SWHR submitted comments to the FDA in response to draft guidance on considerations for pregnancy safety and lactation studies.
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.
Women with heavy menstrual bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and similar symptoms are often unaware that these experiences are not normal.
When patients and health care providers are forced to make health care decisions without sufficient evidence to inform them, the negative effects can be far-reaching.
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.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by bladder health issues like urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections, which can significantly disrupt daily life. Yet many women are hesitant to talk to their health care providers due to lack of awareness and stigma around bladder conditions.