Dr. Stacey Missmer is making significant contributions to unravelling the causes and consequences of endometriosis – a disease affecting ~10% of reproductive age women with signs and symptoms that can include debilitating chronic pain or infertility.
Dr. Missmer was an invited expert panelist for the Congressional Briefing on Endometriosis and Women’s Health on June 20, 2018 in Washington DC, sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). She joined leaders in endometriosis discovery from across the globe to summarize epidemiologic, genetic, cellular and molecular knowledge – in what is now the contemporary review source, published in July in Nature Reviews (PMID: 30026507). Also recently, Dr. Missmer’s team published in Human Reproduction (PMID: 30016439) a study among more than 60,000 women that was covered by national news (https://wnyt.com/health/study-higher-endometriosis-risk-physical-and-sexual-abuse-victims/4992441/), which found that abuse and stress during childhood and adolescence is associated with greater risk of endometriosis. Lastly, this summer Drs. Missmer and Fazleabas received a $3M grant from AbbVie, Inc. to study the symptom prevalence and journeys to endometriosis diagnosis among the richly diverse women across the state of Michigan.