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AccessCircles provides our members with direct access to the leading health and wellness institutions, physicians and research.  We offer cutting edge content and connections that transforms lives.  As we are passionate about equality in all aspects of a woman's life, we place a lens and look more intently at the landscape of the status of women's health and specifically at Gender Precision Research and Medicine. AccessCircles is fully committed to building awareness of issues related to women's health and gender biology and for advocating for changes in public policy to improve the health of women by advancing the field of women's health globally.  This Directory includes thought leaders who have presented at our Forums and Dialogues.

                                   

 

Dale Atkins, Ph.d

Psychologist

A VIEWPOINT

I have always considered it a great privilege to work with individuals and families encountering unexpected life challenges and traumas. The sources of suffering that lead them to seek help take many forms: an Alzheimer's diagnosis in the family, troubled ...

Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.

Lulu & Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavoir
The Rockefeller Institute

UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF THE BRAIN

An animal's behavior arises from the interplay between its environment, its experience, and intrinsic properties of its neural circuits. To understand how genetic networks encode the potential of the nervous system, we are studying nervous system development and behavior in ...

Lisa Christopher-Stine

Director of the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Neurology
Johns Hopkins Medicine

UNMASKING THE MYSTERY OF MYOSITIS

Myositis is a painful, debilitating muscle disease in which the immune system attacks healthy muscle tissue. Its chief symptom is muscle weakness, but because it so closely resembles other diseases, it's difficult to diagnose. In fact, most patients see as ...

Hadassa Degani

The Fred and Andrea Fallek Chair of Breast Cancer Research, The Magnetic Resonance Facility and the Willner Family Center for Vascular Biology.
Weizmann Institute

WITHOUT A SCALPEL

Without a Scalpel: Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnosis Through MRI Anyone who has had a scare with cancer can relate to this line from the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry: "The three most beautiful words in the English language aren't 'I ...

Nava Dekel

Head, The Willner Family Center for Vascular Biology
Weizmann Institute

RESEARCH ON FERTILITY YIELDS UNEXPECTED REWARDS

When Prof. Nava Dekel of the Weizmann Institute of Science's Department of Biological Regulation began studying a protein that plays a role in implanting fertilized eggs in the uterus, she had no idea it would lead to a discovery that ...

David Eagleman

Neuroscientist and Director of The Laboratory for Perception and Action
Baylor College of Medicine

THE LIMITS OF OUR BIOLOGY

Can brain science + several little motors + a cell phone expand the limits of our biology? My graduate student Scott Novich and I are on a mission to see how far we can push the limits of human perception, and what ...

Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Division
Professor of Neurology
John Hopkins Medicine

EASING THE STRUGGLE FOR WORDS

A man in his early 20s issues a sentence of nine words. That's not normally a noteworthy event, but for this young man it's actually an extraordinary triumph. That's because he has severe autism that until the age of 14 had ...

Dr. Lisa Ishii

Director of Plastic Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine

FEELING AND LOOKING YOUR BEST

I have been focused throughout my career and have done extensive research on the impact of facial anomalies on perception. Faces fascinate me: They are the gateway for how we communicate with the world and how the world identifies us. ...

Amishi Jha, Ph.D

Neuroscientist, Researcher, Associate Professor
University of Miami

THE JHA LAB RESEARCH

Our research investigates three main questions: How does the brain pay attention? Attention and working memory are two important cognitive systems that interact with each other to allow for fluid behavior. Attention allows for selection between relevant and irrelevant information, ...

Karen Koffler, MD

Medical Director, Carillon Hotel

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

As an Integrative and Functional medicine physician, I am generally considering two goals: preventing disease and getting to the root of symptoms. This approach allows me to go above and beyond the conventional medicine formula and honors ancient practices and ...

David Linden

Professor
Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Exploring the Science of Pleasure

That certain activities and substances are pleasurable is not news. But understanding why is the subject of continuous research. David J. Linden, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has significantly advanced our knowledge ...

Marc Lippman, MD, MACP, FRCP

Leonard M. Miller Professor of Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavoiral Sciences, Deputy Director, The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

DEPRESSION RELATED BREAST CANCER

Although localized breast cancer is curable, metastatic breast cancer is overwhelmingly lethal. An extraordinary amount of research over the last several years has begun to unravel the changes that occur in normal breast cells that incite them to grow abnormally, ...

Dr. Kostas Lyketsos

Director of the Department of Psychiatry,
Elizabeth Plank Althouse Endowed Professorship
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

MEMORY: MYTH VERSUS TRUTH

Can brain games really give you a boost? Does your diet affect your recall? A Johns Hopkins expert shares what science shows about memory.Concerned about memory loss? You're not alone. When a major university polled 2,678 people about their biggest ...

Dr. Woodson Merrell, MD

Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Center

JUICE CLEANSES CAN GET YOUR HEALTH BACK ON TRACK

From time to time, most people think about buckling down on their diets. But what I have found works best is to take it in small steps. Start with changing your eating for just a few days -- with a 3...

Redonda Miller, M.B.A., M.D.

President
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Communicating Life-Sustaining Decisions

State law now requires Maryland hospitals and medical facilities to document patient health care decisions in the form of a two-page paper medical order set, the Maryland Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). By stimulating discussion on important and difficult-to-discuss ...

Nada Milosjavljevic, MD, JD

Director, Integrative Health Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

THE MANIFESTATION OF STRESS IN OUR MIND AND BODY

Stress can manifest in a number of ways. Physically, we see it internally and externally. Internally, our major stress hormone, cortisol, kicks in. That's the hormone primarily responsible for our "flight or fight" response. It causes a cascade of physiologic ...

Larry Norton, MD

Scientific Director, BCRF and Medical Director,
Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

STOPPING CANCER CELLS BEFORE THEY BEGIN

Cancer has, until very recently, been regarded as a collection of diseases characterized by, indeed defined by, abnormalities in cell division (mitosis). This is logical in that the most obvious attribute of most cancers is the formation of masses, called ...

Dr. Pamela Ouyang

Director of the Johns Hopkins Women's Cardiovascular Health Center
John Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute

HOMING IN ON A WOMAN'S HEART

It's a staple of romantic comedies that in matters of the heart, women differ from men. In the treatment and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, however, that has not been the case. For the most part, women's and men's hearts have ...

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

Physician, Author and Expert in Food, Mood and Addiction
The Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living

TREATMENT FOR ADDICTIVE EATING - MANY SHADES OF GRAY

For years, the popular culture has embraced the relationship between food and addiction. It permeates our daily vernacular– "I'm hooked on bread", "I need a candy fix", "I can't get off the stuff", "I'm a carb addict". Grocery store shelves ...

David Perlmutter, MD, FACN

President
The Perlmutter Health Center

GRAIN BRAIN: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar

In the United States today there are more than five and a half million individuals who carry the diagnosis of full-blown Alzheimer's disease. And clearly a much larger number of people qualify as suffering from "pre-Alzheimer's" disease or what clinicians ...

Yardena Samuels, Ph.D

Researcher, Weizmann Institute's Department of Molecular Cell Biology
Weizmann Institute

LOOKING FOR THE GENES THAT DRIVE CANCER

Prof. Yardena Samuels of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Molecular Cell Biology uses the power of DNA sequencing to identify new groups of genetic mutations involved in the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. One of her discoveries, a mutation ...

MICHAEL T. SMITH, PH.D., C.B.S.M.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Nursing,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Alafousos Scholar,
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Behavior and Health,
Co-Director,
Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep-Related Symptom Science

Losing Sleep

In the 1800s, the average adult American slept more than nine hours a night. Since then, we've been steadily losing sleep, and in the last decade we've given up yet another half-hour of it a night.If you conducted a ...

Dr. Karen Swartz

Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavoiral Sciences
Johns Hopkins Medicine
THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS Karen Swartz, M.D., says that in her nine years speaking at Johns Hopkins' annual women's health conference, A Woman's Journey, no topic has generated more interest than her recent talk on love and forgiveness. ...

Miho Tanaka, M.D.

Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins

Preventing ACL Tears: 4 Tips for Girls and Women

Women of all ages are constantly pushing their own physical limits and challenging what it means to be a female athlete. But it's much more common for women to tear their ACL than men. Find out the best ways to ...

Suzanne Topalian, M.D.

Professor of Surgery and Oncology,
Director of the Melanoma Program at Johns Hopkins
Associate Director of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

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