Women in Science Luncheon Series Features Five Outstanding Local Researchers

April 22, 2009

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s popular Women in Science luncheon series offers the public an opportunity to meet outstanding female scientists and physicians. Speakers to include Dean of MU’s Business School, April 30; Sports Researcher Ann Hoch, May 21; Experts on Infantile Hemangioma, June 18; and New Parkinson’s Therapies, Sept. 24. For details, contact Pam Garvey, pgarvey@mcw.edu or (414) 456-4703.


On April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., there is a special bonus for early subscribers; a presentation by Linda Salchenberger, Ph.D., the first female dean and first James H. Keyes Dean of the Marquette University College of Business. She will speak on Women & Innovation Strategies for a Changing World, followed by a reception with the GE Women’s Network, at GE Healthcare, 9900 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa.


Series subscriptions are available for a suggested minimum donation of $250, which supports an annual award for promising women scientists. Admission, lunch and free parking are included at all of the following events in the series:


May 21- Women’s sports medicine researcher Anne Hoch, D.O., will share findings of her study on the impact of intensive physical exercise on the cardiovascular health of Milwaukee Ballet Company ballerinas. Dr. Hoch is nationally regarded for her work in understanding the female athlete triad, a potentially dangerous medical condition affecting girls and women in endurance athletics and competitive sports. This luncheon/presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., and sponsored by Invitrogen/Life Technologies.


June 18 - Medical College pediatric dermatologist Beth Drolet will present Hope for Parents of Infants with Vascular Tumors at a luncheon/presentation from noon to 1:30 at the Woman’s Club, sponsored by an anonymous donor. Hemangiomas are the most common form of tumor among infants. Yet, Dr. Drolet is one of only a handful of U.S. researchers studying their long-term effects on the brain and cardiovascular system in order to help parents make the right therapeutic choices for their newborns.


September 24- New Frontiers in Treating Parkinson’s Disease will be the topic for two Medical College physician/researchers at a presentation/luncheon from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Women’s Club sponsored by TEVA Neuroscience. Neurologists Karen Blindauer and Serena Hung will review the latest treatment options, ranging from deep brain stimulation to experiments with anti-oxidants, to help Parkinson’s patient lead full and active lives.


October 29- from noon to 1:30 at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the series concludes with the presentation of the Women Pioneers in Research Awards. These include a $10,000 research award to an established scientist, and the $1,000 Edward J. Lennon, M.D., award to an outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher. Series subscribers will also enjoy lunch with a female physician or scientist at each table to offer personal perspective on the world of biomedical research, and have the option to tour the Medical College after this event, which is sponsored by Quarles & Brady, LLP.

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