Obstetrics and Gynecology presenting annual Eleanor Delfs Lectureship on May 8
April 18, 2013 College News - The annual Eleanor Delfs, MD Lectureship for Pioneers will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the MCW Health Research Center Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and will feature Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Cottler will give a presentation titled, Community Engaged Research: The New Frontier.
Dr. Cottler’s work involves the development of culturally reliable and valid measures for identifying substance use, abuse and dependence, psychiatric disorders and their risk factors; innovative methods for conducting national surveys of high risk behaviors; and community based peer-delivered interventions to change HIV risk behaviors and substance abuse.
The Cottler lab has focused its work with underrepresented populations including prescription drug misusers, former National Football League players, out-of-treatment drug users and heavy drinkers, prescription drug misusers, female sex workers, and criminal justice populations.
Dr. Cottler developed the HealthStreet Model, a hub for community outreach which links community residents to social and medical referrals, health messages, and research opportunities. Her works extends internationally to Sydney, Taipei, Bangalore and Afghanistan. Dr Cottler’s research has been funded since 1989 by NIDA, NIAAA, NCRR, NINR, NIMH, NHLBI, Pinney Associates and ESPN.
This annual lecture has been established to permanently identify the contributions of Dr. Eleanor Delfs, who joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1963 and was the first woman to become a full professor. She was also the first Patrick J. and Margaret G. McMahon Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Delfs was a pioneer in the study of hCG, one of the first to establish the role of chorionic gonadotropin hormone in the assessment and management of hydatidiform mole and choriocarcinoma. Dr. Eleanor Delfs died of ovarian cancer in 1977.
Additional information on the lecture can be found on the Eleanor Delfs, MD Lectureship for Pioneers flyer (PDF)