News & Events

Oct 19 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

“Zika Virus Disease: Fear and Uncertainty”

Dr. Danila will discuss the emergence of Zika virus disease as a worldwide crisis, its pathogenesis with particular emphasis on newborns, prevention aspects, and other concerns.

Richard Danila received a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 1985, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1989. He has worked in infectious disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health since 1985 and is currently the Deputy State Epidemiologist. He has managed a staff of over 40 professionals including physicians, veterinarians, and Master’s and doctoral-trained epidemiologists. He is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emerging Infections Program Cooperative Agreement and the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Cooperative Agreement. Dr. Danila is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology. Dr. Danila been a consultant to CDC on multiple infectious disease issues including HIV prevalence, bioterrorism, anthrax, and emerging infections, and is currently the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists  (CSTE) representative to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Preparedness Policy  Committee. He is an elected member of the CSTE Executive Board and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Public Health Committee. He is the primary or co-author of over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles.

This lecture is free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. We hope you'll join us!

RSVP* here.

*not required but highly encouraged

Dr. Richard DanilaDr. Richard Danila, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Epidemiology Program Manager, and Deputy State Epidemiologist

Minnesota Department of Health


Moos Tower, 2-690

Malcom Moos Tower

515 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sep 21 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"5 Fields of Study That Don't Exist, But Should: Understanding Interdisciplinary Research By Going Beyond Traditional Thinking"

This lecture is free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. 

RSVP* here.



*not required but highly encouraged



Dr. Jake Jensen, PhD, MA

 The Powell Center for Women's Health is pleased to present our first lecture of the 2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series. Our guest lecturer is Dr. Jake Jensen from the University of Utah. He is a nationally renowned expert in health communications. His research focus is on strategic communication to the public with a specific focus on cancer. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Utah College of Humanities, and serves as an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Communication. We hope you'll join us!


Moos Tower, Room 2-520

University of Minnesota

515 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 

2016 Women's Health Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference: "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" on Monday, April 4th.
Special thanks to our keynote speakers, Drs. Shuk-Mei Ho and Cheryl Walker, and our panelists, Drs. Sharon Allen, Shalamar Sibley, and June La Valleur.

If you would like a Certificate of Attendance, or if you registered on-site and would like a receipt, please contact us at

A New Era in Cervical Cancer Screening: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Screening by Deanna Teoh, MD

Deanna Teoh, MD, Powell Center BIRCWH Scholar recently published an editorial in the Journal of Women's Health.  The article discusses the risks and benefits of cervical cancer screening, as well as the barriers that need to be overcome to improve adherence to the most recent screening guidelines.

Read her full editorial here.

Research Participation Opportunity: Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Abstinence in Hormonal Contraceptive Users

Dr. Alicia Allen, BIRCWH Program Scholar, is conducting a study  as part of the University of Minnesota Tobacco Research Program regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Abstinence in Hormonal Contraceptive Users.  The purpose of this study is to explore how the hormones from birth control can influence women's efforts to quit smoking.  The study is looking for women between the ages of 18 and 35 who are currently taking birth control pills or the Depo shot, or have regular menstrual cycles.  

Details about the study requirements and compensation can be found here:

If you are interested in being a particpant or have questions about the study contact Kim or Himal at 612-626-7276, or email

March Lecture CANCELED

The March 30th Women's Health Lecture, "The Epidemiology of Chronic Pain in Women," has been canceled.  The next Women's Health Lecture will take place on April 27th.  

Register Now for the 2016 Women's Health Research Conference!

Register now for the 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference, ""Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health". This year's conference will take place on Monday, April 4th, at Coffman Theater in Coffman Memorial Union 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. It will be followed up by a wine and poster reception in Campus Club from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 

About the Conference

The conference will explore the effects of environmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that are found in everyday products such as plastic food containers, cosmetics, and sunscreen. Discussion will also focus on specific conditions (e.g., obesity, diabetes, and cancer) of altered hormone action and their impact on human health.

For more infomation and a detailed agenda, click here.


General admission - $25

Students - $15


Update on Menopausal Symptoms and Treatment Options, published in "Journal of Women’s Health"

The vast majority of women going through the period of menopausal transition, or perimenopause, will seek medical help coping with symptoms that can significantly impact their health and quality of life, such as hot flashes, poor sleep, depression, and vaginal dryness. The pattern of common perimenopausal symptoms, how they often interact to worsen the effects of each, and current hormonal and non-hormonal therapeutic options are examined in the article “Perimenopause: From Research to Practice.” Author Nanette Santoro, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, describes the stages of reproductive aging in women, linking common symptoms to the late reproductive stages, the early and late menopausal transition stages, and the early postmenopause. Dr. Santoro discusses strategies for treating multiple symptoms with a single medication when possible.  Read the full article in the Journal of Women's Health here.

Research Participation Opportunity: Exercise, Activity and Smoking in Young Adults (EASY-A)

Dr. Alicia Allen, BIRCWH Scholar, is currently conducting a research study entitled "Exercise, Activity and Smoking in Young Adults" (EASY-A), part of the University of Minnesota Tobacco Research Program.  The study is looking for male and female particpants between ages 18 and 40 who smoke and want to start exercising.  The study's purpose is to examine how physical activity changes in young adults who smoke while they start a new exercise program.  To find out more about particpation requirements and compenstation visit  

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Sam at 612-626-7276 or at

The Powell Center Welcomes Carol Lange, PhD, as the Research Director

The Powell Center would like to welcome Dr. Carol Lange, PhD, as the Research Director.  Dr. Lange is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 1991. She holds memberships in The Endocrine Society (Full Member) and Women in Endocrinology. Dr. Lange serves as teaching faculty in the U of MN Department of Pharmacology Graduate Program, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Graduate Program and MD/PhD Combined Program. Her research interest is the molecular biology of breast cancer. Her laboratory is focused on the study of cross-talk between peptide growth factors and steroid hormone receptors in human breast cancer cells, with the goal of developing better strategies for the treatment of breast and other hormonally influenced and/or epithelial cell-derived cancers.


Powell Center for Women’s Health is a National Center of Excellence which is focused on promoting, facilitating and disseminating research on women’s health.

Transforming women’s health through science, education, and leadership.

Developing scientists focused on women’s health research and promoting women in academic leadership in the health sciences.


Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series

Attend free monthly lectures about innovative and cutting-edge research in women's health and/or sex/gender differences.

Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference: "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" on Monday, April 4th.


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program

An internal grant mechanism from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research.