Event Details

Location: Charles T. Wethington Building, Room 127
Event Category: Symposium

Additional Event Information

The ninth annual Healthy Hearts for Women Symposium will return to an in-person event this year and feature nationally recognized expert panelists from Baylor, Emory, UCLA, and Yale, as well as the University of Kentucky.

Register here.

The event is sponsored by the UK College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, and Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS).


8:15-8:30 a.m.
Dr. Susan Smyth Memoriam

8:30-9:15 a.m.
"Stress, Trauma, and Social Vulnerability: Cardiovascular Risk and Prevention Opportunities for Women Veterans”
Allison E. Gaffey, PhD
Instructor, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine


9:15-10 a.m.
“Understanding Sex Differences in Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections Using Multi-omics Approaches”

Ying Shen, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, Aortic Disease Research Laboratory
Baylor College of Medicine


10-10:30 a.m.

“Cardiovascular Disease in Women in 2023: Twenty Years of Go Red”
Gina Lundberg (via Zoom)
Professor, Department of Medicine
Emory Heart and Vascular, Cardiology

Dr. Lundberg is a national American Heart Association spokesperson and has been a board member of the AHA for Atlanta from 2001-2007. She also was on the Southeast Affiliate Board 2006-2007 and served on the SEA Strategic Health Initiatives Committee to promote Go Red for Women. She has been involved in every program related to the Go Red for Women initiative for the metro Atlanta area since its development in 2003. Dr. Lundberg was the honoree for North Fulton/Gwinnett County Heart Ball in 2006. In 2009, she was awarded the Women with Heart Award at the Go Red Luncheon for outstanding dedication to the program. She is a Circle of Red founding member and a Cor Vitae member for AHA.  


11-11:45 a.m.
“Mechanisms contributing to sex differences in obesity, postprandial lipid metabolism, and statin drug adverse effects”
Karen Reue, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Human Genetics
Associate Director, UCLA/Cal Tech Medical Scientist Training Program


Noon-1 p.m.
Lunch and short presentations

12:15 p.m.
“Circadian Regulation of Metabolic Risk in Mice and Women”
Julie Pendergast, PhD

12:30 p.m.
“A Change of Heart: Cardiovascular Disease in Women”
Sara Klinger, MD

12:45 p.m.
“Adverse Outcomes of Pregnancy and Future Cardiovascular Risk”
Robin Shoemaker, PhD


CTW 127 Directions and Parking Information

1. The hospital parking garage is located at 110 Transcript Ave., directly across South Limestone from UK Chandler Hospital. You should be able to locate this destination by GPS. 
2. After parking, take the elevator to Level A and exit the parking structure on Transcript Ave.
3. Walk to the corner of Transcript Ave. and South Limestone and cross the street.
4. The CTW Building will be on your left, just behind the University Health Services Building.
5. Enter the CTW Building and take the first hallway on your right. The Commons Room (CTW 127) is located directly at the end of the hallway.