Women's Issues in Neurology  Quarterly Journal Club

A North American Collaboration -  Led by the Women's Neurology Programs at Harvard University (Dr. Angela O'Neal), University of Pittsburgh (Dr. Janet Waters), and the University of Toronto (Dr. Esther Bui), this quarterly e-Journal Club explores topics within Women's Neurology with invited experts within the field.

Inflammatory Activity After Diverse Fertility Treatments - A Multicenter Analysis in the Modern Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Era

Presented by Drs. Edith Graham and Riley Bove discussing their recent work on fertility and inflammation.        

Friday Dec 8 2023 1PM-2PM Eastern Standard Time

Dr. Edith Graham is a board-certified neurologist at Northwestern Medical Group in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Graham’s fellowship at Northwestern University prepared her to treat patients with neuroimmunologic and neuroinfectious disorders.  These include multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, central nervous system vasculitis, neurosarcoidosis, autoimmune/infectious encephalitis, and neurologic sequelae of Covid-19.. 

Dr. Riley Bove is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. She started her career as an anthropologist conducting research on social mediators of women’s fertility, access to health care, and experience of illness, first researching lactational amenorrhea in the Toba community in Argentina, and later the effect of polygyny on women’s health as a Fulbright scholar in Mali. She obtained her MD and MMSc in translational research at Harvard Medical School, and completed her Neurology residency and a research fellowship in Neuroimmunology at MassGeneral Brigham. In her clinical research, she has published extensively on sex and gender-related aspects of multiple sclerosis and her research centers on pregnancy and menopause. At UCSF, Dr. Bove is the founding Director of the Sex and Gender Enriched Neurology Program.

The Menopause Transition: Implications for Women’s Hearts and Brains 

With special guest:  Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, FAMBR, FAPS.

Friday, June 30th 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Dr. Thurston is Pittsburgh Foundation Chair of Women’s Health and Dementia; Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Epidemiology; and Director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Thurston is an expert in the menopause, its symptoms, and women’s cardiovascular and brain health. Dr. Thurston is a Principal Investigator of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, a seminal study of the menopause transition and of the MsBrain studies of vasomotor symptoms and cardiovascular and brain health. Dr. Thurston is a recipient of the International Menopause Society’s Henry Burger Award, is past president of the North American Menopause Society, and is a fellow of the American Psychosomatic Society and of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Cancer Risk in Children of Mothers With Epilepsy and High-Dose Folic Acid Use During Pregnancy.  Håkon Magne Vegrim, et al. JAMA Neurol. 2022;79(11):1-10. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.2977

Presented by Dr. Mimma Anello and Faculty Mentor Dr. Esther Bui

with special guest Dr. Hakon Magne Vegrim, Principle Author

Friday Jan 27th, 2023 1PM -2PM Eastern Standard Time

Dr. Mimma Anello completed medical school at Western University in London, Ontario and is currently in her 5th year of neurology residency training at University Hospital in London, Ontario. She is a mom of two beautiful babies and plans to do a women’s health neurology fellowship in Toronto when she completes her residency training. 

Dr. Esther Bui is an assistant professor, clinician educator at the University of Toronto. She is the founding director of the Women's Neurology Fellowship, the first program of its kind in Canada.