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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.

Rachel Isaksson Vogel Named Newest Masonic Cancer Center Scholar

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

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.

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. 



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.