News & Highlights


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

February 12, 2016

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

February 5, 2016
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

February 3, 2016

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

February 3, 2016

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

February 3, 2016

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.

Register Now for the 2016 Women's Health Research Conference

December 1, 2015

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


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

November 16, 2015
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.



Carolyn Torkelson Publishes Study on Mature Women's Health

September 28, 2015

Carolyn Torkelson, MD, MS, Family Medicine and Community Health, and former Associate Director of the Powell Center for Women's Health, collaborated with Carrie Anne Terrell, MD, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and faculty from the School of Nursing to publish a study on how to support mature women through interprofessional intervention. The journal article can be found here. Congratulations to Dr. Torkelson on her interdisciplinary work and advancing research in mature women's health.

Scholar in Mature Women's Health Funding Opportunity - Deadline Extended

September 20, 2015

The Scholar in Mature Women's Health request for letters of intent has been extended to September 28th, 2015. Learn More about the opportunities available, by clicking the link below.

Join us - Lecture on Friday, July 24th

June 30, 2015

The Powell Center for Women's Health will be hosting Michael Saladin, from the Medical University of South Carolina, along with Alicia Allen, from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota, for a noon lecture on July 24th discussing the importance of the menstrual phase in biobehavioral research. This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP via the following link: if you plan to join us. We hope to see you there!