April 25, 2011 - By Michelle Brandt
Author and founding president of the Global Fund for Women, Anne Firth Murray, will headline the second annual Women’s Health Forum at Stanford on May 11. The free event, which also includes presentations from experts throughout the School of Medicine, was designed to educate the public on key health issues facing women.
The event is sponsored by Women’s Health at Stanford, a multidisciplinary program within the medical school. It will take place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. in the Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford campus.
The program was designed to cover the lifespan of a woman. It addresses topics affecting young, middle-age and senior women. During the forum Stanford experts will provide gender-specific information and discuss the latest research findings and treatment options in a wide variety of areas, including breast cancer, skin cancer, cardiovascular disease, miscarriage, senior and ethnic health and obesity. Other topics include mood disorders, chronic pain in women, the impact of alcohol consumption on the health of women, international issues in women’s health and sleep.
Firth Murray, author of From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice, is the keynote speaker and will discuss critical issues in international women’s health. For the past 25, she has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978 to the end of 1987, she directed the environment and international population programs of the Hewlett Foundation. She then helped to establish the Global Fund for Women, an organization that provides grants to women’s human rights organizations around the world.
Other prominent speakers include Lynn Westphal, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of Women’s Health at Stanford, and Marcia Stefanick, PhD, professor of medicine and chair of the steering committee of the landmark, federally funded Women’s Health Initiative.
Although the forum is a free public event, pre-registration is required due to facility capacity. For detailed information or to register, please visit: http://wsdm.stanford.edu or call (650) 725-0455 and leave your name and contact information.
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