Seminar 8th February 2013 by Professor Bernard L. Harlow, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, USA

James Cook University School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences presents
"Vulvodynia: Prevalent, Debilitating, Poorly Understood; Environmental and Psychiatric Immunoinflammatory Hypotheses"
Professor Bernard L. Harlow, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, USA
Time: Friday 8th February 2013, 1.30pm
Place: JCU, Cairns Campus, B1.031
All welcome.
Videolinked to JCU Townsville, Multipurpose Building 1 & AV Services, Building 9 Room 001 in the University Central precinct.

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Dr. Harlow's presentation will begin with a brief overview of the diagnostic classification and population-based prevalence of unexplained vulvar pain and then move to presenting data consistent with the conceptual model that clinically-confirmed Vulvodynia is the result of an altered immune-inflammatory response mechanism triggered by psychiatric and psychological conditions as well as environmental, reproductive and gynecological exposures. The talk will then conclude with work currently underway to better understand the pathogenic mechanism underlying Vulvodynia.

Dr. Bernard Harlow is the Chair of Epidemiology and Community Health and the Mayo Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Harlow has a broad-based background in women's reproductive and gynecological health, with particular expertise in the association between psychiatric morbidity and adverse women's health issues. He has managed, analyzed, and published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles from studies of malignant and borderline ovarian tumors, adverse obstetrical outcomes, premature menopause, and gynecological complications arising in women suffering from a variety of mood disorders. His interest in Vulvodynia began in 2000, when he received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigator-initiated grant to explore the prevalence and etiological predictors of Vulvodynia and his research explores potential etiological pathways that may help to explain the pathogenesis of Vulvodynia.

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