October 2009

The complexities of estrogen signaling

Did you know that males require estrogen for many key biological processes, including spermatogenesis? Actually, many of the actions thought to be caused by testosterone in males is actually caused by estrogen signaling instead. These are some of the cool facts about estrogen signaling that were covered in the most recent Institute for Women’s Health Research hosted talk by Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, entitled, “The complexities of estrogen signaling.”


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Moving Into the Future: New Dimensions and Strategies for Women’s Health Research

On October 14-16, 2009 the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), NIH, DHHS along with Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital is co-hosting the fourth in a series of regional scientific workshops to explore new dimensions for the NIH women’s health research agenda in the next decade.

With continuing rapid advances in science and wider global understanding of women’s health and sex/gender contributions to well-being and disease, the purpose of the regional meetings is to ensure that NIH continues to support cutting edge women’s health research that is based upon the most advanced techniques and methodologies.

The ideas and recommendations emerging from this conference, which includes public hearings and scientific workshops, and other regional conferences will help inform future women’s health research priorities at the NIH.

Focus areas for discussion at this workshop:

Institute Provides Funding for Sex and Gender Research

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

You may have noticed the NFL players wearing their pink gloves and shoes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  But did you know that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American women?  It is caused by abnormal cell growth in the breast tissue, usually beginning in the milk-producing ducts.  The abnormal growth may spread (metastasize) through your breast to your lymph nodes, or other parts of your body.

“Illinois Women’s Health Registry: A Catalyst for Innovative Research”

Institute for Healthcare Studies Seminar Series presents:

“Illinois Women’s Health Registry: A Catalyst for Innovative Research”

Sarah Bristol-Gould, PhD

Director of Research Programs

Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern University

October 8th , 2009 from 12pm to 1pm.

Room 421, Wieboldt Hall, 340 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL

This event is free and open to the public. (Lunch provided for attendees)