IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Janet Catov, University of Pittsburgh, USA


Cardiometabolic and reproductive profiles from menarche to menopause: synergistic pathways to cardiovascular disease in women?

24 April - 5 May 2017 

Janet Catov is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh with extensive training and experience in designing and conducting epidemiologic studies of large, populationbased and clinical cohorts to understand determinants and consequences of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Her research is in the forefront of identifying common predisposing factors to adverse 2 pregnancy outcomes and later-life maternal cardiovascular disease (CVD). Over the past decade they have collected evidence to suggest that this relationship has roots in vascular disease, lipid metabolism, and inflammation, with a particular focus on the effects of obesity in pregnancy. Dr Catov oversees the Magee Obstetric Medical and Infant Database (MOMI), which is a perinatal registry of maternal, fetal, and infant variables assembled from over 175,000 births at Magee- Womens Hospital. Her current funding is focused on incorporating placental features into studies of pregnancy and later life maternal sequelae where we hypothesize that vascular injury in the placenta will identify maternal microvascular impairments in the in the decade after delivery including blood pressure variability, disruption of the glycocalyx and impaired coronary flow reserve.

During her stay in Bristol, Dr Catov will be hosted by Dr Abigail Fraser  (Social and Community Medicine)