Hugh Taylor named president of American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Hugh Taylor, M.D., will be the next president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the largest American clinical organization for reproductive medicine specialists. His presidency was formally announced on Oct. 10 at the annual meeting of ASRM in Denver, Colorado.
Lots of Successful Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. But It May Not Be About Their Careers. (Featuring Dr. Patrizio & Dr. Inhorn)
“Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career,” announced the headline of a Bloomberg Businessweek cover story in 2014. It was the year that Facebook and then Apple began offering egg freezing as a benefit to employees. Hundreds of think pieces followed, debating the costs and benefits of “postponing procreation” in the name of professional advancement. In the years since, many more women across the world have frozen their eggs. Many are highly educated. But the decision may have very little to do with work, at least according to a new study. In interviews with 150 American and Israeli women who had undergone one cycle, career planning came up as the primary factor exactly two times.
Radiolab Episode: "The Primordial Journey" (Featuring Dr. Kutluk Oktay)
At two weeks old, the human embryo has only just begun its months-long journey to become a baby. The embryo is tiny, still invisible to the naked eye. But inside it, an epic struggle plays out, as a nomadic band of cells marches toward a mysterious destiny, with the future of humanity resting on their microscopic shoulders.
Two Members of Department are Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Haifin Lin, PhD and Dr. Gunter Wagner, PhD have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The faculty members have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in research. Each member has a secondary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.
Dr. Sangini S. Sheth selected as one of the ACOG 2018 Immunization Champion Award Winners
New for ACOG in 2018, the Immunization Champion Award recognizes members who have demonstrated exceptional progress in increasing immunization rates among women. The award is intended to recognize ob-gyns who are doing an exemplary job of going above and beyond to educate patients and other providers, as well as increasing access to immunizations in their practice, communities, and the nation. This year ACOG recognizes the hard work and dedication of three selected members who exemplify ACOG’s guidance on immunization for women, one of whom is Dr. Sanguine Sheith, MD from the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.
Dr. Sabrina Diano to be honored with The Journal of Clinical Investigation Lectureship Award
Dr. Sabrina Diano, has been selected to be honored with the Journal of Clinical Investigation Lectureship Award for her work on Mitochondria function in the CNS. The lecture will be introduced by Corinne Williams, the Science Editor at JCI, on Thursday March 8th at 7:30PM at the DEUEL Conference in Coronado, California.
Women’s Health Research at Yale funds studies on colon cancer, infections in pregnancy, and domestic violence
“Through our competitive peer review process, these three studies stood out as extremely promising opportunities to improve and even save lives,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, director of WHRY. “With these new grants, we continue to expand a broad scope of existing work to focus on questions vital to the health and well-being of millions of women, men, and children.”
Yale’s Sabrina Diano is first woman to receive the Helmholtz Diabetes Award
Yale School of Medicine metabolism researcher Sabrina Diano has been selected to receive the Helmholtz Diabetes Award during the 6th annual Helmholtz Conference Sept. 26-28, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Diano is the first woman to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by a leading scientist in the field of diabetes research. She will deliver the Heimholtz Diabetes Lecture during the conference.
Gene editing opens the door to a “revolution” in treating and preventing disease
In a move that seems likely to help clear the path for the use of gene editing in the clinical setting, on February 14 the Committee on Human Gene Editing, formed by the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, recommended that research into human gene editing should go forward under strict ethical and safety guidelines.
Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, FACOG 2017 Winner Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award
Jessica was cited for her years of support for midwifery practice, not only at the local level at the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale-New Haven Hospital System and the Connecticut Women’s Health community, but through her national work with the Board of Directors of the American Association of Birth Centers and the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Committee.
Six faculty elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Six Yale School of Medicine researchers have been elected to the prestigious Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), including: Alison P. Galvani, Jonathon Howard, Ann Kurth, Frederick J. Sigworth, Hugh S. Taylor, and Sandra Wolin.
Low Levels of Vitamin B12 in Pregnancy May Increase the Risk of Preterm Birth, Study Finds
Nutrition during pregnancy affects the growing fetus, and identifying appropriate nutritional supplementation in pregnancy has been a hot topic for decades. Vitamin B12 is an essential nutritional component found only in animal-derived products like meat, milk and eggs. Low intake of such products increases the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. The proportion of pregnant women with vitamin B12 deficiency ranges from a small percentage in some Western countries, like Norway, to over two thirds in developing countries, such as India. In a newly published paper, all previous studies on effects of vitamin B12 levels in pregnancy were evaluated and their results pooled in a meta study. The question asked was whether vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy was harmful for the fetus?