We invite you to join us for our AccessCircles Winter Forum, “On the Edge”, January 24-27, 2019 at the St. Regis, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach. (See the full agenda below)
Scientists know that exciting things happen along the boundaries between things. At the dividing line between two things, there’s often no hard line at all. Rather, there’s a system, phenomenon or region rich in diversity or novel behavior — something entirely different from the two things that created it.
At our AccessCircles Forums, we like pushing the boundaries of knowledge by exploring the boundaries between us and the world of science. We strive to create experiences that ignite that spark creativity and innovation which forces us to think differently and to interact, “On The Edge”.
Come, sit "On The Edge" with us as we explore how innovation from our thought leaders creates dramatic results - and will change your lives forever.
We will explore many topics:
- Women: The growing problem of Opiods and Cannabanoids
- How Immunology Affects Our Lives
- The Impact of Exercise on our Brains
- WHAM!: Women’s Health Matters Update
- Women on The Edge: Changing women’s health through their philanthropic visions.
Saturday morning will focus on Mindfulness and Meditation, Nutrition and Exercise and how we can live calmer, focused and more stress free lives.
Enjoy the warmth of Miami and cutting edge wisdom from extraordinary and iconic thought leaders, while connecting with friends. Spend your afternoons rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit by enjoying the spa, the beach, pools or shopping at the legendary Bal Harbour Shops. Our evenings will be shared together as we dine al fresco each night.
ON THE EDGE: AN ACCESSCIRCLES FORUM
St. Regis Hotel, Miami Beach
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019
6:00pm – 8:45pm
OPENING WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER
DARING: MY PASSAGES - A PERSONAL JOURNEY
Guest Speaker: Gail Sheehy, New York Times Best Selling Author and Journalist
World-renowned author of 17 books, journalist, and popular lecturer, Gail Sheehy has changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. Her revolutionary book, Passages, was named by the Library of Congress one of the ten most influential books of our times.
Gail will share her own personal journey with us and her views on the personal ambitions and vulnerabilities that drive the world’s most public women.
Sheehy is one of the founding writers of New York and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. She has written about presidential candidates from Robert Kennedy to Hilary Clinton and world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019
7:30am – 8:00am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE
8:15am – 8:30am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Carolee Lee, Founder, AccessCircles, WHAM!
8:30am – 9:30am
STARTING AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL: A VIEW FROM THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S HEALTH, NIH
Guest Speaker: Dr. Janine Clayton, Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH
It doesn’t take a medical degree to understand that men and women are built differently—different hormonal patterns and even different lifestyle choices can affect the health outcomes for each sex (which, unlike gender, is a biological construct). The differences exist even at the cellular level. “Literally every cell in your body has a sex, from your liver to your lungs,” Dr. Clayton explains. “Being XX or XY affects the actual physiology of that tissue. Those differences have an impact on how men and women manifest diseases, how they respond to treatments, the side effects that they have and their overall health.”
Despite progress in recognizing and incorporating sex-based differences in the health of men and women, work remains, Hear how The Office of Research for Women, led by Dr. Janine Clayton, is forging the way to sustain change in how women are studied and results reported. All of this affects our diagnosis, treatment and ultimately the level of our well being.
9:30am – 10:30am
MINDFUL STORY TELLING
Guest Speaker: Lisa Genova, PhD, New York Time Bestselling Author. Neuroscientist. Speaker. Yogi. Mom. Empathy Warrior.
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, about a Harvard University professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer”s disease. The novel was adapted into a film in 2014 film and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Julianne Moore’s highly acclaimed performance as Alice Howland.
Lisa will discuss the power of story to understand neurological diseases, disorders, and mental illness, to generate empathy, and to invite conversation that fuels social change.
There are over 2.6 million copies of Still Alice in print, and it has been translated into 37 languages. It was chosen as one of the thirty titles for World Book Night 2013. Genova has written fiction about characters dealing with neurological disorder. Gallery Books published her next three novels, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O'Briens, all New York Times bestsellers.
10:30am - 11:30am
OPIODS, CANNABANOIDS: OUR RESPONSE AND IMMUNE SYSTEMS
Guest Speakers: Dr. Sabra Klein, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Dr. Carolyn Mazure, Psychologist, Director, Women’s Health Research at Yale
This panel will explore how men and women express disease, addiction and brain disease differently from each other and why we need to understand more fully the impact this can make on our health and longevity.
The overarching goal of Dr. Klein’s research program is to uncover the mechanisms mediating how males and females differ in their immune responses to viral infection and vaccination. We hypothesize that sex steroids and signaling through sex steroid receptors are critical pathways modulating immune responses to viruses. We consider how immunological, hormonal, and genetic differences between males and females affect sex differences in susceptibility to viruses, including influenza viruses.
The medical profession has a long history of disregarding women in research and treatment, from ignoring our pain or the differences in heart attack symptoms. The same has been true with how we're addressing the opioid epidemic and the growing use of cannabinoids. Women’s health research at Yale director Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure argues that policymakers, researchers and clinicians need to start considering how addiction affects women differently and what we can do to reduce the incidence and potency of it.
11:30am – 12:30pm
BE INSPIRED: EXCEPTIONAL VISIONARIES – CREATING IMPACT
Moderator: Caroline Hodkinson, Senior Vice President
Director of Philanthropic Advisory at Bessemer Trust
Lynn Posluns, Founder and President, Women’s Brain Health Initiative
Lynn Posluns is Founder and President of Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI), the only organization dedicated solely to protecting the brain health of women. Since the charity launched in Canada and the U.S. in 2012, Women's Brain Health Initiative has made tremendous strides in raising awareness about the inequity in brain aging research for women, in funding that research, and in creating compelling education programs to help women protect their cognitive vitality.
Dr. Karin Hehenberger, Founder of Lyfebulb
Lyfebulb, is a patient-empowerment platform that connects chronic disease patients, industry, and investors to support user-driven innovation. Lyfebulb was founded by Dr. Karin Hehenberger who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an early age; Dr. Hehenberger has dedicated her life to helping others impacted by chronic illnesses. Her personal history with diabetes as well as its consequences, which required kidney and pancreas transplants, provide Dr. Hehenberger with an understanding from a patient perspective as well as a medical professional. It is from those experiences both as a patient and as a doctor, that Dr. Hehenberger was motivated to create Lyfebulb.
Our exciting panel discussion will feature two extraordinary women who will share their vision for creating enterprise which support women’ health and well being. Tapping into their experience, passion and vision, our panel discussion will inspire us to think differently about the impact each of us can make through our own passions.
12:30pm – 1:30pm
LUNCH OCEANSIDE -
A continuation of our dialogues with experts at our tables to lead the discussions and offer insights and inspiration.
1:45am – 2:15pm
WHAM!: Women's Health Access Matters - An Update
Guest Speakers: Dr. Hadine Joffe, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health, Brigham Health, Harvard; Carolee Lee, Founder of WHAM!
WHAM! was launched in July 2018 in Aspen as an initiative of AccessCircles. We are passionate about women’s health and the impact that we know can be made if research reflects how men and women are different down to the cellular level. We are committed to changing the landscape of women’s health research with our lead scientific partner, the Connors Center, Brigham Health, Harvard and the collaborative of leading institutions that we are building.
2:15pm - 3:15pm
HEALTHY BRAIN, HAPPY LIFE
Guest Speaker: Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University.
Dr. Suzuki’s major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans.
She received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 studying with Prof. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego in 1993 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University in 1998.
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
DINNER OCEANSIDE AT THE ST. REGIS
Enjoy a relaxing dinner ocean side at the St. Regis with your AccessCircles friends and our esteemed thought leaders.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
7:30am – 9:15am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE
8:00am – 8:45 am
YOGA BY THE BEACH
9:15 DEPART BY BUS FOR SACRED SPACE MIAMI, WYNWOOD
9:45 – 12:00pm
OPTIMIZING OUR HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION AND MINDFULNESS
We will spend the morning at Sacred Space, Miami, an innovative center in Wynwood, committed to elevating consciousness through their commitment towards wellness, education, nutrition, sustainability, and community. Their programming offers a modern method to the world’s most ancient practices. Ideologies of Integrative health, functional medicine and prevention are at the core of their being,
12:15pm – 1:30pm
LUNCH AT PLANT
At Plant, the philosophy is to celebrate the healing forces of plant-empowered nourishment. Their certified biodynamic Paradise Farms offers farm-to-chef organic microgreens, exotic fruits and vegetables, oyster mushrooms, medicinal herbs, and 67 varieties of edible flowers. These same plant-powered ingredients appear in the dishes of Plant Miami an organic and seasonally-inspired restaurant.
Share a deliciously prepared and beautifully presented lunch at Plant, their organic and seasonally-inspired restaurant where the ingredients come from the certified biodynamic Paradise Farms. Plant Culinary teaches about plant-based cuisine embodying the principles of functional nutrition
1:30 RETURN TO THE ST REGIS HOTEL
2:00pm – 6:30pm
AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
Enjoy the Florida sunshine and all that the St. Regis, a magnificent beach, multiples pools, state of the art gym, walking and biking pathways, or take a stroll along the Bal Harbour Shops. There is always the option to adventure out to the Design District, South Beach or Wynwood!
7:00pm – 9:00pm
AL FRESCO DINNER AT THE ST. REGIS
Enjoy our final dinner with new friends and AccessCircles members!
AccessCircles Forum Fee Member: $1100.00
Non-Member Forum Fee: $1350.00
The AccessCircles Forum fee is all inclusive: all programming as outlined below, daytime meals and exquisite private dinners. Hotel rooms as the St. Regis are not included and need to be booked directly before December 31st to receive our discounted rate of $545.00. Please see Hotel Information tab.
St. Regis Miami Beach (Bal Harbour)
You must make your reservation BEFORE December 31, 2018 to receive the AccessCircles rate.
Reference AccessCircles when you call to receive our special room rate.
$545/ night plus tax.
Our block is limited, please book asap. Our rate is available 3 days prior and 3 days post upon availability.