S3 E3: A Conversation about Women's Health with a Patient-Researcher, with Elle Murata
Elle Murata is a neuroscience Ph.D. student specializing in the impact of sex hormones on the brain. When she noticed something was off with her own menstrual cycle, she found herself having to advocate for her own health to receive proper care. In this conversation, Elle shares her journey to find answers about her own health, and insights from her lab about the effects of sex hormones on our brain's functions.
***Correction: Elle misspoke when referring to PMDD as premenstrual dysmorphic disorder, the correct full name is premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Research from the Jacobs Lab
Pritschet L., Taylor C., Santander T., Jacobs E.G. (2021) Applying dense-sampling methods to reveal dynamic endocrine modulation of the nervous system. Current Opinions in Behavioral Science. Special Issue on Deep Imaging
Taylor C., Pritschet L., Olsen R., Layher E., Santander T., Grafton S.T., Jacobs E.G. (2020) Progesterone shapes medial temporal lobe volume across the human menstrual cycle. NeuroImage.
Mueller J., Pritschet L., Santander T., Taylor C., Grafton S.T. Jacobs E.G., Carlson J.M. (2021) Dynamic community detection reveals transient reorganization of functional brain network subcommunities across a female menstrual cycle. Network Neuroscience
Jacobs E.G., Weiss B., Makris N., Whitfield-Gabrieli S., Buka S., Klibanski A., Goldstein J.M. (2016) Impact of sex and menopausal status on episodic memory circuitry in early midlife. The Journal of Neuroscience. 36(39):10163-10173
Other research discussed
Skovlund, C. W., Mørch, L. S., Kessing, L. V., & Lidegaard, Ø. (2016). Association of hormonal contraception with depression. JAMA psychiatry, 73(11), 1154-1162.
Woolley, C. S., & McEwen, B. S. (1993). Roles of estradiol and progesterone in regulation of hippocampal dendritic spine density during the estrous cycle in the rat. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 336(2), 293-306.
Taxier, L. R., Gross, K. S., & Frick, K. M. (2020). Oestradiol as a neuromodulator of learning and memory. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 21(10), 535-550.
What is PMDD? by IAMPD