News & Events

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.

Rachel Isaksson Vogel Named Newest Masonic Cancer Center Scholar

Rachel Isaksson Vogel, Ph.D, served as a statistician with the Masonic Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core for the past seven years.  She is interested in outcomes research, specifically, cancer survivorship among women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As the Masonic Cancer Center Scholar her proposed research will assess cognitive decline following chemotherapy and its impact on survivors’ daily functioning. The objective of this proposed study is to further define chemotherapy-induced cognitive decline in an ovarian cancer population and assess the potential role APOE4 carrier status plays in cognitive changes.

Deanna Teoh, M.D., Named Newest BIRCWH Scholar

Deanna Teoh, M.D. has been named a University of Minnesota BIRCWH Scholar.  Dr. Teoh has been an Assistant Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota since 2011. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by a residency at the University of California at San Francisco and a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.  Dr. Teoh has received several awards in teaching, professionalism, and research during both her residency and fellowship. Her clinical research interests are focused on advanced laparoscopic surgery including Robotics. She is also principal investigator for a randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating thermal injury at the vaginal cuff during total laparoscopic hysterectomy using two different modes of electrothermal energy.  In 2015, she served as the Masonic Cancer Center Scholar.

Dr. Teoh's current and past research focuses on improving patient outcomes specifically in women with gynecologic cancers or pre-malignant conditions.  Her proposed research focuses on cervical cancer screenings and her objectives are to determine adherence rates to the 2012 cervical cancer screening guidelines, identify barriers to healthcare provider adherence, and to engage healthcare providers to implement and evaluate a system to improve adherence to the guidelines.

Melanie Nicol, PharmD, PhD, named newest Powell Center Scholar

Melanie Nicol is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She completed her PharmD at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy in Ada, Ohio, and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She has also completed a two-year Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship as part of the UNC-Duke Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology Training Program. She joined the Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology faculty at the University of Minnesota in fall of 2014.  She is a past recipient of the AFPE/AAPS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Award and the AFPE/Rho Chi First Year Graduate Fellowship.

Research efforts in Dr. Nicol's lab are focused on identifying factors that influence the efficacy of antivirals in tissue compartments relevant for viral transmission, shedding, and latent reservoirs. Dr. Nicol's recent efforts have been focused on understanding antiretroviral disposition and efficacy in the female genital with the ultimate goal of improving HIV prevention options for women.  As the Powell Center Scholar Dr. Nicol's proposed research objective is to determine how antiretroviral distribution, metabolism, and efficacy in female genital tissues are affected by inflammation, menopause, and exogenous hormone use.

Feb 17 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Unanticipated Salutary Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention on Women's Lives - Implications for Practice and Research"

Not surprisingly, in the study of interventions, participants who better adhere to the practice regimen tend to reap more benefits and often unanticipated benefits are also realized. In our work with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for women with heart disease, we undertook a qualitative study to examine the range of benefits experienced, and to also determine the potential challenges of adherence to the MBSR practice regimen. This lecture will present our methods and findings, and implications for future practice and study of MBSR will be recommended.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Please register here.

Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Dr. Lindquist is a Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota 


Mayo Building, Room 3-125

Register Now for the 2016 Women's Health Research Conference

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Women's Health Conference, "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health"This conference will explore the effects of environmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) as well as specific chronic conditions (obesity, diabetes, menopause, exercise) of altered hormone action and their impact on human health. 

The conference will take place on Monday, April 4th, 2016, at Coffman Theater, and has been updated to a half-day format. It will feature nationally recognized speakers Drs. Cheryl Walker (Texas A&M) and Shuk-Mei Ho (University of Cincinnati) whose research is focused on the impact of EDCs on reproduction and cancer. We are also pleased to present a panel discussion featuring local University of Minnesota experts in mature women’s health/hormone replacement (Dr. June Lavalleur), diabetes and obesity (Dr. Shalamar Sibley), and the importance of maintaining our health via diet, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle (Dr. Mindy Kurzer).


General admission - $25

Students - $15

Register for the 2016 Conference

For more information about the conference, to submit a poster abstract, or to see the agenda, please visit our conference page


Dec 4 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

"The Global Early Adolescent Study: A 15-country Study to Explore the Acquisition and Influence of Gender Norms in a Global Context"

Presented by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Epidemiology & Community Health Department

The age period of 10-14 years is among the most critical for human development, yet one of the most poorly understood.  Biological processes are universal, but the social contexts in which these processes occur vary.  During this age period, gendered norms and beliefs are solidified.  Dr. Blum will discuss the development, rationale, and design for one of his most recent studies, the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS).  This 15-country longitudinal study will assess how social processes influence young people’s health, with particular attention to how gender norms influence sexual health and behaviors.  Other outcomes of interest are education attainment, mental health, and physical health.

Dr. Robert Blum

William H. Gates Sr. Chair
Professor, Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Blum is an international expert in global and adolescent health.  Over the past 40 years, Dr. Blum has published more than 250 journal articles, and has held leadership positions as a committee member/director or consultant with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, the Guttmacher Institute, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.  Among his many honors, Blum was awarded the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Herbert Needleman Award, the MCH Bureau’s Vince Hutchins Award, and APHA’s Martha May Elliot Award.


Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, West Bank Office Building, University of Minnesota, 1300 S 2nd St, Room 364, Minneapolis MN 55455. 

Campus map available at  Parking (not free) in back of building; on-street parking at meters.

Dec 1 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

"Subcutaneous Scars"

The Health Equity Work Group, School of Public Health, and Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) of the University of Minnesota are honored to host Dr. Vanessa Northingham Gamble in a special lecture session.

During this session, Dr. Northingham Gamble will give a reflection about her career in academic medicine. This will be followed by an interactive dialogue about some of the challenges faced by professionals of color and women in academic biomedical careers.

Lunch will be served at 12:50 pm.

Space is limited, registration is requested to attend December's Special Session, please register here.

For questions or more information, please contact the University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research department: 

(612) 625-1654, phdr@umn.edu

Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD

Professor of Health Humanities, 
Professor of Health Policy and American Studies, 
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

"Vanessa Northington Gamble is a physician and medical historian.  She has taught at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, the University of Wisconsin, and Johns Hopkins University. Appointed head of the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Division of Community and Minority Programs in 1999, Professor Gamble has served as consultant or committee member on a range of projects run by national medical organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Foundation for AIDS Research." (George Washington University, Department of American Studies)


717 Delaware SE, Room 105, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, East Bank

"Sex Differences Research, Precision Medicine, and the Future of Women's Health"

BIRCWH Research Director, Dr. Virginia Miller from the Mayo Clinic, has published an article on "Sex Differences Research, Precision Medicine, and the Future of Women's Health" in the Journal of Women's Health. Her article discusses the importance of women's health becoming a part of the culture of clinical practice, discovery science, and medical/health education. 
You can read her article in the Journal of Women's Health.



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.

To promote the health of diverse women, families, and communities.

To catalyze research partnerships that advance knowledge of women's health across the lifespan.


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

Learn more about the 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" which will take place on April 4, 2016.


Call for Poster Abstracts now open!


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.