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Gynecology Research & Women’s Health: An Inside the NICHD Interview

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Camera view of Dr. Lisa Halvorson.

Banner Text: Lisa Halvorson, M.D. Chief of Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch, NICHD
Dr. Lisa Halvorson: What we can do in this Branch is really promote research that’s going to give us insight into gynecologic diseases and hopefully, then, insight into their prevention …
Video of a health care provider and patient talking to each other. Dr. Halvorson: … or treatment. In many ways, I think what we see in this country is that it is women’s …
Video of four women outside, taking notes on paper or laptops and talking to each other. Dr. Halvorson: … understanding of their own bodies, their comfort in talking about it …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Banner Text: “G-Y-N” = Gynecologic Dr. Halvorson: … and their ability to access good G-Y-N care; much of that really stands in the way of women’s health care. So my hope is that my Branch can give them the best possible options.
Still image of three smiling women. Dr. Halvorson: Our mission is really quite broad, then; it’s really to address an array of gynecologic disorders—just to name a few: …
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Fibroids
Endometriosis
Irregular menstrual cycles
Chronic pelvic pain
Vulvodynia Pelvic floor disorders
Dr. Halvorson: … fibroids, endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles, chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia, pelvic floor disorders …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … and really to address them throughout the reproductive life span, starting at adolescence and going right on through to the perimenopause/early menopausal period. And again, we have a lot of interactions with other Branches that have addressed these issues in the past and are interested, for example, in the fertility aspects or the contraception aspects or the social aspects. But our focus is on those studies that look at these disorders outside of those needs.
(Edit/camera cut) Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: So we have a lot of areas of emphasis, which keeps my days very full. We certainly want to continue some of our real high-priority, high-profile areas.
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Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Training Program
Dr. Halvorson: It includes a training grant—the WRHR grant …
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Banner Text: Pelvic Floor Disorders Network
Dr. Halvorson: … a Pelvic Floor Disorders Network …
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Infographic titled “Pelvic Floor Disorders.”
Dr. Halvorson: … as well as an emphasis on …
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Cover of “NIH Research Plan on Vulvodynia.”
Dr. Halvorson: … vulvodynia. And these are all areas that we have new grant applications …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … that are coming in as we speak and certainly want to continue those efforts. But as a new Branch, we also want to build new directions …
(Edit/camera cut) Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … particularly in some of the cutting-edge …
Video of a researcher in the lab at work with goggles and tubes. Dr. Halvorson: … technologies, in genomics and epigenomics. So there will be an emphasis on that. I also think we need to look at more …
Video of a health care provider and patient talking to each other. Dr. Halvorson: … multidisciplinary approaches to chronic gynecologic pain conditions.
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: We’d like to see more small business grants in the area of G-Y-N. There are a lot of technologies …
(Edit/camera cut) Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … coming out that really, I think, could be effectively applied to a lot of these conditions, and I’d like to encourage those kinds of collaborations.
(Edit/camera cut) Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: I think there are some medications …
Video of pills being measured. Dr. Halvorson: … coming out that are going to be useful in the treatments of endometriosis …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … or fibroids, as examples. There are definitely some diagnostic …
Video of an ultrasound in progress. Dr. Halvorson: … approaches for pelvic organ prolapse—ultrasound …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … as well as some nonradiologic approaches. There are some neural stimulation approaches being used for incontinence procedures, and a lot of these technologies, I think, could make a very nice mix—academic/small business mix—to really move them forward.
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National Women’s Health Week logo
Dr. Halvorson: So National Women’s Health Week, I think, actually blends perfectly …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … with the mission of the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch.
(Edit/camera cut) Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: That is, we want women to be healthy. And what does that require? It’s a lot of things that we all know about but don’t really do as well as we could.
Split-screen video of various healthful activities (calisthenics, weightlifting, walking, jogging, hiking, and swimming) and food preparations (an orange, a pineapple, a salad, strawberries in cream, and a glass of water). Dr. Halvorson: Eat well, keep our weight down, exercise, quit smoking if we smoke …
Video of a health care provider and patient talking to each other. Dr. Halvorson: … and go see our health care provider, whether that be a gynecologist, internist, family practice …
Dr. Halvorson on camera. Dr. Halvorson: … physician—make sure that we’re up to date on our vaccines, on any routine testing that we need—just broadly, good health care is good gynecologic health care also.
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