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  • AER19 Keynote Speakers

    Janin-Austen-ClaytonNovember 18 8:45-9:45 AM
    Janine Austin Clayton, MD
    Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health; Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Janine Austin Clayton, MD, Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director of the ORWH at the NIH, is the architect of the NIH policy requiring scientists to consider sex as a biological variable across the research spectrum. This policy is part of the NIH’s initiative to enhance reproducibility through rigor and transparency. As co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Clayton also leads NIH’s efforts to advance the careers of women in science.

    Prior to joining the ORWH, Dr. Clayton was the Deputy Clinical Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) for seven years. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clayton’s research interests include autoimmune ocular diseases and the role of sex and gender in health and disease. She is the author of more than 80 scientific publications, journal articles, and book chapters.

    Dr. Clayton, a native Washingtonian, received her undergraduate degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Clayton completed fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in uveitis and ocular immunology at NEI.

    Dr. Clayton has received numerous awards, including the Senior Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008 and the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association Clinical Uveitis Research Award in 2010. She was selected as a 2010 Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In 2015, she was awarded the American Medical Women’s Association’s Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award and the Wenger Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Clayton was granted the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health in 2016. She was also selected as an honoree for the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in 2017.

    Scott-HalpernNovember 19 8:40-9:45 AM
    Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD
    Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

    Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and a practicing critical care physician. He is the Founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center. He is also the Founding Director of the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS). Finally, he is a member of the Steering Committee of Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economic (CHIBE).

    Mary-Elizabeth-WilliamsNovember 20 8:30-9:30 AM
    Mary Elizabeth Williams, BA
    Writer, Speaker, Consultant, maryelizabethwilliams.net

    Mary Elizabeth Williams, BA, is an author and a journalist. She has written for the New York Times, LA Times, the Guardian, Time, Salon, and numerous other publications. In 2011, after a melanoma recurrence at Stage four, she became one of the first patients in the world to enroll in a groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Twelve weeks later, she showed no evidence of disease, and she has been cancer free ever since. She chronicled her experience in the 2016 National Geographic science memoir A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles, and continues to work with the cancer and clinical trial community. She is currently studying for her certification in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University.