Speakers

 

Farida Sohrabji

Farida Sohrabji, PhD: Farida Sohrabji is Regents Professor, Shelton Professor of Neuroscience and Interim Department Head of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. She obtained a joint doctoral degree in Neurobiology & Biopsychology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and completed her post-doctoral training at Columbia University, New York. She joined the faculty of Texas A&M College of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Sohrabji directs a federally funded research program that focuses on sex and age differences in stroke and Alzheimer's disease. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Stroke Council) and a member of the inaugural class of Texas A&M Presidential Impact Fellows. Dr. Sohrabji is actively involved in the training of graduate and medical students and mentorship of junior faculty. She is the founder and Director of the Women's Health in Neuroscience Program at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and a strong advocate for the inclusion of gender/sex differences in biomedical research.

Margie Davenport

Margie Davenport, PhD: Margie Davenport is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and Director of the Program for Pregnancy and Postpartum Health. Her research program has focused on the role of physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period on maternal/fetal health since 2005. Margie is a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada National New Investigator in Women's Heart Health, and recently led the development of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada/Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy.

Keisa Mathis

Keisa Mathis, PhD: Keisa W. Mathis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Anatomy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). Following her graduate training at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. It was in Jackson where she began her work studying immune and inflammatory mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension. At UNTHSC, The Mathis laboratory uses a mouse model of lupus to determine whether impaired neuroimmune pathways promote renal inflammation, hypertension and renal injury. Findings from the Mathis laboratory will benefit both the hypertension and lupus research communities, and to that end Dr. Mathis is currently funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the Lupus Research Alliance. Dr. Mathis actively serves her institution as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She also serves on the National Research Committee for the American Heart Association (AHA), the Leadership Committee for the AHA Council of Hypertension, and as the Diversity Champion for the AHA Council on the Kidney Cardiovascular Disease, among other AHA committees and task forces. Dr. Mathis is devoted to her trainees and her research and aims to impact the international science community as a leader in the fight against hypertension and lupus.