2014: JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH

The 8th Saxon Graham Lecturer was JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and co-director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor of medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School.

The lecture was held Friday, April 4, 2014, from noon to 1 p.m. in 144 Farber Hall on UB's South Campus.

Topic: Vitamin D and Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease: Is Enthusiasm Outpacing Evidence?

Manson is a board-certified endocrinologist, epidemiologist and specialist in preventive medicine. She serves as principal investigator on several major NIH-funded research studies addressing prevention of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, including the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL), the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Center in Boston (since study inception), the Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study, and the cardiovascular component of the Nurses’ Health Study. She also serves as one of the PIs of the Kronos Early Estrogen Study (KEEPS).

Her primary research interests include the role of lifestyle and nutritional factors, particularly vitamin D, omega-3s and folate, in the prevention of chronic disease, the benefits and risks of estrogen therapy, the effects of moderate-intensity vs. vigorous exercise, and biomarker predictors of chronic disease.

Manson has received numerous awards and honors, including the Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Heart Association’s Population Research Prize, the AHA's Distinguished Scientist Award, election to the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians, the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health, and she recently served as president of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Other positions with NAMS include serving on the Executive Committee, Research Advisory Committee, Scientific Program Committee (Chair in 2013-14).

She has published more than 700 articles in the medical literature and is the author or editor of several books, including Prevention of Myocardial Infarction (1996), Clinical Trials in Heart Disease (2004), the 30-Minute Fitness Solution (2001), and Hot Flashes, Hormones & Your Health (2007).  Manson was also one of the physicians featured in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibition, “History of American Women Physicians,” in Bethesda, Md.