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Local Research Marathon to Address Women's Health

May 13, 2005

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

mvann@tulane.edu

NEW ORLEANS- Cutting edge, local research in women's health topics such as heart disease risk perception, sexually transmitted diseases and infant health will be on the agenda Monday, May 16 at the Annual Tulane Women's Health Research Marathon. In addition to presentations by local researchers, Vivian Pinn, director of the Office of Women's Health Research at NIH, will give a noon keynote address about women's health research in the 21st century.

This day-long event highlighting women's health research will feature presentations by local researchers, one of whom will receive an award for outstanding research. This event strives to promote interest and collaboration in women's health research among faculty at Tulane and other health-related institutions in the area, says Jeanette Magnus, director of the Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health.

The Women's Health Research Marathon Day will be comprised of 14 presentations and two poster sessions presenting various health research initiatives. Speakers include both Tulane University and Louisiana State University faculty, including Ali Jawa, Karen DeSalvo, Xu Xiong, and Michael Hagensee.

Jawa, assistant professor of endocrinology at Tulane will present research that may explain the poor prognosis regarding the progression of nephropathy and cardiovascular events African Americans with Type 2 diabetes. DeSalvo, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatric at Tulane, will present research on the personal characteristics associated with underestimating cardiovascular disease in black women.

DeSalvo's research interests include the social and cultural determinants of health as well as improving the delivery of ambulatory health services to vulnerable populations with chronic diseases. Tulane epidemiologist Xiong will be presenting "Birth weight and infant growth: 'Catch- up' versus 'slow-down' growth". Xiong's research interests include etiology, prevention and outcomes of pregnancy complications as well as evaluation of perinatal health care and intervention.

Michael Hagensee, assistant professor of medicine at Louisiana State University, specializes in the immunology and structure of Human Papillomaviruses (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease that causes genital warts and is thought to put women at risk for cervical cancer. Hagensee will be presenting Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus Genotypes in Women from Three Clinical Settings.

The program is sponsored by the Tulane University Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program and the Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and will take place Monday May 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1324 Tulane Ave. The presentations are open to the public.

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