Deborah E. Powell

Center for Women's Health

A National Center of Excellence

News & Highlights

 University & Community News & Highlights  


  • Carolyn Torkelson, MD, will be leaving her position as Associate Director of the Powell Center. We are so grateful for her ten years of service to the Powell Center and for her lifetime commitment to women's health. She will be greatly missed!
  • The Powell Center would like Congratulate, BIRCWH Scholar, Alicia Allen for receiving the 2014 Outstanding Junior Mentor Award - At the CTSI Poster Session and Reception, on September 16th, CTSI recognized Alicia Allen, PhD, with the Outstanding Junior Mentor Award, a new award that recognizes mentors with the rank of assistant professor. Both awards recognize outstanding research mentors, using nominations provided by the mentees themselves and faculty colleagues.
  • New Study Identifies Opportunities to Reduce Patient Burden Associated with Breast Cancer Screening - New technology and better screening strategies can lower the rate of false-positive results, which impose a substantial financial and psychological burden on women. The many misperceptions about breast cancer screening options and risks, the benefits and costs of screening, and the need for new approaches and better education are discussed in a series of articles in a supplement to Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
  • Damaging Legacy: Mothers who Smoke affect the Fertility of their Sons - Mothers who smoke while they are pregnant or breast feeding may be damaging the future fertility of their sons, according to new findings. The study is the first comprehensive animal model to show the mechanism by which smoking can affect the fertility of male offspring. Until now, the effects on the fertility of male offspring and the mechanisms involved have been unclear -- a problem that has been confounded by the lack of animal studies in which the environment and exposure to toxic chemicals can be carefully controlled.
  • World First: Baby born after womb transplantation - "Absolute uterine factor infertility" is the only type of female infertility still considered to be untreatable. This condition is often a consequence of Rokitansky syndrome, which is when a woman is born without a womb. Adoption and surrogacy have so far been the only options for women with absolute uterine factor infertility to acquire motherhood. However, the news of the first baby to be born from a woman with Rokitansky syndrome who received a womb transplant brings hope to women with forms of absolute uterine factor infertility.
  • Robotic Surgery: More Complications, Higher Expense for Some Conditions - Robot-assisted surgery was first widely used for radical prostatectomy. For procedures such as prostatectomy, where there were previously no minimally invasive options, robot-assisted laparoscopy often offered a dramatic improvement. But in the two gynecologic surgeries looked at in this study -- oophorectomy (removal of one or both ovaries) and cystectomy (removal of an ovarian cyst) -- surgeons already had laparoscopic options. The rate of robot-assisted surgery increased from 3.5 percent in 2009 to 15.0 percent in 2012 for oophorectomy and from 2.4 percent in 2009 to 12.9 percent in 2012 for cystectomy. The study showed a small but statistically significant overall increase in intraoperative (during surgery) complications, mainly ureteral and bladder injuries, with the robot-assisted procedures -- 3.4 percent for robot-assisted oophorectomy vs. 2.1 percent for conventional laparoscopic oophorectomy; 2.0 percent for a robot-assisted cystectomy vs. 0.9 percent for a conventional laparoscopic cystectomy.
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  • Last modified on October 17, 2014