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Women’s metabolic health

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Theme lead

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam

Women's Metabolic Health Theme Lead

A life course approach to improve the metabolic health of women across all generations and backgrounds.

We are working on understanding how girls and women stay healthy because their health affects not just them, but also their children in the future. We know that things like being overweight, where you are from and where you live can change how healthy someone is. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about why this happens.

We are looking at different health issues that mainly girls and women face, like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Intracranial Hypertension, Gestational Diabetes, and Mild Autonomous Cortisol Secretion (MACS). We work with doctors, scientists, experts in women’s health and members of the public who have an interest in the health of girls and women. We work together to better understand these problems.

We want to be able to tell early on if someone might have these health issues and treat them better or stop them from happening. When girls and women go to the doctor, we want to make sure that they are listened to and understood, and that they have the right information to feel confident in choosing treatments. By doing this, we can provide better care and make sure that all girls and women get the help they need to stay healthy now and in the future.

Research projects

The Duchess phenome study

Overproduction of male hormones, androgen excess, is common in children before they enter…

New therapeutic intervention for persons with adrenal…

This experimental medicine study focuses on a novel therapeutic intervention for persons with…

Sleep and mental health during pregnancy

In this study, we explore sleep patterns in mothers during pregnancy and also…