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Meet the PI Lecture April 19, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Benign Symptom or Harbinger of Disease?
New Discoveries about Menopausal Symptoms, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Risk

 Rebecca Clark Thurston, PhD

  Associate Professor of Psychiatry,
and Psychology 
University of Pittsburgh



 Dr. Rebecca Thurston is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. She additionally holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Epidemiology and with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Thurston received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from Duke University and completed her fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Thurston’s research focuses on menopause and heart disease in women. One line of her research examines the physiology, management, and sequelea of menopausal hot flashes, with a particular focus on hot flashes as a marker of cardiovascular risk in women. She also examines how psychosocial factors, such as depression, loneliness, or economic stress, can uniquely impact women’s cardiovascular health. She has been awarded the New Investigator Award in Gender Differences in Aging from the American Federation for Aging Research, and both the New Investigator Award and the Vasomotor Research Award from the North American Menopause Society. Today she will present her work on obesity, hot flashes, and cardiovascular risk.  

Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:

1.  Understand the prevalence of vasomotor symptoms during the menopause transition.
2.  Describe evidence for relations between vasomotor symptoms and cardiovascular risk.
3.  Conceptualize relations between body fat, estrogens, and hot flashes during midlife and older ages.   

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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