HSC to host Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium

Womens Heart Health
Photo courtesy of creative commons via Allina Health

Sixty million U.S. women live with some form of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is responsible for 1 in 5 female deaths, but only about half of women recognize it as their No. 1 killer.  

To bring awareness to the importance of women’s heart and brain health, The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is hosting the Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium on Feb. 1 and 2. The event will bring together scientists and community members to discuss the latest research on women’s health topics and share personal stories about the impacts of cardiovascular disease.  

Keynote speakers include Dr. Florence Haseltine, a professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, and medical director at the North Texas Genome Center. She also is the former director of the Center for Population Research of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. Also speaking will be Dr. Yolanda Lawson, OB-GYN and 124th president of the National Medical Association. 

“The Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium will raise awareness of important issues effecting women’s health, engage in important conversations about the mental health of women throughout their life spans, and bring attention to cutting-edge research on women’s health in the DFW area,” said Dr. Mark Cunningham, an assistant professor of physiology in HSC’s School Biomedical Sciences and one of the event’s organizers. 

“This year, we are also focused on amplifying the voices of those affected by cardiovascular disease. It will be a transformative event for our research and health communities.” 

HSC is inviting members of the community to participate in the symposium by sharing stories about how cardiovascular disease has impacted their lives. During the Red Out, Shout Out Showcase, the community is invited to share personal stories and testimonials, and highlight American Heart Month by showcasing various methods of artistic expression, including wearing red clothing and accessories. 

“Through the Red Out, Shout Out Showcase, we have an opportunity to hear from our community about how these diseases have directly or indirectly affected their lives — from the women themselves to their family members, friends and caretakers,” said Desiree Ramirez, HSC executive vice president and chief integrity and privacy officer, and one of the event’s organizers. “All family members, regardless of gender or age, are welcome to participate and give their impactful testimonies, giving our research community an opportunity to see how they continue to transform lives in order to improve the lives of others.” 

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from HSC and other North Texas universities will share their research on cardiovascular and brain health at poster and presentation sessions. Attendees also can access health resources at a community health exhibit.  

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested should register to attend or participate.

The Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium is sponsored by the HSC Office of the President and the university’s Division of Research. It will mark the beginning of HSC’s Black History Month and American Heart Month events.  

Recent News

Screenshot 2024 06 20 At 3.45.01 pm
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

From sacrifice to success: a journey through physical therapy school

Ancelmo Mojarro came to Fort Worth to study. The Tyler native knew he wanted to be a physical therapist early on his undergraduate days. He embarked on his path to physical therapy a decade ago, inspired by a friend's suggestion amidst his quest to find his calling in the medical field. “I starte...
Garciarosanski
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

HSC pro bono physical therapy program offers hope

For 70-year-old Beverly Rozanski, the journey to improved health has been long and challenging. Raised in Michigan, Rozanski spent her childhood and early adult years struggling with physical challenges that made even the simplest tasks seem insurmountable. However, her discovery of a pro bono p...
Mills John
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

Team of HSC experts develops national position statement for NCCHC on care for aging patients in correctional facilities

Addressing an overlooked and sometimes neglected patient population, a group of experts from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth partnered with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to write a “Care for Aging Patients in the Correctional Setting” posit...
Jennifer Fix 2 Purple
  • Education
|Jun 18, 2024

Pharmacy technician shortage driving force behind new, online prep course

A self-paced, online Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course is now being offered through The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth as a way to help combat the shortage of pharmacy technicians at hospitals, health systems and retail pharmacies. Recognized by the Pharmacy Tech...