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Women's Health Seminar Series | Sex and Pain, What's the Story?

December 7, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Masur Auditorium in Building 10

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is pleased to introduce the new Women's Health Seminar Series. This exciting program will feature speakers presenting the latest information on scientific topics important to the health of women across the life course.

The inaugural seminar will highlight the timely issue of pain and the opioid epidemic:

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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jeffrey Mogil, McGill University, “Pain, Sex, and Death.”

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Roger Fillingim, University of Florida, “Women in Pain: Morbidity and Mortality.”

Dr. Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, University of Buffalo, “Do Sex Differences in Pain Differ Across Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Groups?”

Dr. Ann Berger, NIH, “Psychosocial Aspects of Pain and Healing in Palliative Care.”

Dr. Siobán D. Harlow, University of Michigan, “Pain at Midlife: Evidence from the Multiethnic Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN).”

Dr. Marjorie R. Jenkins, FDA, “Opioid Epidemic: Sex and Gender Influences.”

Closing Remarks:

Dr. David Thomas, NIDA/NIH Pain Consortium.


At the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explore and better understand the linkage between biologic mechanisms underlying pain.
  • Understand clinically relevant pain pathways in both sexes and utilize sex-specific evidence to direct pain management in women and men.
  • Discuss the current opioid epidemic, including mechanisms of sex differences and relevant gender factors.


Continuing Education Credits (CEC) are available. Registration is required to receive the credits; see for details.

To watch the seminar online, visit Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Fire regulations require that every person in Masur Auditorium occupy a seat. Standing in the aisles or in the back of the auditorium is not permitted.  

Sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Elizabeth Sekine,, 301-594-9007.

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