SELF (The Study of Environment, Lifestyle & Fibroids)

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Fibroids of the uterus is a common health problem that is more prevalent in African American women. Dr. Ganesa Wegienka is an Investigator on the longitudinal study, SELF (The Study of Environment, Lifestyle & Fibroids), which will learn how fibroids develop, who tends to develop them, and how to help prevent health problems caused by fibroids.

With more than 1600 African American women participating in this study, it will specifically evaluate how environmental toxicants, vitamin D and reproductive tract infections related to development of fibroids. She is also an investigator on the national fibroid treatment registry, COMPARE-UF. The goal of this study is to examine the effectiveness of fibroid treatments. Wegienka’s research interests additionally branch into maternal and early life disease precursers as well as racial health disparities and clinical care. She is a founding member of the US DOHaD Society.

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