Dr. Gail Greendale received her B.A. degree from Cornell University and M.D. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. Her internship and residency in General Internal Medicine were completed at Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University, where she also served as chief medical resident. Dr. Greendale next completed a fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School.
For close to three decades, Dr. Greendale has been committed to the study of mid-life and older women’s health. Her main areas of concentration are menopause and osteoporosis. Since joining the UCLA faculty in 1989, Dr. Greendale has led dozens of scientific studies related to the natural history and the treatment of these conditions. She led the UCLA section of the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestins Intervention Trial (PEPI), the first large NIH-sponsored randomized controlled clinical trial of the effects of menopausal hormones on cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopause. Dr. Greendale is the Principal Investigator of the UCLA site of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), which has been in the field since the early 1990’s. SWAN is the largest US study of the biological and psychosocial consequences of menopause, and the only such study that includes women of five ethnic/racial groups. SWAN has given rise to many other research grants made to Dr. Greendale and her research team, including studies of the effects of plant estrogens on multiple health outcomes, new ways to assess hip bone strength, the effects of complementary and alternative practices on menopause symptoms, changes in spine bone structure during the menopause, and how getting breast cancer during the menopause transition affects women’s health and quality of life.
Dr. Greendale’s work also includes studies of menopausal hormones on breast tissue density, the treatment of menopause symptoms in breast cancer survivors, factors that lead to osteoporosis in both women and men, the use of Yoga to stabilize or reverse excessive curvature of the spine (commonly called “Dowager’s Hump”), use of Yoga to preserve physical function in seniors, and the effects of physical activity on bone health.
Founded in 2004, the Executive Advisory Board of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center provides funding for research and education projects of the Center. Over the past 7 years, the Executive Advisory Board has provided nearly $800,000 to help underwrite 33 UCLA research projects in women's health. These projects have:
Advanced our understanding of differences between women and men in how genes work in the brain, liver, muscle, and adipose tissue (fat);
Investigated the potential of natural components of vegetables to present the spread of breast and ovarian cancer;
Studied the immune system, including how the impact of stress may be affected by female hormones, whether yoga may help overcome stressful changes, and how particular aspects of women's immune systems may combine with infections and other factors to cause infertility and heart disease;
Identified victims of human trafficking (slavery) in Los Angeles might be identified and rescued through their interactions with physicians and other healthcare providers;
Studied male/female differences in stroke and migraine headaches;
Investigated less toxic approaches to the treatment of uterine cancer.
Executive Advisory Board funds also support outreach programs of the Center that provide health education to low-income women, as well as educational programs for medical students, practicing physicians, and other healthcare providers. The Executive Advisory Board supports joint health advocacy programs with the Los Angeles County Office of Women's Health on topics such as reproductive health, cardiovascular disease in women, human trafficking, and women's health and the environment.
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