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Public Meetings, Workshops, and Webinars

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FDA’s Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is pleased to present a series of educational webinars on a broad range of topics to promote, protect, and advance the health of women. These webinars target the needs of researchers, healthcare professionals, and students.

Continuing education (CE) credit is available for some of our live and home study webinars.  If you are a physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist, please refer to the individual webinar listing for complete CE information.

Upcoming public meetings, workshops, and webinars

Check back soon for 2024 events.

Past public meetings, workshops, and webinars

On November 8, 2023, OWH in collaboration with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Medical Policy (OMP), hosted a free public webinar titled: Bringing Clinical Research to Patients. This webinar will focus on decentralized clinical trials and other novel strategies currently available for bringing clinical research to patients. Recording coming soon.

OWH in collaboration with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Clinical Pharmacology (OCP), hosted a free public workshop on October 11, 2023 on Menopause: Potential Impact on Clinical Pharmacology and Opportunities for Future Research. The workshop included presentations and session discussions by experts in the fields of clinical pharmacology, obstetrics and gynecology, endocrinology, and clinical care. Speakers discussed the current understanding of the impact of menopause on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (the movement of drugs through the body, and the body’s biological response to drugs, respectively), and exposure-response relationships of FDA-regulated drugs and biologics used by menopausal women for non-menopause-related indications. Recording now available. 

On May 17, 2023, OWH hosted a webinar on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), titled PCOS Revisited: Diagnosis, Management, and Future Needs. Dr. Kathleen Hoeger reviewed the pathophysiology, diagnosis, comorbidities, and findings from recent research on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 

OWH in collaboration with CDER’s Division of Pediatrics and Maternal Health hosted a webinar on October 27, 2022 to discuss an overview of the studies enrolling pregnant and lactating individuals. The presentation discussed the work FDA is doing to advance research in pregnant and lactating individuals, and provided information on how providers can become involved in advancing research in pregnant and lactating individuals.

On May 11th, 2022, OWH hosted a webinar in collaboration with CDER’s Division of Pediatrics and Maternal Health to discuss FDA’s current pregnancy and lactation labeling system [also known as the Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR)], which replaced a previous approach that used letter categories. This webinar will help learners examine how prescription drug labeling can be used to inform prescribing for pregnant and lactating individuals.

On May 9th, 2022, OWH and the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation held a virtual public workshop to discuss the role of real-world data (RWD) to understand medication use in pregnancy and lactation. Panels discussed ways to address knowledge gaps, opportunities, and challenges of collecting RWD, and current regulatory perspectives on the collection and potential use of RWD.

This 6-module online, self-paced course was developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH’s) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). The course is aimed at clinicians and researchers looking to learn about sex- and gender-related differences in key disease areas including: Immunology, Cardiovascular Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Neurology, Endocrinology, and Mental Health.

OWH held a public webinar focused on COVID-19 Vaccines & Women with Dr. Kaveeta Vasisht, FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health and Dr. Peter Marks, Director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. This webinar aimed to provide our stakeholders with up-to-date information and address questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and their use in women.

On November 19, 2020, OWH hosted a public meeting to highlight scientific evidence and knowledge gaps about sex and gender differences in cannabidiol (CBD) use and responses. Panel topics included: Perspectives from Patients and Healthcare Professionals, Sex Differences in the Effects of Cannabinoids, Use of CBD and Other Cannabinoids in Pregnancy, and Government Agency Perspectives on CBD Research and Evaluation.

On September 27th and 28th, 2018, OWH together with FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and Center for Tobacco Products, hosted a 2-day public meeting to discuss sex and gender differences in prescription opioid use and pain neurobiology. The meeting brought together 40 nationally and internationally recognized clinicians and scientists to highlight evidence and share insights on sex and gender differences related to opioid and nicotine use, abuse, and recovery.

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