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Abby Fraser, Current Affairs

Women’s health in research

Abby Fraser, PhD Candidate using interdisciplinary approaches to study variation in menopause experience, explains how we need to challenge our current research practices and paradigms if we want to do meaningful research into women’s health.

Abigail Fraser is a PhD student in Public Health at the University of Glasgow studying variation in menopause experience, and how ecological and cultural factors shape diversity in menopause experience. Abby has a background in medical anthropology, and studies women’s health from an evolutionary perspective.

You can get in touch with Abby via twitter @evomedabby or email 2117086f@student.gla.ac.uk

Abby recently published a review article on “The Evolutionary Ecology of Age at Natural Menopause: Implications for Public Health” which you can read here.


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