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Institute for Women's Health and Leadership Sex & Gender Research Forum

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The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership invites all members of the Drexel community to a university-wide Sex and Gender Research Forum on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in Gerri C. LeBow Hall Room 220. This interactive program, held on International Women’s Day, will highlight Drexel’s interdisciplinary research focused on sex and gender in a local, national and global context. The event will also include two prominent keynote speakers who will address current sex and gender issues.

Sponsors to date:

  • Laurencin Family Foundation
  • Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
  • Office of the Provost
  • DUCOM Office of Research
  • Office of International Programs
  • School of Education
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Registration for the forum will be available in January 2018. Registration is free and will include a light breakfast and lunch.

Additional details:

Learn about Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD
Meet the Steering Committee
Forum staff

Call for Abstracts

All Drexel researchers (faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, professional students, postdocs/residents/fellows), who are working on sex- and/or gender-related projects are encouraged to attend and are invited to submit abstracts for presentations at the event.

Submit an Abstract

Presentation options include:

  • Research presentation (10-minute presentation)
  • Flash talk (4-minute presentation)
  • Virtual poster (poster to be presented in electronic format, displayed throughout the day at the event and online during/after the event)

Abstracts (250 words) will be accepted until Monday, December 18, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by mid-January 2018. Awards for student submissions will be given.

Please submit abstracts through our submission portal.

For more information, please contact Janine Barber at

Presenters and attendees at the Sex and Gender Research Forum

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About Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD

Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD

Helen Isabella Moorehead-Laurencin, MD, practiced medicine from offices on the ground floor of her North Philadelphia row home for almost 45 years. She served as the strength of her community, helping five generations of individuals around her.

After graduating from Girls' High at age 15 with a straight A average, Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin went on to graduate from Cheney University at age 19 with a bachelor of science in education. She had a deep longing to help people by practicing medicine and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Meharry Medical College, where she was one of the few women to receive a medical degree at that time.

Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin led an extremely busy and rewarding life. In addition to running her practice, serving on the staff of Nazareth Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, and serving as a medical consultant for the Philadelphia Board of Education, she served as an advisor to City Hall in the area of community health as a member of the Mayor’s Health Commission in the 1980s. Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin saw her dreams come true when all three of her children graduated from Ivy League universities and became medical doctors.

Patients, friends and medical colleagues of Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin felt that she was North Philadelphia’s “matriarch.” She was a treasured resource, who guided and supported those in her community to take the extra step toward success. What made her life so remarkable was the unremarkable way she lived it. “She exemplified the best of what altruism and a thrill for knowledge and science can accomplish. She didn’t simply practice medicine, she lived it,” said her son, Dr. Cato Laurencin.

References: Philadelphia Inquirer (April 8, 1994) and the Philadelphia Tribune (April 8, 1994)

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Steering Committee

Pamela A. Geller, PhD – Chair
Associate Professor, Psychology; Research Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
College of Arts and Sciences

Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP
Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Mary Ebeling, PhD
Director, Women's and Gender Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Quanrico J. Gibson
Board Member
Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Foundation

Kristy Kelly, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Education

Lynnezy Laurencin, MD
Board Member
Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Foundation

Michele Marcolongo, PhD
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering
Vice Provost for Research

Owen Montgomery, MD
Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine

Ana Núñez, MD
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
College of Medicine

Barbara Schindler, MD
Vice Dean Emerita, Educational and Academic Affairs; Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics
College of Medicine

Kenny Simansky, PhD
Vice Dean for Research; Professor, Pharmacology
College of Medicine

Ellen Staurowsky, EdD
Professor, Sport Management
Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Joan Weiner, PhD
Professor, Management
LeBow College of Business

Lynn Yeakel, MSM
Director, Institute for Women's Health and Leadership
College of Medicine

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Forum Staff Members

Janine Barber, IWHL Program Manager

Janine Barber, MS
Program Manager, Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
College of Medicine

Contact Information:

Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD

Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information:

Attendees at the Sex and Gender Research Forum

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