Dr. Andrea LaCroix

Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan: the UC San Diego Women’s Health Center of Excellence

drandrealacroixWorkshop/Class Overview: Improving the health of women and the quality of their health care in San Diego, the U.S. and around the world are the major goals of the new Women’s Health Center of Excellence at UCSD. At this workshop, we will introduce the Center of Excellence, highlight major trends in women’s health, and describe the current activities of the Center. Then, we will focus on a discussion of the menopause transition and recently completed experimental studies that evaluate the effectiveness of several strategies for improving bothersome menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and sleep problems. During the discussion, we would like to hear from the audience about their priorities for research in women’s health.

Learning Objectives: Understand the mission and activities of the UC San Diego Women’s Health Center of Excellence. Take away key findings on effective treatments for management of menopause symptoms and how women can use this information to evaluate whether they want any treatment, and if so, which ones address their most bothersome symptoms.

About the Speaker:

Andrea LaCroix, PhD is a Professor at the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and the Director of UC San Diego’s Women’s Health Center of Excellence. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease at The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. LaCroix came from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division where she led many activities for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Clinical Coordinating Center for
more than 17 years. She specializes in the health of postmenopausal and older women and has built and sustained a research program that spans the broad areas of causal epidemiologic studies, improving health services and testing preventive interventions that have improved public health and clinical care for women across the lifespan. In addition to WHI, she leads the Data Coordinating Center for the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Heath (MsFLASH). Dr. LaCroix has
served on the National Advisory Council on Aging, the Clinical Trials Advisory Panel, and chaired the BCA-B Study Section for the National Institute on Aging. In 2010, she was the recipient of the McDougall
Mentoring Award for her development of postdoctoral fellows within her T32 training program entitled, “Improving Health Care for Aging Women.” She currently serves on a National Academy of Science working group that will report on the public health aspects of cognitive aging in America.

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