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Scientific Program


Marla Shapiro      
Marla Shapiro, C.M., MDCM, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC, FCFP, NCMP
Chair, 2019 Scientific Program Committee

Ever since 1989, The North American Menopause Society has held an Annual Scientific Meeting considered to be the leading medical conference dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond.

Scientific Program

NAMS at 30: Making Menopause Mainstream

This year’s meeting, with the theme of NAMS at 30: Making Menopause Mainstream, is sure to provide you with comprehensive and exciting updates on today’s most relevant issues relating to menopause and midlife women’s health.

The Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Marla Shapiro, C.M., MDCM, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC, FCFP, NCMP, welcomes you to join them September 24 to September 28 in Chicago, Illinois, for what promises to be an outstanding scientific program. The NAMS Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for anyone involved with midlife women’s health issues.

  • Hear from world-renowned speakers
  • Learn the latest discoveries from the most important clinical trials
  • Network with colleagues from North America and around the world

The Continuing Education Program will cover such topics as

  • Progestogens: A Necessary Evil?
  • Practitioner Stress and Burnout
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Hormones and the Brain
  • Lessons From the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL)
  • Osteoporosis
  • The New Frontier: Averting Menopause at 22
  • Women and Their Microbes
  • Prevention and Screening
  • Health Outcomes of Lifestyle and Prevention
  • Women, Ethics, and Cannibinoids
  • Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
  • The Effect of Trauma on Women's Health
  • Update on MsFLASH Trials
  • And much more

Pre-Meeting Symposium



Join us on Wednesday, September 25, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for the Pre-Meeting Symposium organized by the 2019 Pre-Meeting Co-Chair, Cynthia A. Stuenkel, MD, NCMP.     
Presentations will address

  • Understanding Perimenopause: Setting the Stage
  • Physiology of the Menopause Transition: The Hormone Milieu
  • Recognizing and Managing Irregular Menstrual Bleeding in the Menopause Transition
  • Contraception During the Menopause Transition
  • The Complex Web of Hot Flashes, Sleep Disruption, Depression, and Well-being
  • Metabolic Changes During the Menopause Transition
  • Reproductive Challenges in Perimenopause
  • Managing a Healthy Menopause Transition

The program will include interactive panel discussions and Q&A with the audience.


Cynthia A Stuenkel, MD, NCMP
Co-Chair, 2019 Pre-Meeting Symposium

Menopause 101 Course — SOLD OUT

Menopause 101: Building the Foundation


New for 2019, NAMS will offer a Menopause 101 course on Tuesday, September 24, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, titled Menopause 101: Building the Foundation. Presentations during the program will include

  • Pathophysiology of Menopause
  • Bone
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Mood and Cognition
  • Hot Flashes: Nonhormone Management
  • Hormone Management: Orals versus Transdermals
  • Sexual Health

The course will also include case presentations with the speakers.

Meet the Experts CME Breakfasts — SOLD OUT

On Thursday and Friday mornings take the opportunity to speak one-on-one with leaders in the field who have been studying and specializing in these topic areas.

Topics and Moderators
There’s more . . .

The President's Reception Celebrating NAMS 30th Anniversary

Unwind in an entertaining atmosphere filled with music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. NAMS President Dr. James Liu invites you and your registered guest to a special President's Reception on Wednesday evening, September 25.

Poster Reception and NAMS Exhibits

Learn about some of the latest medical studies and about new products on the market by attending the Poster Reception and visiting the NAMS Exhibit Hall. A special reception is being hosted in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday evening, September 26.

Donor Cocktail Party

Show your support of NAMS by joining the Board of Trustees for appetizers and cocktails at the 2019 Donor Cocktail Party on Friday evening, September 27. Your tax-deductible donation gives you access to the party and helps support NAMS many educational initiatives.

NCMP Certification

Signal to the world that you are a menopause specialist by becoming a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP). The competency exam leading to this prestigious credential will be administered from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 25, at the hotel—so that you can be on your way to meeting a new standard of care at the same time you’re attending the NAMS Annual Meeting. Learn more about registration deadlines and fees by referring to the Candidate Handbook.

Candidate Handbook

Welcome to Commercial Supporters

All registered commercial supporters are invited to attend all scientific sessions. By exhibiting at the NAMS Annual Meeting, you have an opportunity to have an influence and showcase your products and messages to the medical industry’s top thought leaders, decision makers, and influential educators in the field of menopause and women’s health.

Exhibit Prospectus

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