AccessCircles Events

ACCESSCIRCLES HEALTH AND WELLNESS FORUM AGENDA

   

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019


5:30pm – 6:15pm
WELCOME RECEPTION
OCEAN HOUSE: SEASIDE BALLROOM
ATTIRE: RESORT CHIC / BUSINESS CASUAL


6:30pm – 8:30pm
OPENING DINNER AND KEYNOTE

WELCOME 
Carolee Lee
, Founder, AccessCircles

Dr. Hadine JoffeExecutive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology; Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Paula A. Johnson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School 


7:30pm – 8:30pm
A PERSONAL QUEST TO OUTSMART VIRUSES: THE INTERSECTION OF TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION 

Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, Director, Ollmann Saphire Lab, Professor of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, a widely recognized structural biologist, will share how advanced technology, combined with her efforts to build a consortium of forty labs on five continents, are attacking the Ebola, Lassa, Zika and other quick spreading and lethal viruses.

Dr. Saphire is establishing a molecular imaging facility at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology which will allow her to study extremely detailed images produced by cryo-electron microscopy, the largest in the world, eleven feet tall, which reveal precisely how essential mechanisms of the immune system operate.  Her work and the work of the consortium will potentially have a global effect on humanity and the way research is conducted in the future.

  

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

 

7:30am – 8:15am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE 
OCEAN HOUSE: SEASIDE BALLROOM

FORUM ATTIRE: RESORT CASUAL / BUSINESS CASUAL


8:30am – 8:45am
WELCOME
OCEAN HOUSE: SEASIDE BALLROOM

Carolee Lee, Founder, AccessCircles and WHAM!

 

8:45am – 9:30am
UNDERSTANDING SEX DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH AND DISEASE FROM THE GROUND UP 

Introduction:  Dr. Anula Jayasuriya, Founder, EXXclaimCapital, WHAM! Scientific Board Chair

Dr. David Page, Director of The Whitehead Institute, MIT, Professor of Biology at MIT

Biological sex -- whether one is a male or a female -- influences virtually every category of disease, including autoimmune disorders, heart disease, cancer, autism, and neurodegenerative disorders. Recent developments in genomics, and in our understanding of the sex chromosomes, are revolutionizing how we might approach sex differences in health and disease across the body.  Dr. Page will discuss his vision of how this could shape the future of medical research and practice, with benefits for both females and males.


9:30am – 10:15am
OUR BRAINS AT RISK: THE ROLE OF ESTROGEN 

 

Dr. Roberta Brinton, Director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology in the College of Medicine.

Dr. Brinton has been studying the impact of estrogen that puts our brains at risk. During menopause, decline in circulating estrogen is coincident with a decline in brain bioenergetics. Changes in the brain that occur during menopause so closely resemble those seen in Alzheimer’s that some researchers suggest it may signal the start of the disease.

Dr. Brinton’s research has been focused on what happens at that particular time that puts our brains at risk. That knowledge might lead to new ways to help women deal with the unpleasant symptoms of menopause and even better, it is possible that therapies to artificially boost hormone levels could protect the brain from these changes altogether.


10:15am – 10:30am  
HEALTHY BREAK


10:30am – 11:15am
LONGEVITY AND WELLNESS: THE IMPACT OF GENETICS AND LIFESTYLE


Dr. Preston Estep
, Biologist, Chief Scientific Officer, Veritas Genetics; Founding Advisor, Nebula Genetics

Dr. Estep will share his research on the genetic and lifestyle components of physical and mental longevity and wellness.

Dr. Estep will show that lifestyle factors play a much larger role than genetics in most people’s health and longevity, and that certain dietary and nutritional factors are unrecognized major contributors to massive social and healthcare problems. 

Although genetics plays a minor role in the longevity and wellness of most people, each of us carries genetic variants that require personal tailoring of appropriate therapies, and nutritional and other lifestyle choices. Dr. Estep will present research published since the release of his book, The Mindspan Diet, extending earlier research on the contributions of various controllable factors to longevity and wellness. 

 

11:15am – 12:00pm
CYBER SECURITY: PROTECTING OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES   

Moderator: Kerry Lynn Rapport, Senior Client Advisor, Bessemer Trust 
Vikas Bangia, Senior Vice President, Information Security, Bessemer Trust
Kathryn Grossman Espana, Senior Client Advisor, Bessemer Trust 

If you’re not actively protecting yourself from identity theft, experts say, you should start now. Our panel of Bessemer experts will share how to maximize your protection and what steps you can take to keep your information, records, and personal data safe. 

 

12:15pm – 1:15pm
FARM TO TABLE LUNCH 
OCEAN HOUSE: SEASIDE BALLROOM TERRACE

A delicious lunch with organic specialties from nearby farms will be served on the terrace.  The culinary team at Ocean House features talented Chefs, from around the country with a shared goal of achieving excellence and perfecting their craft. Each of their chefs, with their own unique background, tells a story through food with an emphasis on local ingredients and seasonal Rhode Island dining that makes dining at Ocean House truly special.

 

1:15pm – 2:00pm
WHAM! INAUGURAL GRANT AWARDS UPDATE 

Dr. Michelle O’Donoghue, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and a member of the Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital  

Dr. Hilary Blumberg, John and Hope Furth Endowed Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Faculty Child Study Center Director, Mood Disorders Research Program, Yale University School of Medicine

WHAM! was launched as an initiative of AccessCircles in July 2018, to fund women’s health research in order to transform women’s lives.  We raised $600,000 last July in Aspen and our first two grants will be given to The Connors Center/Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and to Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Dr. Hadine Joffe, Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, will introduce Dr. Michelle O’Donoghue, our first WHAM! Investigator’s Fund grant recipient.  Dr. O’Donohue will share an overview of her project, “The Identification to Novel Pathways That Contribute to Heart Disease in Women”.  Dr. O’Donoghue studies women and heart disease and her interests include the evaluation of novel drugs and biomarkers and the development of novel therapeutics in the management of disease.

Dr. Carolyn Mazure, Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology; Director, Women’s Health Research at Yale will introduce Dr. Hilary Blumberg who is our second WHAM! grant recipient.  Dr. Blumberg will share an overview of her project, “SleepSmart” a project to promote healthy aging and reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in women.  A focus of Dr. Blumberg’s laboratory is the use of brain scanning techniques to elucidate the differences in brain circuitry.

 

2:00pm – 2:45pm
FROM THE McGOVERN INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN RESEARCH AT MIT: REWIRING THE BRAIN 

Dr. Polina Anikeeva, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Research Laboratory of Electronics, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Polina Anikeeva works at the intersection of materials science, electronics, and neurobiology to improve our understanding and treatment of brain disorders.  Her lab develops multifunctional fibers that can deliver electrical, optical, and chemical signals to specified neurons. Dr. Anikeeva will share how her research lab is focused on the ultimate goal to better understand, diagnose, and treat brain disorders such as depression, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injury.  

Her team leverages the principles of optoelectronics and magnetism to develop tools matching the signaling complexity of the nervous system and cause minimal disruption to natural physiological function.  Her lab has developed fibers no thicker than a human hair that are as soft as a gel but capable of recording and stimulating neural activity as well as delivering drugs and genes to the brain and spinal cord circuits. Dr. Anikeeva will share the exciting research her lab is producing.

 

2:45pm – 3:45pm
FROM ROBOTICS TO AI: HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL SHAPE OUR FUTURE

Moderated by Meryl Comer, Chair, Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health, USA2 Founding Member, NIH/NIA Council on Aging and WHAM! Board Member

Two tech pioneers share their vision on ways emerging technologies will transform the science of aging well.

Dr. Cori Lathan, Brain Scientist, Technology Pioneer, Founder & CEO, Anthrotronix 

We have epidemics affecting our brain health at all ages, from concussions to sleep deprivation and from depression to Alzheimer’s disease. As the inventor of the “Brain Thermometer,” Dr. Corinna Lathan explains how emerging technologies show that the decade of the brain is ahead of us. Dr. Lathan also believes that we can use technology to purposefully design a future of healthy brains enabling us to live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives.  

Dr. Rhoda Au, Director of Neuropsychology at The Framingham Heart Study

Dr. Au’s visionary work is in developing more effective strategies for promoting cognitive health and its interface with technology.  She is also the Director of the Aging Well Institute, a transformative platform designed to catalyze groundbreaking discoveries for chronic disease prevention, inform policies for reducing economic costs and healthcare burden generally associated with advancing age and sustaining lifelong physical, cognitive and mental health.  

 

3:45pm – 4:00pm
REMARKS

Dr. Anula Jayasuriya, Founder, EXXclaimCapital, WHAM! Scientific Board Chair

Carolee Lee, Founder of AccessCircles and WHAM!

 

4:00pm – 6:00pm
AFTERNOON AT YOUR LEISURE

Enjoy your afternoon at the beach, spa or leisure activities at the Ocean House.

 

6:00pm – 8:00pm
LOBSTER BAKE 
OCEAN HOUSE: EAST LAWN

Connect with members, thought leaders and new friends during the Ocean House’s Signature Lobster Bake.

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019 

 

ATTIRE: RESORT CASUAL – PLEASE WEAR OR BRING SNEAKERS 

7:30am – 9:00am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE
BALLROOM SEASIDE TERRACE 

 

8:00am – 8:30am    
OPTIONAL MORNING BEACH WALK 

 

Take a walk along the beach with friends or a 1.5 mile walk to the light house.

 

9:00am – 9:15am
WELCOME
OCEAN HOUSE: SEASIDE BALLROOM 

Carolee Lee, Founder and CEO, AccessCircles and Founder of WHAM!

 

9:15am – 9:45am 
RECLAIMING TOUCH

Julie Burstein, Peabody Award-winning producer, best-selling author, TED speaker, coach and consultant  

For 10 years NRP’s Studio 360 show, created and produced by Julie Burstein and hosted by culture-quaking journalist-novelist Kurt Andersen, has revealed the unique sources from which the artist’s creativity flows while pinpointing the hot spot where art and real life collide.  

Julie’s most recent focus is on Touch, the first sense to develop in the womb, and one of the last ways to comfort each other at the end of life.  A loving touch can stimulate the brain to release endorphins, lower blood pressure, and calm a racing heart.  Human art began with a hand outlined on a cave wall, and we can still see the fingerprints of the maker in ceramic pots that are thousands of years old.  Our language is filled with expressions that grow out of this essential sense – “His story touched me.”  “She is prickly but worth getting in touch with.”  Touch is the only sense that has no backup – if we lose it, nothing else, not sight or hearing or taste or smell can compensate.

But for every 100 scientific studies of our visual system, there may be only one on our sense of touch. 

    

9:45am – 10:15am
LISTENING TO YOUR HEART: HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL DETECT, DIAGNOSE AND TREAT HEART DISEASE   

 

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness, Mt. Sinai Heart, NY 

Using technology to detect, diagnose and treat heart disease offers physicians many options, which can increase accuracy and effectiveness in diagnosis and treatments of heart disease in women which often shows up differently from the typical symptoms shown by men, and is often misdiagnosed in women. 

Understanding which tests might be most effective for us to request is key to our successful diagnosis, treatment and recovery.  Dr. Steinbaum will share the latest advancement in technology and bring us up to date so we are in the know.

 

10:15am – 10:45am 
HOW ADVANCES IN ROBOTICS AND COMPUTER-ASSISTED SURGERY WILL IMPACT US NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

Dr. Amanda Fader, Director of the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service, Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities, as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes. These are some of the new advances for treating women’s conditions that Dr. Fader will share with us.

Thanks to a breakthrough in surgical technology, there is a new category of minimally invasive surgery, called robotic-assisted surgery, which has proven to be an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy.  

 

10:45am – 11:00am 
HEALTHY BREAK

 

11:00am – 11:30am 
THE ASTONISHING TRUTH ABOUT EXERCISE AND THE BRAIN

Dr. Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University

Dr. Suzuki will share insights from her 30 years of neuroscience experience to describe studies showing the immediate, long-lasting and protective effect of physical activity on the brain.  She will describe the anatomical, physiological and functional changes that exercise confers on the brain as well as what we know about the neurochemical pathways that underlie those changes.  She will also leave you with some practical tips for how to bring more exercise into your own life. 

 

11:30am – 12:15pm
“INTENSATI” ON THE LAWN WITH DR. WENDY SUZUKI 

Join Dr. Suzuki on the Seaside Lawn for a fun exercise class that will wake up your mind, body and soul.  This class is open to all levels, beginners and first timers please join us.  Wendy’s class is invigorating and great fun!!

 

12:30pm – 2:00pm
LUNCH ALFRESCO
OCEAN HOUSE: SEASIDE BALLROOM TERRACE

A delicious lunch with organic specialties from nearby farms will be served on the terrace.  The culinary team at Ocean House features talented Chefs, from around the country with a shared goal of achieving excellence and perfecting their craft. Each of their chefs, with their own unique background, tells a story through food with an emphasis on local ingredients and seasonal Rhode Island dining that makes dining at Ocean House truly special.

 

2:00pm – 6:00pm
AFTERNOON AT YOUR LEISURE

Afternoon at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches, pools and spa or take a stroll around the quaint town of Watch Hill.

 

6:30pm – 7:00pm
RECEPTION 
PRIVATE CLUB ROOM TERRACE
ATTIRE: RESORT CASUAL

 

7:00pm – 8:30pm 
DINNER
PRIVATE CLUB ROOM TERRACE 

The Club Room in the Ocean House is a private member-only dining room with a magnificent terrace overlooking the ocean. Join us in this beautiful setting to share new friends, delightful conversations,  wonderful wines and fresh farm food with vistas of the ocean and the beach below us.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

 

Optional Activities Throughout the Day

 

8:00am – 10:00am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE
PRIVATE CLUB ROOM TERRACE

 

8:00am – 9:00am
TAI CHI 
OCEAN HOUSE GYM

Join the Ocean House’s Tai Chi master for a class on the most well-known of China’s martial arts, Tai Chi.  The slow, circular-focusing movements relax muscles while promoting proper core alignment and balance.

 

9:30am – 10:30am
YOGA FLOW 
OCEAN HOUSE GYM

Exercise the mind, body and spirit in this one hour class, all levels welcomed.

 

11:00am – 11:45am
CULINARY ARTS CLASS: SMOOTHIES

Join the OH Culinary Team in the Center for Wine and Culinary Arts as they teach us their delicious smoothie recipe.  

 

11:00am – 12:00pm
CROQUET CLINIC
CROQUET LAWN 

Learn the basics of the classic game with Ocean House Croquet Professional Stephen Morgan. 

 

12:00pm  
DEPARTURES