press release
Published: 18 October 2023

School of Psychology PhD students undertaking groundbreaking research to support women undergoing menopause.

 Today (18 October) marks World Menopause Day. By 2030, it is projected that there will be over 1 billion menopausal or postmenopausal women worldwide. 

Menopause is a natural part of the ageing process in women and marks the end of their reproductive years. However, the decline in oestrogen levels during menopause can result in various physiological symptoms that negatively impact women's wellbeing and quality of life. Many of these symptoms, such as increased body temperature, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties, originate in the brain. 

Daniella Jones, working with Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh and Dr Ines Violante, and Emily Kontaris, working with Professor Victoria Tischler and also working with Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh, are undertaking novel doctoral research that will enhance the understanding of the experience of menopause, and to improve the health and wellbeing of women undergoing this transition.

Daniella's research employs a combination of neuroimaging techniques to provide a comprehensive understanding of how Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) influences the postmenopausal brain. By examining the intricate relationship between oestrogen levels and brain structure, function, and chemistry, the study aims to gain deeper insights into the potential role of HRT in preserving brain health as women age.

Emily's study investigates the role of odour and smell in helping to improve menopausal symptoms in women at different stages of the menopause transition, enabling companies to create products that women can use to help manage some of their menopausal symptoms and improve their wellbeing as they go through this transition.


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