Panel Shares Research on Sleep and Menopause Health Issues

A panel of researchers, including two UMass Amherst faculty members, will discuss “Coping with Menopause: Hot Flashes, Sleep Disruption and Cognitive Impairment” on Thursday, April 24 from noon to 2 p.m. in 163C Campus Center as part of the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series.

The presentation will focus on current research on sleep and menopause health issues with discussion on the interactions between sleep, hot flashes and cognitive function in menopause.

The panelists are:

  • Agnès Lacreuse, associate professor of psychology, whose research focuses on the influences of sex hormones on cognitive function, particularly in the context of aging. Her studies use nonhuman primate models to determine whether estrogen and androgen replacement are desirable interventions to reduce cognitive aging.
  • Lynnette Leidy Sievert, professor of anthropology, a biological anthropologist whose research has focused on age at menopause and symptom experience at midlife. She has studied the prevalence and determinants of hot flashes in six countries to better understand similarities and differences in symptoms across cultures.
  • Susan E. Appt, associate professor of pathology-comparative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, whose research interests focus on using nonhuman primates to better understand the influence diet and reproductive hormones on risk factors for chronic diseases common in postmenopausal women. Her current projects include the characterization of the nonhuman primate model of perimenopause, studies of the effects of hormonal changes across the perimenopausal transition on risk factors for cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease and bone loss, and the effect of obesity on ovarian function.
  • Jessica A. Mong, associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, whose primary research focus is the study of mechanisms underlying the estrogenic control of sleep and arousal systems. In a rodent model, her research group uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines behavioral, cellular, molecular and functional neuroanatomical techniques. An understanding of how changes in ovarian hormone levels affect sleep is particularly relevant to peri- and postmenopausal women who report disturbances in their sleep patterns.

The program is free and open to the public and a light lunch is available.

The Center for Research on Families is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lectures Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.




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