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IMSR Public Seminar: Progestins in women's health: Friend or Foe?

Tuesday 9 February 2021 (13:00-14:00)

James Durrant

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Donita Africander

About the talk

Donita's talk will be on progestins, which are synthetic compounds designed to mimic the action of natural progesterone. These compounds are commonly used in hormonal contraception and menopausal hormone therapy. She will discuss our current knowledge on progestin actions at the cellular level.

About the speaker

Donita Africander is an Associate Professor in Biochemistry at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her research interests are primarily focused on the actions of progestins used in contraception and menopausal hormone therapy, particularly their actions via steroid receptors. Since completion of her PhD in 2010, she has been principle investigator on a number of research projects involving progestins in model systems for immunity and breast cancer. Recently, she received a NIH grant as a co-investigator with Professor Janet Hapgood to investigate the effects of progestins on steroid biosynthesis in different model systems.

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