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Women’s Health and Sex Differences Researchers at WFBMC

One of our goals in OWIMS is to foster women's health research by enabling researchers at the institution with women's health and/or sex differences interests to connect with one another and by promoting the development of new, translational research collaborations and teams. 

The portfolio continues to develop as an important tool for fostering new research collaborations and tracking women's health research within the institution.  Faculty investigators, to be added to the portfolio complete the short questionnaire

Below are the WFSM Women’s Health Researchers.

Full Name

Department

WHR

SDR

Specialty

Other current research area

Elizabeth Alli, PhD

Cancer Biology

Yes

 

Breast cancer treatment and chemoprevention

 

Dennis Ang, MD, MS

Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Yes

 

fibromyalgia: 90% females

chronic musculoskeletal pain 

Susan Appt, DVM

Pathology, Comparative Medicine

Yes

 

Atherosclerosis, nutrition, menopause

 

Nancy Avis, PhD

Social Sciences & Health Policy

Yes

 

breast cancer (symptom management, quality of life, sexual function, late effects, cardio-oncology, psychosocial aspects)  menopause and aging (epidemiology, hot flashes, cognition, mood, sexual function, psychological well-being)  non-hormonal treatments for hot flashes

 

Gopal Badlani, MD

Urology

Yes

 

Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic organ Prolapse 

NIDDK funded RO1 on Primate model for cellular therapy for incontinence  NIDDK funded research on Molecular basis for Interstitial Cystitis   FDA pilot study on cell therapy for incontinence 

Daniel Beavers, PhD

PHS - Biostatistical Sciences

Yes

 

Biostatistics, clinical trails

epidemiology, bone health, body composition/obesity, cognition, mobility, nutriton

Sarah Berga, MD

Obstertrics and Gynecology

Yes

Yes

Sex differences in stress and impact on gender and fertility

Postpartum depression, hormones and brain health, stress and brain health

K. Bridget Brosnihan, PhD

Surgery/Hypertension

Yes

Yes

Pregnancy, preeclampsia, renin-angiotensin system hyptertension

 

J. Mark Cline, DVM, PhD

Pathology, Comparative Medicine

Yes

Yes

Breast cancer  Radiation injury

Targeted therapeutics

Laura Coker, PhD

Social Sciences and Health Policy

Yes

 

Cognitive health; cognitive aging, Mild cognitive impairment, dementia.

 

Tracy Criswell, PhD

Regenerative Medicine

 

Yes

Sex differences in skeletal muscle regeneration during aging.

 

Paul Czoty, PhD

Physiology & Pharmacology

Yes

Yes

animal models of substance abuse

brain imaging

Kerry Danelson, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery

 

Yes

Biomechanics: I am interested in the difference in kinematic and injury response in men and women, specifically in the military blast environment.

Orthopaedic/experimental biomechanics, imaging, computational modeling (for biomechanics research), military injury prevention.

Suzanne Danhauer, PhD

Social Sciences & Health Policy

Yes

 

Cancer survivorship, symptom management, behavioral oncology/psychosocial oncology, mind-body interventions, treatment of depression and anxiety, positive adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

 

Cynthia Emory, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Yes

 

Orthopaedic Oncology

osteoporosis; sarcoma research; metastatic bone disease

Mark Espeland, PhD

Biostatistical Sciences

Yes

Yes

Clinical trials  Neuroepidemiology  Hormone therapy  Diabetes  Obesity

Behavioral interventions  Aging

Robert Evans, MD

Urology

Yes

 

IC/BPS 

 

Carlos Ferrario, MD

Surgery

Yes

Yes

Hypertension, heart disease, heart failure

hormone regulation of heart function;  diastolic dysfunction

Jorge Figueroa, MD, PhD

OBGYN

Yes

Yes

Perinatal Biology  Fetal Programming  

 

Sarah Gaussoin 

PHS-DBS

Yes

 

Memory and Cognition

Diabetes, Blood Pressure

Leanne Groban, MD

anesthesiology

 

Yes

cardiac  heart failure

GPR30 and cardioprotection  Estrogen and the local cardiac RAS

Denise Houston, PhD, RD

Internal Medicine

 

 

geriatrics, nutrition, obesity

diabetes, cardiovascular disease

Eddie Ip, PhD

Biostatistics

 

 

psychometrics, measurement, longitudinal analysis methods, new design and methods for clinical studies    areas of application: obesity, cancer, diabetes, aging, pediatrics

Multiphase optimization (MOST) design  item response models  hidden Markov models for multivariate longitudinal analysis  transition analysis  synthetic cohort   symptomology in cancer survivors

Carl Langefeld, PhD

Biostatistical Sciences

Yes

Yes

genomics of gender bias in autoimmune diseases, stoke, heart disease, end-stage renal disease

genomics (genetics, epigenetics) of human disease and traits,   metagenomics and microbiome of human disease  ethnic differences  phylogenetics of autoimmune diseases

Xiaoyan 'Iris' Leng, MD, PhD

Biostatistical Sciences

Yes

 

statistical methods, aging, cognitive funciton, CVD, physical functioning

 

Mamy McMichael, MD

Dermatology

Yes

 

African American women and hair loss, Health and skin care practices and exercise, skin of color in women

 

Linda Metheny-Barlow, PhD

Radiation Oncology

Yes

 

Breast cancer, brain metastasis of breast cancer, radiation-induced cognitive impairment

 

Morgana Mongraw-Chaffin, PhD

Epidemiology & Prevention

Yes

Yes

I am an epidemiologist with a research focus on sex differences in obesity and cardiovascular disease.

My complementary work investigates the role that women's reproductive health and pregnancy play in the development of later life cardiovascular risk.

Michael Nader, PhD

Physiology and Pharmacology

Yes

Yes

Behavioral neuropharmacology, animal models of substance abuse

Brain imaging, physiological consequences of drug exposure, cognition

Chandylen Nightingale, PhD

SSHP

Yes

 

I'm a cancer survivorship researcher with expertise in informal caregiving. The majority of informal caregivers are women, thus my research tends to highlight female informal caregivers. 

Scalable psychosocial, integrative, and behavioral interventions to improve biopsychosocial outcomes among cancer survivors and caregivers. 

Cormac O'Donovan, MD

Neurology

Yes

Yes

Epilepsy  Sleep   Clinical Neurophysiology

Education  Professional Resilience

Candace Parker-Autry, MD

OB/GYN

Yes

 

Female Pelvic Medicine

Female pelvic health

Donald Penzien, PsyD

Anesthesiology & Neurology

Yes

 

clinical psychology

migraine, headache, pain --- particularly behavioral management and psychiatric comorbidities

Victor Pulgar, PhD 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yes

Yes

Vascular Physiology and Pharmacology

Fetal Programming  Endocannabinoids intracellular pathways  Hypertension  Hypertension in Pregnancy    

Steve Rapp, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Social Science & Health Policy (PHS)

Yes

 

cognitive aging; dementia and age-related cognitive impairment; 

cancer and cognition

Tom Register, PhD

Pathology, Comparative Medicine

Yes

Yes

cardiovascular, skeletal, metabolic, aging, inflammation, connective tissue, molecular mechanisms, imaging, genomics

 

James Rose, PhD

Ob/Gyn

Yes

Yes

Perinatal Biology

 

Margaret Rukstalis, MD

Psychiatry

Yes

Yes

Psychiatry  Addiction Psychiatry  Clinical Pharmacology

 

Naveen Said, PhD

Cancer Biology

Yes

 

Ovarian cancer

Bladder cancer

Hossam Shaltout, PhD

OBGYN

Yes

Yes

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

 

Avinash Shetty, MD

Pediatrics

Yes

 

Global Health    HIV prevention from mothers to babies in low and middle income countries    Health issues of women living with HIV.     Reproductive health and contraceptive needs for women living with HIV     Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among adolescents and young women 

Infectious Diseases (Global Health)  Antimicrobial resistance and stewardship

Carol Shively, PhD

Pathology, Comparative Medicine

Yes

 

Stress and diet effects on obesity, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration

 

Sally Shumaker, PhD

Social Sciences & Health Policy

Yes

 

Women and aging; cognitive decline and dementia; 

 

Beverly Snively, PhD

Biostatistical Sciences

Yes

Yes

Biostatistics

Neurology

Stephanie Sohl, PhD

Social Sciences & Health Policy

Yes

 

Psychosocial Oncology

Integrative Medicine

Andrew South, MD

Pediatrics

 

 

Pediatric nephrology, hypertension, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, kidney transplant

 

E. Ann Tallant, PhD

Surgery/Hypertension

Yes

 

Basic research, developing therapeutics for the treatment of women with breast cancer

Development of therapies for cancer (breast, prostate) and cardiovascular co-mobidities

Robert Taylor, MD, PhD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yes

 

endometrial function, implantation failure, endometriosis, endometrial cancer

angiogenesis and neurogenesis of endometrium, endometrial cell differentiation; complications of pregnancy, preeclampsia

Janet Tooze, PhD

Dept of Biostatistical Sciences

 

 

Statistics

Dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology

Hao Wang, MD, PhD

Anesthesiology

Yes

Yes

Sex differences in heart diseases; postmenopausal heart diseases

 

Lisa Washburn, MD

Pediatrics

Yes

Yes

Neonatology

Long term cardiovascular/metabolic/renal outcomes of preterm infants  Fetal Programming of the Renin Angiotensin System  Origins of obesity

Kathryn Weaver, PhD

Social Sciences and Health Policy

 

 

cancer survivorship, cancer care delivery

cancer health equity, rural health

Rebecca Wells, MD

Neurology

Yes

 

Headache  Integrative Medicine  Mindfulness

 

Christopher Whitlow, PhD

Radiology and Biomedical Engineering

Yes

Yes

advanced structural/functional brain imaging, neuropharmacology, epidemiology, informatics

traumatic brain injury (girls soccer), neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer's), dystonia, diabetes, neuro-oncology, effects of chemo/radiation, substance abuse, cognitive function   

Aimee Wilkin, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Yes

Yes

Infectious Diseases/ HIV medicine

HIV, antiretroviral therapy, health disparities

Liliya Yamaleyeva, MD, MS

Hypertension and Vascular Research, Department of General Surgery

Yes

Yes

pregnancy  preeclampsia  intrauterine growth restriction  sex differences in renal and cardiovascular physiology  women's health

ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging

 

 

 

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