Women’s Health Conferences 2003.

3rd Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
February 13, 2003
Maurice Nahabedian, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
D. Lawrence Wickerman, MD, Associate Chairmen, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Cancer and Bowel Project.
The conference was co-sponsored by Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition to present information by the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and other researchers on th survival rates among young women with breast cancer. Presentations focused on clinical trials, innovative medical treatments, anti-angiogenic therapies, and complementary therapies in question and answer sessions. 

4th Annual Sage Conference

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
March 20 - 23, 2003
Maj Hulten, MD, PhD, FRCP, University of Warwick
Daniel Federman, MD, Harvard Medical School
The conference was made possible by a grant from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.. It was a chance for researchers to present data on sex differences at the cellular level. The presentations contained panel discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and a plenary speech on human sex chromosome gene expressions.

Developing Cultural Competence in Reproductive Health Care: Understanding Every Women

Seattle, Washington, USA
April 6, 2003
Dian Harrison, MSW, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
Latonya, Slack, JD, Executive Director, California Black Women's Health Project
Luz Alvarez Martinez, Executive Director, National Latina Health Organization
The conference focused on ways to increase cultural competency among a diverse group of women. Areas of focus included a woman's access to health care, education on women health concerns, reproductive health and abortion, teen sexual activity, community involvement, and increasing medical professionals ability to communicate with patients. 
http://www.prochoice.org/pubs_research/publications/downloads/professional_education/ developing_cultural_competence.pdf

Working Together for Comprehensive Women's Health

Newark, New Jersey, USA
May 14, 2003
Irving Bobo, Institute for Human Development
Jennifer Chu, International Institute
The conference was sponsored by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, NJ Public Health Association, NJ Department of Community Affairs Division of Women, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region 2. The purpose of the conference was to develop an action plan in the state of New Jersey for better understanding mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, Addictions, and chronic illness as they relate to its female residents. 

5th Milan Breast Cancer Conference

Milan, Italy
June 11 - 13, 2003
Judy Garber, Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Giorgio Rizzatto, Ospedale Civile di Gorizia, Italy
Umberto Veronesi, European Institute of Oncology
The conference explored multi-disciplined approaches to treating women with breast cancer. The sessions featured specialist from epidemiology, oncology, radiology, pathology, and surgery in an attempt discuss the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer.

Women's Addiction Conference

Baltimore, Maryland, USA
September 5 - 6, 2003
Dr. Mary Pipher, PhD
Marilyn Mason, PhD
Rockelle Lerner, Author
The goal of the conference was to education attendees through workshops and lectures on the stages of recovery and relapse among females with addictions. Discussions touched on how addiction for females differs from addiction for males, cultural and social influences on the addictive behaviour of women, and how women respond in treatment.

8th Nottingham International Breast Cancer Conference

Nottingham, UK
September 16 - 19, 2003
Professor J. A. Gustavson
Dr. H. Bartelink, Radiation Oncologist
The conference presented advances in the way the medical profession now detects and treats breast cancer among women. Researchers and health care professions discussed the endocrine system as a way for treating breast cancer, predicting the occurrence of breast cancer based on genetics, and aftercare of breast cancer survivors.

September 2003: Metastatic Breast Cancer

Online Conference
September 17, 2003
Musa Mayer
Eric P. Winer, MD
Marisa Weiss, MD
A unique ask the experts online health conference giving participants a chance to ask professionals in the health care field questions that concerned them about breast cancer. Responses covered questions on how cancer spreads n the breast, available medications and treatments, and the possibility of the recurrences of the cancer.

Reproductive Health: From Disaster to Development

Brussels, Belgium
October 7 - 8, 2003
Ulla Sandbaek
Anne Van Laeker
The conference was hosted by the Reproductive Health Response in Crisis on the importance of reproductive health policies and humanitarian aid for developing nations. Data presented was gather from literature reviews, surveys, interviews, and funding trends to determine the effectiveness of reproductive services globally.

9th Annual Graylyn Conference on Women's Health

Winton-Salem, North Carolina, USA
October 29 - 31, 2003
Bernadine Healy, MD
Lewis Kuller, MD, DrPH
Marcia Stefanick, PhD
The Goal of the conference was to discuss the pros and cons of estrogen therapy for post menopausal women and its effects on cognitive functioning. Barbara Sherwin, MA, PhD, lead a panel discussion on clinical trials and observational studies.