behaviour and treatment of diseases that occur only or mainly in women, such as gynaecological diseases (e.g. infertility, pelvic organ prolapse), oncology (e.g. breast and ovarian cancer), or difficulties in fertility and breast feeding. The research can also seek better understanding of why differences between men and women occur in both health, disease manifestation, and response to treatment. In addition, questions regarding design and uptake of (health) technology for women are important in women’s health.

The programme

This session brings together three experts with vast academic and clinical experience on the theme. Dr Ester Siemerink, Prof Dr Sarah Brücker and Prof Dr Nimmi Ramanujam have focused their careers on research and clinical activities, as well as the development and commercialization of technologies that advance prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of specific women’s health conditions. 

In the second half of the session, these experts, together with moderators Prof Dr Sabine Siesling and Dr Anique Bellos-Grob, will have a round table discussion, around the further needs for improved women’s health care. They will enter the debate on issues around data, technology, and a vision towards the future for this domain.

11.00 - 11.05

Welcome & Introduction

11.05 - 11.20

Women’s Health clinic in Germany
Prof. Sara Brucker - Tüebingen University Department of Women's Health

11.20 - 11.40

Women’s health and breast cancer
Dr. Ester Siemerink - ZiekenhuisGroep Twente (ZGT)

11.40 - 12.00

How to accelerate the impact of biomedical innovation on global health disparities

Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam - Duke University Center for Global Women's Health Technologies

12.00 - 12.30

Round Table on “Necessity for innovations in Women’s Health”

The speakers

  • Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam

    Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam

    • Robert W. Carr, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    • Duke University Center for Global Women's Health Technologies

    How to accelerate the impact of biomedical innovation on global health disparities
    Abstract will follow soon

    Dr. Ramanujam is the Robert W. Carr Professor of Engineering and Professor of Cancer Pharmacology and Global Health at Duke University and co-program leader of the Radiation Oncology and Imaging Program (ROIP) at the Duke Cancer Institute. She founded the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies (GWHT) in 2013 where she empowers trainees to create impactful solutions to improve the lives of women and girls globally. This center, since inception, has catalyzed new research activities and the development and commercialization of several technologies that advance prevention and treatment of cervical and breast cancer. She has created two companies Zenalux and Calla Health to commercialize her technologies.

    Dr. Ramanujam’s work has led to low-cost and efficient health care and home-based technology innovations that provide surveillance of cancer and its recurrence.

  • Prof. Sara Brucker

    Prof. Sara Brucker

    • Executive Medical Director
    • Tüebingen University Department of Women's Health

    Women's health clinic in Germany
    Abstract will follow soon

    Executive Medical Director, Department of Women’s Health at Tübingen University. Member of Board of Directors ESGE, member of Executive Board AGE, founding member ISUTx (International Society of Uterus Transplantation). President DGS (German Society of Senology)Major fields of research: Guideline development and implementation; Genital malformations and their therapies; Basic research in breast cancer (new predictions, prognosis factors, minimal residual diseases).

General information
  • When: November 3 
  • Time: 11.00 - 12.30
  • How: Live & Digital
  • For whom: All attendees
  • Host: Prof.dr. Sabine Siesling & Dr. Anique Bellos-Grob