Fourth Annual Women’s Health Research Day slated for November

Conference is free to Penn State faculty and students

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) will co-host the fourth annual Women’s Health Research Day (WHRD) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College. The event is free to Penn State faculty and students.

The annual conference highlights research — related to women’s health or sex/gender differences in health — from across Penn State campuses and features a keynote speaker, oral presentations, a poster session, panel discussion and awards.

“Acknowledging that women’s health is a truly interdisciplinary field, we are partnering with colleagues across several different Penn State Colleges in the development of this conference and its scientific program. We are excited to bring WHRD to the University Park Campus for the first time this year. We hope to develop ongoing cross-campus collaborations in women’s health,” said Dr. Jennifer S. McCall-Hosenfeld, director of the Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research and associate professor of medicine and public health sciences.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Nanette Santoro, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Santoro will discuss “The Reprometabolic Syndrome: How Obesity Impacts Reproduction in Women.” The panel discussion will examine how the changing health policy landscape is impacting women’s health.

Penn State faculty and students interested in attending WHRD 2017 can register online at Additionally, those who wish to submit research abstracts can view instructions at The deadline to submit abstracts is Tuesday, Aug. 15, and notifications of acceptance will be sent via email by Tuesday, Sept. 19.

In addition to The Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research, WHRD 2017 is co-sponsored by Penn State's Department of Kinesiology, the Robert E. Dye M.D. Professorship and the Penn State College of Medicine Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.

For more information about the conference or the Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research, visit

Last Updated July 03, 2017