Media Alert: Johns Hopkins Celebrates 12th Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium


Symposium topics include maternal death, mental health and mood disorders

The Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research will host its 12th annual Women’s Health Research Symposium to showcase research collaborations focusing on women’s health across Johns Hopkins’ schools of medicine, public health and nursing. One of the center’s prominent goals is to increase high-quality, high-impact women’s health and sex research that will improve women’s lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.

“Lost Women — Setting a Research Agenda to Eliminate Maternal Mortality,” a daylong symposium showcasing research by prominent senior faculty members in the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research

Monday, May 13, 2019
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Sommer Hall, Hall E 2014


Speakers/presenters will include:

Christy Turlington Burns

Christy Turlington Burns is an American model, producer and founder of the organization Every Mother Counts, which promotes awareness, policy and advocacy for women’s maternal health nationally and internationally.

She will present two films from Every Mother Counts featuring patients discussing personal experiences with maternal care in the U.S.


Elizabeth Howell, M.D.
Elizabeth Howell is director of The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute at Mount Sinai Health System. Howell advocates for women’s health care in underserved populations and speaks on topics including women’s health disparities, infant mortality and postpartum depression. Howell’s research interests include maternal morbidity.

This session will cover quality improvement in maternal care and maternal health research gaps.

Charvonne Holliday, Ph.D.

As assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Holliday works within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, where she aims to improve women’s health by addressing disparities in intimate partner violence and researching to determine how intimate partner violence may influence women’s reproductive decisions, among other things. Holliday’s research interests also include gender and social ecology.

She will share information about hypertensive disorders in pregnant women.

Andreea A. Creanga, M.D.

Andreea Creanga is an assistant professor within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s departments of international health and population, family and reproductive health. Creanga’s interest lies in determining how severe morbidity impacts both domestic and international obstetric care.

Creanga will talk about research relating to global patterns in maternal death.

Lauren M. Osborne, M.D.

Lauren Osborne is assistant director of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Mood Disorders Center and investigates the role of the immune system in maternal psychiatric illness. Osborne has published work detailing evidence between progesterone and how it metabolizes and may contribute to women’s perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Osborne is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Women Psychiatrists.

Osborne will share details about women’s mental health and pregnancy.