October 1, 2020
Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson presented "Why the Menstrual Cycle Matters," the first talk in the 2020-21 UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, on Wednesday, October 7, at 4:00 pm in a Zoom webinar format.
Established in 1974, the annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of the university's most esteemed and accomplished faculty members. The lecture series not only honors individual faculty members and their achievements, but also celebrates the values of academic excellence that we share as a community. Each honoree is presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus.
In her talk titled, Bertone-Johnson discussed how aspects of the menstrual cycle may predict long-term risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. If it can be determined whether these menstrual-related factors may be early sentinels of future disease, this knowledge can be used to identify young women to target for early intervention. Bertone-Johnson presented results from her research investigating how modifiable factors such as diet, smoking, weight gain, and behavioral health play important roles in these relations, and discuss how improving health behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood may have lasting positive impacts on women’s health.
The webinar included special introductions from Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs John McCarthy and Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz, and the presentation of the Chancellor's Medal from Chancellor Subbaswamy.
Additional information about the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series is available here.
Watch the lecture below: