Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health

Penn PROMOTES Annual Symposium

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health invited all members of the Penn community to attend our annual symposium at The Study in University City. This afternoon session highlighted interdisciplinary speakers who discussed their research in the context of sex and gender. In 2019, we focused on health disparities and featured:




Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD - Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Perelman School of Medicine
Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania.As a practicing glaucoma specialist, she has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited four ophthalmology textbooks and is in scholarship related to health policy, STEM, and patient care at the University of Pennsylvania.



Melissa A Simon, MD - Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Northwestern University & Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Health Equity Transformation
Dr. Simon's primary research interests are aimed at eliminating health disparities among low income, medically underserved women across the lifespan. Integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models, Dr. Simon's research focuses on interventions (such as patient navigation and community health outreach workers) that aim to reduce and eliminate such disparities. 



José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH - Presidential Professor of Nursing & Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
Dr. Bauermeister is Penn Presidential Professor of Nursing, Professor in the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine, and Penn Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His interdisciplinary research integrates perspectives from public health, psychology, sexuality, and health communication to create innovative strategies to curtail HIV disparities in the United States.

We also hosted a poster presentation. The top three abstracts were selected to "pitch" their work to the audience, with a vote determining which two submissions went on to submit a two-page proposal, with the winner receiving $20,000 in pilot funding. 2nd and 3rd place submissions were awarded $1,000 for conference travel in the coming year.

Our event concluded with the poster session and networking reception. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this unique and energizing afternoon- we will update as details for next year's 2020 symposium are confirmed!