February 2010: Findings from SWAN study on women and menopause

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Today, Feb. 5, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

CPISB, Room 120

UAA Assistant Professor Janet M. Johnston from the Dept. of Health Sciences will speak on SWAN and the SWAN Repository: Findings and samples from women transitioning through menopause.

The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) is an NIH-funded, multi-site, multi-ethnic longitudinal epidemiological study of the natural history of midlife women transitioning through menopause. The study examines the physical, biological, psychological and social changes during this transitional period. The SWAN Repository, the biologic specimen bank for SWAN, contains blood and urine specimens collected at each annual study visit.

This talk will include an overview of the SWAN study design and methods and will provide information about the availability of SWAN specimens for outside researchers.

In addition, selected findings from the study will be presented including results related to DHEAS and chronological and ovarian aging; associations between hormones and subclinical cardiovascular disease; and rates of bone loss during different stages of the transition.

Remember parking on the UAA campus is free of charge on Fridays. No-host refreshments will be provided following the discussion for which your contributions are greatly appreciated.

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