Go Red for women’s health

Take it to heart: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in America. But not all is the same for both Dick and Jane.

“There is growing awareness that diseases in men and women are different,” said Jennifer Sullivan, Assistant Professor in the Vascular Biology Center.

To combat misconceptions about heart and vascular disease, Sullivan is coordinating the second annual GO RED for Women Symposium Feb. 4 to encourage discussion and research collaboration pertaining to women’s health issues.

GO RED for Women was created by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease as the number-one killer of women and to encourage women to take charge of their heart health.

The symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Chris Baylis, J. Robert Cade Professor of Physiology in the Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics at the Univer-sity of Florida. Baylis will discuss the expansion of blood volume in pregnant women, and how pregnancy-related illnesses can be linked to cardiovascular health.

Following the keynote address, five researchers—Drs. Babak Baban, Eric Belin de Chantemele, Darrell Brann, Joseph Cannon and David Pollock—will highlight ongoing MCG research that relates to women’s cardiovascular health.

“We have a number of people on campus who are doing this, but there is a lack of awareness that there are others on campus with similar interests. So part of our goal is to get all of these people together,” Sullivan said.

Afternoon poster presentations will cap off the day.

“These more casual informational mini-sessions offer an opportunity after the oral presentations to mingle, to talk about things, to get ideas flowing and to form collaborations,” Sullivan said.

Those interested in participating may contact Sullivan at 706-721-9796 or jsullivan@mcg.edu.

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