In the ongoing quest to ensure women’s inclusion in medical research, many stakeholders consider research involving pregnant and lactating women as the next step forward. At the NIH, these efforts are being led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
While NIH policies intend to correct imbalances in studying females, one researcher argues that the new movement on including sex as a biological variable has backfired in implementation.
SWHR hired Dr. Melissa Laitner as SWHR’s new Director of Science Policy to envision, direct, and implement creative science programs and policy activities designed to improve women’s experiences in health care.
Maternal mortality rates in the United States are higher than anywhere else in the developed world, and the majority of the estimated 700 pregnancy-related deaths each year are preventable.
To assist patients in navigating this process, SWHR created the Migraine Patient Toolkit: A Guide to Your Care, a new resource that provides useful information about migraine diagnosis and treatment options, as well as tips on interacting with health care providers and health insurance companies to achieve the best possible outcomes.
The Society for Women’s Health Research announced the hiring of Dr. Lucy Erickson as its new director of scientific programs. Erickson will design and lead innovative programs to increase awareness of and investment in women’s health and sex differences research. She will identify and recruit diverse stakeholders to participate in SWHR’s interdisciplinary science networks and channel their expertise to advance the goals of SWHR’s mission-focused programs.
Prior to joining SWHR, Erickson was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she worked in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering on programs and initiatives related to data science and computing, providing a unique perspective through her expertise in cognitive development.
She has conducted postdoctoral research on child language development at Georg August Universität Göttingen in Germany and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). At UMCP, she conducted research on the impact of background noise on children and adults, and developed a novel task to assess the role of distractibility in infants’ and toddlers’ difficulties coping with noisy environments.
Erickson earned her PhD in 2015 in developmental psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, where she previously completed a master’s degree in developmental psychology. Her doctoral work focused mechanisms of child language learning and the connection between attention and working memory and language learning. Before that, she spent a year as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she conducted research on sex differences in mouse models of schizophrenia. Erickson holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of arts in Germanic studies from UMCP.
In her free time, she is an avid traveler and enjoys camping and being outdoors, reading, practicing German, and spending time with friends. She loves science and learning, and is excited to learn about women’s health while contributing to SWHR’s mission.
Women won’t benefit from new therapies unless they can access them, and patient access to new innovations is based, in part, on value assessment.
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night to celebrate advancements in women’s health at the Society for Women’s Health Research 29th Annual Awards Dinner.