Room: Potomac 1-3
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
** This event requires a separate registration and add-on fee. It is NOT included with General Conference Passes.” But, if you use our special code: DISRUPT16, you can attend at no charge.
A Disruptive Women in Health Care Roundtable: Tackling Brain Health
Women. We bring home the bacon and freeze our eggs. We learn from an early age how to multi-task (in heels while walking backwards—you have to be of a certain age to get that one). We take care of things, and people. That’s what we do. But what happens to us, to our brains, as we are busy taking care of everyone and everything? Women are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s as men, making up two thirds of the 5.4 million people in the United States slowly dying with the disease; and women are two thirds of the caregivers. Once women reach 65, they have twice the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s than breast cancer. The burden multiplies when you consider caregivers. They frequently put their careers on hold and drain their own savings to provide care. One in five switches to part-time work, sacrificing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages and benefits. Brain disease goes far beyond Alzheimer’s of course. There are so many women who are on the bleeding edge of this work—in the labs and in the think tanks, in the trenches and in our homes. Come meet the brains behind numerous innovative advances in the study of brain health. Learn about provocative new technologies and bold solutions as our panelists unabashedly share how they are tackling the hard stuff. They’ve got the chutzpah, the moxie, and the smarts to power through the status quo. Join us for a memorable conversation.
Robin Strongin, Founder of Disruptive Women in Health Care, will moderate this roundtable.
Corinna E. Lathan, Ph.D., Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Anthrotronix
Meryl Comer, President and CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative,
Glenna Crooks, Ph.D., Founder, SageLife, LLC