The Ludeman Family Center for Women's Health Research Annual Community Event has served as the Ludeman Center's signature educational and fundraising event for 19 years. It began as a small gathering in the basement of the Tattered Cover and has grown to an 800 person sold out event. Attendees and sponsors appreciate the unique evidence-based research and scientists consistently featured at the event. This event focuses on educating the community about important health issues and highlighting women's health and sex differences research.

Join us September 21, 2022

Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lisa Genova, PhD

Featuring Lisa Genova, PhD

#1 International and New York Times bestselling Author and Neuroscientist

Lisa Genova, PhD, is acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, she is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens and Every Note Played. Her first nonfiction book, REMEMBER: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting, was released March 2021 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dr. Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.

Dr. Genova’s extensively researched fiction focuses on people living with neurological diseases and disorders, people who tend to be ignored, feared, or misunderstood, portrayed within an accessible narrative. Through fiction, she is dedicated to describing the journeys of those affected by brain diseases and conditions, to educate, demystify, destigmatize and inspire support for care and scientific research.

She has written novels about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, Huntington's disease and ALS. Still Alice (Alzheimer’s) was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth. Julianne Moore won an Oscar for Best Actress. Every Note Played (ALS) is in production and will star Christoph Waltz. The film adaptation for Inside the O’Briens (Huntington’s) is in production.

Speaking of brain health, memory and the neurological diseases and disorders she writes about, Dr. Genova has appeared on Today, the Dr. Oz Show, GPS with Fareed Zakaria, CNN, PBS NewsHour and NPR and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film To Not Fade Away and Have You Heard About Greg? She was featured in a PBS Special about memory in 2021. In 2015, Dr. Genova was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. She received The Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, for "distinguished storytelling that has enriched the public dialogue," The Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award, The Global Genes RARE Champions of Hope Award, and The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award for "informing the public about Treatment and ongoing research in medical illness." In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bates College, The Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Award and The Huntington’s Disease Society of America Community Awareness Award.

Dr. Genova’s first TED talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s, has been viewed over 5 million times. Her latest TED talk, How Memory Works--and Why Forgetting is Totally Okay, was released April 21, 2021 and had over 700,000 views in its first week.

Questions? Email or call 303-724-9179.

Thank you to our 2022 Annual Community Event Benefactors!




Richard N. Brown Family
Catherine & Ray Petros




Margaret & Steven Bathgate      Patti Klinge & Connie McArthur

Cathy and Graham Hollis

Nan & Spike Eklund      Maureen & Alan Bird 

Judith B. Wagner     John Daily

Nancy Tankersley

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Nancy Benson        Nan & Hugh Williamson

Eileen Honnen McDonald       Brenda & Don Lewis

        Betty & David Arkell        Betsy & Peter Mangone

Cathy & Mark Hart        Mary Pat Link

Bill Ernstrom & Janie Hanson-Enstrom         Nanine Odell

Judy Regensteiner & Ken Schneider

Jan & John Meck        Jane & Jay Reusch

Lin & Steve Carlson        IMAGE Research Group

Olivia Thompson     The Engleby Family

CU Department of Medicine     CU Department of Pediatrics

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Betsy & Peter Mangone      Hal & Ann Logan

Nanette Santoro      Laura Brown

Katie MacWilliams      General Internal Medicine

Toni Cohig     Betsy & Peter Mangone

CU Department of Emergency Medicine

VIP Patron

Neill Epperson & Steven Berkowitz      Rhondda Grant

Brown & Co.      Mary Stuart

Women in Medicine & Science


Thank you to the 2022 Host Committee

Sharon & Lanny Martin, Chairs      Lyda Ludeman, Honorary Chair

Betty & David Arkell      Margaret & Steve Bathgate

Nancy Benson       Maureen & Alan Bird

The Brown Family       Lin & Steve Carlson

John Daily       Nan & Spike Eklund

Bill Ernstrom & Janie Hanson-Ernstrom       Cathy & Mark Hart

Cathy & Graham Hollis      IMAGE Research Group

Patti Klinge & Connie McArthur.      Brenda & Don Lewis

Jim & Patience Linfield       Mary Pat Link

Katie MacWilliams       Eileen Honnen McDonald

Jan & John Meck       Northern Trust

Nan Odell       Catherine & Ray Petros

Plante Moran       Platte River Equity

Judy Regensteiner & Ken Schneider       Jane & Jay Reusch

Mary & George Sissel       Nancy Tankersley

Olivia Thompson       Betsy Wagner

Nan & Hugh Williamson

Past Luncheon Keynote Speakers



2021 Annual Community Event - Jennifer Mieres, MD

2020 Annual Community Event - Laurie Santos, PhD

2019 Annual Community Luncheon  - Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD

2018 Annual Community Luncheon - First Lady Laura Bush and Marjorie Jenkins, MD

2017 Annual Community Luncheon - C. Neill Epperson, MD

2016 Annual Community Luncheon - Larry Cahill, PhD

2015 Annual Community Luncheon - JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH

2014 Annual Community Luncheon - Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA

2013 Annual Community Luncheon - Eve Van Cauter, PhD

2012 Annual Community Luncheon - Alice Waters

2011 Annual Community Luncheon - Mother Love

2010 Annual Community Luncheon - Patrick Schamasch, MD

2009 Annual Community Luncheon - I-Min Lee, MD

2008 Annual Community Luncheon - Nanette Kass Wenger, MD

2007 Annual Community Luncheon - Ginger L. Graham

2006 Annual Community Luncheon - Francine R. Kaufman, MD

2005 Annual Community Luncheon - JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD

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