The Mini-Medical School Women in Medicine and Science Series
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix proudly organizes Mini-Medical School, a fascinating community lecture series open to the public. Celebrating Women in Medicine and Science is an initiative developed by the American Medical Association. The college is highlighting female scientists, physicians and faculty who mentor, advocate, network and offer training and development to female students and researchers.
Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus, dubbed the “common cold” of sexually transmitted infections because nearly every sexually active person catches it. Fortunately, the immune system vanquishes the majority of HPV infections, with only a small percentage progressing to precancer and, ultimately, cancer.
But why do some people clear the infection while others are unable to fight it?
Mini-Medical School attendees will learn how Dr. Herbst-Kralovetz leads a team that found as the vaginal environment loses acidity, cervical abnormalities become more severe. The team is the first to show a relationship between elevated pH and advanced cervical abnormalities.
Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz — an associate professor in the Departments of Basic Medical Sciences and Oncology — will share her research outcomes which explain women without cervical abnormalities are hosts to different communities of vaginal bacteria than women with cervical cancer and precancer, a discrepancy that reveals a relationship between “good” bacteria and cervical health, and “bad” bacteria and increased cancer risk.
Contact and Parking Information
For questions, please contact Sheila Maddox, 602-827-2007.