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Annual Community Luncheon

2019 ​CWHR Annual Community Luncheon
September 23, 2019


Below is a message from Judith G. Regensteiner, PhD, Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research reagarding the 2018 Luncheon featuring First Lady Laura Bush.​

Our 2018 gathering of more than 800 supporters of women’s health was nothing short of inspiring!

We were honored to hear from former First Lady Laura Bush, who is fueling a focus on women’s health research from the world stage. Our video captured the compelling story of local community advocate Sherry Delaney whose improved health knowledge led to life-saving medical care. We also shared news of seven new researchers joining the Center for Women’s Health Research, bringing us up to nearly 70 MD and PhD scientists studying women’s health and sex differences across the lifespan.

These inspirations led you to raise over $450,000 in support of the Center and our commitment to grow knowledge around women’s health and sex differences and improve the health of women and men, boys and girls. Thank you!

We are making tremendous progress. Our research is leading to new treatments for heart failure in women, is helping to prevent obesity and treat diabetes in youth, and much more. Still, given the long-standing gap in women’s health and sex difference research, there remains much to do.

We invite you to join us for additional learning and inspiring networking opportunities. We encourage you to share your passion about our work with others. We appreciate your generous support making it possible for us to speed progress to close the gaps in our knowledge and transform women’s health.

We are so grateful,

Judith G. Regensteiner, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Judith and Joseph Wagner Chair in Women’s Health Research
Director, Center for Women’s Health Research
Director, Women in Medicine and Science
University of Colorado School of Medicine​

  About the Annual Luncheon

The Center for Women’s Health Research Annual Community Luncheon is our signature education and outreach event.  Held each fall, this spectacular event brings hundreds of CWHR community supporters together.  The event features prominent ​keynote speakers that are expert researchers and/or educators in women's health and study of sex differen​ces.  The event is chaired by a CWHR Advisory Board Member and is made possible by individual, corporate, and foundation sponsors whose generous support funds the programs and research at the Center.​

 ​Past Luncheon Keynote Speakers & Topics


  • 2018 Annual Community Luncheon​ - First Lady Laura Bush
  • 2017 Annual Community Luncheon​ - C. Neill Epperson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2016 Annual Community Luncheon - Dr. Larry Cahill - How Sex Differences Influence the Brain and Body: An Issue Whose Time Has Come
  • 2015 Annual Community Luncheon - JoAnn Manson, MD - Research Regarding Controversies in the Prevention of Heart Disease
  • 2014 Annual Community Luncheon - Noel Bairey Merz, MD, Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai
  • 2013 Annual Community Luncheon - Dr. Eve Van Cauter from the University of Chicago presented her seminal research findings about the impact of sleep disturbances on women’s health
  • 2012 Annual Community Luncheon - Alice Waters, chef, author, and proprietor of the world-famous Chez Panisse and a passionate advocate for a food economy that is "good, clean, and fair."
  • 2011 Annual Community Luncheon - Live Well, Think Well, Do Well: Real Lessons from Real Life with Diabetes with keynote speaker Mother Love​​