Lasting Legacies – Women’s health research
The College of Medicine has a rich history of research related to women’s health. Many of these research projects were led by women.
Mary K. Howett, PhD
Howett, in partnership with Dr. John Kreider, led a team of researchers that perfected a technique for propagating the human papillomavirus (HPV) – the primary cause of cervical cancer. Their work was funded by the Jake Gittlen Cancer Research Foundation and helped lead to vaccines against HPV. The first received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2006.
Today, women like Weisman and Chuang are researching family planning, contraceptive decision-making and factors at the individual and community levels that affect access to reproductive health care.
Rebecca Phaëton, MD, Nadine Hempel, PhD and Katherine Aird, PhD
This group of women started the Penn State Gynecological Malignancies Group, a team of research scientists and physicians who are working towards a better understanding of ovarian cancer.
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