Carocari Gift to Support Dr. Schwartz’s Ovarian Cancer Research
Deborah Carocari was only 36 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of advanced but low-grade ovarian cancer. At that time she received a prognosis of several months to a year from her physician, Peter Schwartz, MD, now the John Slade Ely Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Vice Chair, Gynecology. Debbie went on to defy those odds and battle the cancer for the next two decades. Although she ultimately succumbed to the disease, a generous gift from her estate is now making possible further ovarian cancer research by Dr. Schwartz.
Taylor Receives the “Distinguished Scientist Award” from Society for Reproductive Investigation for 2020
The 2020 Society for Reproductive Investigation “Distinguished Scientist Award” is given to Hugh S. Taylor, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale.
Innovations and Discoveries on the Horizon
On the evening of November 20, Dr. Hugh Taylor welcomed just over 20 guests to an intimate event at the Boyer Center, focusing on the department’s advances for women in gynecological cancer research and infertility. It was an inspiring opportunity for all the guests to gain a more nuanced understanding of the many contributions the Department has made—and is poised to continue make—in these critical aspects of women’s health.
Dr. Vikki Abrahams receives the 2019 American Society for Reproductive Immunology Award
Previously known as the Blackwell Munksgaard Award, the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology Award is presented annually to a senior investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the area of reproductive immunology. Contributions can be in the area of clinical or basic research.
New Stem-cell Cultivation Procedure Boosts Hope for Cures
When the Taylor lab in Yale’s Division of Reproductive Sciences extracted stem cells from human endometrial tissue—more commonly known as the uterine lining—the researchers were proud of their accomplishment. They didn’t think the find was extraordinary, and they certainly didn’t imagine that it might lead to treatments for a neurodegenerative condition. They were wrong—and happily so.
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.
New lead on endometriosis could generate non-hormonal treatments
Researchers in the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences have made a key finding about endometriosis in humans and mice that could lead to new nonhormonal treatments for the disease.
Fetal Care Team Heals Baby Boy
When Lauren McDonough began experiencing contractions midway into her first pregnancy, her doctor suspected that everyday stress might be the cause. But, says McDonough, when those contractions became her “constant companion,” her stress turned into real worry.Source: Yale Medicine
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.”
Size matters when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels in check
Keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range is key to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a crucial role in safely maintaining blood sugar levels.
Connecticut’s premature births increase; state graded a C by March of Dimes
While Connecticut's preterm birth rate increased according to the last March of Dimes prematurity report card, dramatic improvement was seen in New Haven County, decreasing to 8.9% from 9.6%. New Haven County gets a grade of "B".Source: New Haven Register
Researchers find genes behind aggressive ovarian and endometrial cancers
In a major breakthrough for ovarian and uterine cancers, Yale researchers have defined the genetic landscape of rare, highly aggressive tumors called carcinosarcomas (CSs), pointing the way to possible new treatments. The findings are published in the Oct. 10 online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.