News & Highlights


2016 Women's Health Research Conference

April 11, 2016

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

April 11, 2016

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

April 6, 2016

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

March 23, 2016

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!

March 15, 2016

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"

February 17, 2016

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)

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

Dr. Rachel Isaksson Vogel is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health.  She received her Master’s degree in Biostatistics in 2008 and served as a statistical consultant for cancer researchers through 2015. In 2016 she completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and transitioned into a faculty research position. Dr. Vogel 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.