From February 1-3, 2016, Erasmus MC and the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences hosted their fourth annual Women’s Health Course as part of their Research Training in Medicine and the Health Sciences curriculum. Over three days, epidemiologists, basic researchers, physicians, and health policy experts discussed issues of women’s health ranging from sexual health to cancer and from mental health to menopause with an audience of their peers, as well as medical and public health students.

Of particular interest was the Day 3 Keynote speaker, Noel Bairey Merz, Director of the Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai’s Heart Institute and the Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in Los Angeles, California. Her address shed light on the differences in presentation of heart disease between women and men, specific to microvascular disease, heart disease that affects the walls and inner lining of tiny coronary artery blood vessels that branch off from the larger coronary arteries. Women are affected by microvascular disease at greater rates than men are and because the disease has not been widely studied, women may not receive the treatment they need for a potentially life-threatening disease.

Over the three days of the Women’s Health Course, the Metagenics Healthcare Institute for Clinical Nutrition was on site conducting interviews and holding special presentation sessions for users of Metagenics’ Chief Science Officer, John Troup, PhD moderated panels of experts on sexual health in menopause, mental health and cognition, and aging and cardiovascular health. Keep an eye out for the video recordings of these panels, as well as one-on-one expert interviews and short presentations by leading researchers in women’s health. The videos will be available exclusively on in the coming months!


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