Dr. Cohn’s directs research on breast cancer in the Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) where she employs a unique biospecimen archive to investigate the role of environmental chemical exposures in pregnancy on the health of the mother, her daughter and granddaughters. She also directs a research program in grandparental effects on the risk of autism and cardiometabolic risk in CHDS granddaughters and grandsons. She collaborates with researchers at other institutions and oversees new CHDS data collections, currently in studies of in utero predictors of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, psychological symptoms and functioning and young onset colon cancer. She participates in transdisciplinary collaborations notably toxicology, environmental chemistry, metabolomics, health disparities). Dr. Cohn has an undergraduate degree in Zoology, Masters Degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Health Planning and a PhD in Epidemiology all from UC Berkeley. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two.
Muti-And Trans-Generational Environmental Transmission Of Breast Cancer
We address multi-generational and trans-generational impact of environmental chemicals on breast cancer, highlighting high-resolution metabolomics in our archived pregnancy bio-specimens and three generation follow-up. We employ novel computational approaches and integrative analysis to reveal prenatal molecular footprints of gene-environment interactions and discuss implications for breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment.
Researchers have long been recognizing the uniqueness of women’s health and the substantial effect on clinical practice, acknowledging the increasing appreciation of the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health and disease. In every organ system, there are diseases that are unique to women, more common in women than in men, or characterized by differences in disease course in women compared with men. This session will include the effect of women’s health on the following topics: