February 2019 | E-Newsletter
Missouri Cures Education Foundation is a statewide non-profit alliance working to promote & protect medical advances to improve the health of Missourians and stimulate the economy in our state. Donations are tax-deductible & support education and outreach programs.
Director's Notes:
Six years ago, Missouri Cures started the Women in Science & Entrepreneurship event. This year our St. Louis WISE conference will take place on November 1st. WISE events around the state also are being planned. 
It is exciting to see networking events for women in STEM and business taking place all around Missouri. Below are some upcoming events.
In St Louis there are two events taking place in February supporting women in the research, innovation and technology fields.

In Springfield, the ROSIE Organization supports and serves as an advocate network for current and prospective female founders, business owners and leaders.  Check out their upcoming event: An Evening with Dr. Nancy O'Reilly

In Columbia, the Women’s Network hosts a monthly luncheon event for women in business. This month they present: Eat Dessert First: How to Resign from the Overwhelm and Stress and Focus on What Really Matters  
Warmest Regards,

Dena Ladd
Executive Director
Missouri Cures
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WISE Woman:
Our February WISE Woman is Kaela M. Varberg, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Kansas Medical Center where she is funded by the Lalor Foundation and the NIH to study placental remodeling in pregnancy. Kaela serves on the US DOHaD Society Council and represents the US on the International DOHaD Advocacy Committee. Locally, Kaela is passionate about supporting fellow early career scientists and cultivating enthusiasm and pride for scientific research in Kansas City. This past year, Kaela was instrumental in forming KC RiBS (Kansas City Researchers in Biomedical Science). The goal of KC RiBS is to build a network for local scientists by promoting cross-institutional communication through networking and professional development events. Learn more about KC RiBS.
Meet a Researcher
For February, we are highlighting the work of Dr. Will Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity, Principal Officer for Community Partnerships, and Professor of Medicine in the Nephrology Division at Washington University School of Medicine. For over two decades he has developed innovative medical school pipeline programs, and recruited and developed a diverse workforce of medical students, residents and faculty. He has promoted health equity locally, nationally and globally through collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health officials in Ethiopia and Haiti. Learn more about the important work Dr. Ross is doing to reduce health disparities.
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