Date: 2012-03-14
Time: 13.30
Place: CHESS library, Sveaplan, 5th floor

For women reproductive health, from menarche to menopause, is important for their overall health. Epidemiological evidence over the last decade has suggested that aspects of reproductive health also act as sentinels for chronic disease in later life; for example, women with earlier age of menopause have higher risk of CVD events. It is increasingly recognised that research needs to move beyond simple associations between reproductive events and subsequent illness, to provide insights into causal pathways for chronic disease and findings that translate into a robust evidence base to support the development of health policy. InterLACE, recently funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, provides a unique opportunity to conduct cross-cultural and cross-cohort research with at least nine existing longitudinal studies. Findings from InterLACE will provide a more detailed understanding of lifelong reproductive health in terms of its relationship to subsequent CVD and T2DM. Specifically, the project aims to provide: insights on possible causal pathways through reproductive years for chronic disease risk and a better understanding of the separate effects on chronic disease risk due to cultural, lifestyle, social, and policy differences across population groups.

Gita Mishra is Professor of Life Course Epidemiology and a Co-Director of Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Research, School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Australia. Gita has been collaborating with Prof Ilona Koupil and the UBCoS study team and visiting CHESS regularly since 2010. She also contributes to teaching the “Life course approach to health equity studies” course at CHESS.