Women's Health Research at Yale Director Carolyn Mazure to Speak at 8th Annual Conference on Women's Health and the Environment

Carolyn Mazure, professor of psychiatry and director of Women’s Health Research at Yale is among leading mental health experts who will be available to the media today between 3 and 4 p.m. to address women’s mental health.

The press event takes place at the Hynes Convention Center-Room 300, 900 Boylston St., Boston Massachusetts. Mazure, a leading proponent of the need for research into gender-specific factors in the treatment of disease and health promotion, will speak on Friday, November 14, at a major conference on “Caring for Our Mental Health.” The conference is eighth in a series funded by the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation.

Other leading mental health experts and activists will also be available to discuss implications of existing and ongoing research on mental health prevention and treatment. They include Teresa Heinz, chair of the Heinz Family Philanthropies and a leading proponent of the need to increase understanding of the special health risks facing women from physical and cultural environments; Kay Redfield Jamison of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Marylou Sudders, President and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

The “Caring for Our Mental Health” conference will also take place at the Hynes Convention Center. The Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation sponsors the conference series to encourage the development of policies and practices that protect women’s health.

Ending the stigma surrounding mental illness remains one of the last challenges of contemporary health care. Women are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders, and researchers are just beginning to study the environmental, biological and psychological factors that contribute to these illnesses.

For more information about the conference, please contact Chris Black, Heinz Family Philanthropies, 202-393-1244 or Carol Matyka, Regina Villa Associates, 617-357-5772, ext. 17.

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