Women’s Health Conferences 2001.

6th National Rural Health Conference

Canberra, Australia
March 4 - 7, 2001
Hon Kim Beazley, MP, leader of the opposition 
Julian Disney, Director, UNSW Social Justice Project
Julie Tongs, CEO, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services
Brian Fisher, Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
The theme for the conference was "Good Health, Good Country, from Conception to Completion." It included issues facing women in rural areas of Australia and their health care status. Session D contained a symposium on women's health in Australia, how access to health care differs in rural and urban areas, and the Goonimoo Women's Projects.

2nd Annual Sage Conference

Winston-Salem, north Carolina, USA
March 8 - 11, 2001
Jacquette Trasler, MD, PhD, McGill University
Ellen Silbergeld, PhD, University of Maryland
Sheri Berenbaum, PhD, Southern Illinois University
The conference on sex and gene expression gave researchers and clinicians a chance to exchange information on the biology of sex differences. Attendees heard a panel discussions on how genes are selected based on whether they originate from the mother or fathers, Turner's Syndrome, and mitochondrial DNA.

1st World Congress on Women's Mental Health

Berlin, Germany
March 27 - 31, 2001
Dominic Pedulla, MD, Edith Stein Foundation
The objective of the conference's speeches were to explore menopause and hormone replace as a psychotherapy to combat its emotional issues. Topics covered concerns of self worth and self identity, sexuality, depression and anxiety associated with the change of life. 

6th Annual Women's Health Conference

Portland, Oregon, USA
April 28, 2001
Yvonne Maddox, MD, Acting Deputy Director, National Institute of Health
Noel Bairey Merz, MD, Director, Preventative and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
The objective of the conference was to present information on how men and women differ from a medical point of view. Discussions focused on knowing the benefits of gene based research for detecting and treating diseases such as heart disease.

World Health Organization

Symposium 2001: Gender Violence, Health and Rights in the Americas
New York City, New York, USA
June 4 - 7, 2001
The event was co-sponsored by UNIFEM, UNDP, UNFPA, RSMLAC, Isis International, and the Center for Research in Women's Health. The inter-agency collaboration was attended by UN representatives from 30 countries to discuss domestic violence against women.

Tackling Fear

Online Conference
June 20, 2001
Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS
Marisa Weiss, MD
The topic of the conference was breast health and women. Callers were able to ask medical professions about their concerns on treatments, the meanings of lumps in the breast, the chance for the occurrence of other forms of cancer after breast cancer, and the recurrence of breast cancer.

First National Lesbian Health Conference

San Francisco, California, USA
June 22 - 23, 2001
Byllye Avery, MEd, Founder, National Black Women's Health Project
Kate O'Hanlan, MD, Founder, Lesbian Health Fund
Caitlin Ryan, MSW, Director, Policy Studies for the Institute of Sexuality, San Francisco State University
The conference was sponsored by the UCSF Center for Lesbian Health Research and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Speakers spoke on issues relating to physical, mental and social concerns in the lesbian community, and stressed the need for lesbians to move beyond the fear of discrimination when seeking medical care. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/3341

International Women's Health Coalition

New York City, New York, USA
June 25 - 27, 2001
Dr. Pascoal Mocumbi, Prime Minister of Mozambique
The focus of this year's conference was HIV/AIDS and its objective was to shape international policy on women's health issues through advocating women's rights and health, empowering women's organizations, mobilizing women to take action toward protecting their health, and informing the public on ways to improve women's health. 

Sex Difference in Immunology and Autoimmunity

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
November 8, 2001
Noel Rose, MD, PhD, John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Betty Diamond, Chief of Radiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Denise Kasper, MD
The event was co-sponsored by the Society for Women's Health Research and the University of Cincinnati. It was designed for researchers and clinicians working in immunology, autoimmunity, rheumatology, endocrinology, and other areas of sex based biology. Discussions focused on the differences between T cells and B cells, the influence of hormones on the immune system, and factors that can cause the immune system to fail.

Young Women's Health and Leadership Summit

San Francisco, California, USA
November 14, 2001
Julia "Butterfly" Hill, Activist
Sherrice Perry, Student, Brown University
The theme for this year's summit was "Rejoice, Unite, Nurture Fight." It is known as the first conference designed for young women by young women and covers topics such as mental health, education, and protected sex.