Eva Gerdts
Professor of Cardiology
Chair, Center for research on Cardiac Disease in Women
Department of Clinical Science
University of Bergen

Born in Bergen, Norway 1957, board certified specialist in internal medicine and cardiology. Currently working as professor of Cardiology, chairing the Center for Research on Cardiac Disease in Women at the University of Bergen, and as senior consultant in cardiology at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.

Her research focus has been on sex and gender in cardiovascular disease, particularly focusing on high blood pressure and obesity as stronger risk factors for heart disease in women than men. Her research has been awarded several prizes, and she is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Gerdts has published more than 250 scientific papers in international journals and several book chapters. She is currently co-editing a Manual on Cardiovascular Disease in Women, that will be published as an e-book in 2024. 



Professor John F. Cryan MRIA 
Vice President for Research & Innovation, University College Cork
Professor, Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience| Principal Investigator, APC Microbiome Ireland| http://publish.ucc.ie/researchprofiles/C003/jcryan
Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation

John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork and was appointed Vice President for Research & Innovation in 2021.  He is also a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Ireland Institute. He is a behavioural neuroscientist whose research is focused on the neurobiology of stress related disorders and the mechanisms underlying microbiome-brain interactions across the lifespan. Prof. Cryan has published over 650 peer-reviewed articles and has a H-index of 157 (Google Scholar). He is a Senior Editor of Neuropharmacology and of Neurobiology of Stress and is on the editorial board of a further 10 journals. He has co-edited four books and is co-author of the bestselling  “The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection” (National Geographic Press, 2017). He has received numerous awards including from European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society, British Association of Pharmacology, Physiological Society, American Gastroenterology Association and Neuroscience Ireland. He received the University of Utrecht Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research in 2013, UCC Research Communicator of the Year 2017, and was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2018. He received the Datta Prize from FASEB in 2022 and has been on the Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014 and from 2017 to the present. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017. He was a TEDMED speaker in 2014, TEDx Speaker in 2017 and is a Past-President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society. He was a Member of the 2022 Fens Forum Programme Committee and Chairs the Scientific Programme Committee of ECNP for 2022-2024.



Tracy L. Bale, PhD
The Anschutz Foundation Endowed Chair in Women's Integrated Mental and Physical Health Research at the Ludeman Center
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, InterGenerational Stress and Health
Director, Department of Psychiatry Sex Differences Research
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Tracy L. Bale is the Anschutz Foundation Endowed Chair in Women's Integrated Mental and Physical Health at the Ludeman Center and Professor and Director for InterGenerational Stress and Health and the Director for Sex Differences Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in the Department of Pharmacology, and her postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute with Dr. Wylie Vale. Dr. Bale was previously Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania for 15 years. Her research focuses on the role of stress in neuropsychiatric disease, and the sex differences that underlie disease vulnerability in humans using the mouse as a preclinical model. She is interested in adversity across the lifespan, including at the germ cell level and the mechanisms involved in altering brain development. Dr. Bale’s lab attempts to translate research to humans to identify those processes and biomarkers important for promoting disease risk and resilience, especially in vulnerable populations. In her Directorship roles, she engages in the community, developing collaborations and partnerships with local organizations and policy makers. She serves on many advisory boards, including the NIMH Board of Scientific Counselors, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medtronic Award from the Society for Women’s Health Research and the Daniel H. Efron award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. She is the current President of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).    



Angeline Dukes, PhD
University of Minnesota
Founding President & Co-Founder of Black in Neuro

Dr. Angeline Dukes is a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She earned her Bachelor's degree in biology from the Historically Black College/University, Fisk University, then her Masters and PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. In her unique role, Dr. Dukes splits her time between teaching neuroscience courses, co-directing multiple programs, and leading her own diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to actively support historically marginalized researchers. She is also the Founding President of the international non-profit, Black In Neuro, which aims to support Black scholars in neuroscience-related fields worldwide.