“Cross-cultural perspectives on reproductive characteristics: findings from the InterLACE collaboration”

Timing and occurrences of reproductive events are critical for women’s health as they have been shown to be associated with adverse health outcomes. Examining heterogeneity in reproductive characteristics across population groups from different regions/countries may provide further insight on the relationships between reproductive characteristics and adverse health outcomes.

The International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease, or InterLACE, aims to advance the evidence base for women’s health policy by developing a collaborative research programme that takes a comprehensive life course perspective of women’s reproductive health in relation to disease risk. Established in June 2012 with data harmonisation completed in late 2014, InterLACE draws on individual level data for reproductive health and chronic disease among almost 220,000 women from twenty studies of women’s health in ten countries.

In this talk, we discuss results regarding the patterns of variation in the timing of women’s reproductive markers from menarche to menopause, their relationships, and the within and between population differences.

Gita Mishra, PhD CStat CSCi is Professor of Life Course Epidemiology and Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland. She is also the Director of the Australian Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH). Professor Mishra has addressed numerous methodological challenges in analyzing data across the life course from the issues of measurement errors and missing data, to the techniques of modelling trajectories. She has also instigated and collaborated on numerous research projects on women’s health. Her longstanding interests include: statistical methodology for longitudinal studies, constructing measures of dietary patterns, life course approach to health, and women’s health. Professor Mishra has provided extensive input into teaching at CHESS and collaborated on several research projects in Sweden over the last five years.

The seminar will take place in room No 549 (CHESS Library) at CHESS, 5th floor, Sveavägen 160 (Sveaplan), on Wednesday 28 January at 1.30 pm.