Center For Uterine Fibroids

Brigham and Women's Hospital · 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur · 160, New Research Building · Boston, MA 02115
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Louise Greenberg

Louise Greenberg is the Patient Coordinator for the Center for Uterine Fibroids at Brigham and Women's Hospital working on the MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery program for the treatment of uterine fibroids. She is also the Project Coordinator for research studies at Brigham and Women's Hospital including research involving MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for bone metastasis and studies involving stem cell and genetic research. Ms. Greenberg graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. degree in Psychology and received an M.Ed. from Boston University. She is a Board Member of the Fibroid Foundation. Ms. Greenberg is interested in continuing her work in the health care field.

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Karen Huyck

Dr. Karen Huyck, formerly Karen Gross, Center Coordinator, is now a consultant for the Center for Uterine Fibroids. As part of her thesis work, funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Biological Science, Dr. Huyck spearheaded the "Finding Genes for Fibroids" study, a nationally recognized clinical research study investigating genetic causes of uterine fibroids and involving over 1500 participants worldwide. In addition to her work on the heritability of uterine fibroid tumors, Dr. Huyck is currently practicing Occupational and Environmental Medicine and working as a Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her interests include gene-environment interaction, women's health education, policy, and advocacy, and clinical molecular diagnostics. She is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She also is actively involved in mentoring women who seek careers in medicine or biomedical science.

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Matt Huyck

Matt Huyck, Technical Advisor, has kept the Center for Uterine Fibroids in the 21st century since 2002. Mr. Huyck graduated from Cornell University in 1995 with a B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics. He is proficient in a diverse range of programming and scripting languages, operating systems, software packages and development tools and has over ten years of software development experience as a Developer, Team Leader, and Project Manager. In addition to his consulting work at the center, he is studying how to use gene networks to better understand human disease as a part of the Boston University Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics and the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. His other interests include visualization and information design, human-computer interaction, photography, and backpacking. His full resume can be found at:

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Purnima Kambli

Purnima Kambli is responsible for the design of this website with the help of Karen Huyck (when she was Center Coordinator). She has a Bachelor in Digital Electronics from the Bombay University. Besides being a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) her strong experience of seven years in the computer software and development field has enhanced her knowledge in networking and other fields of computers also.

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Raghava Shree Kavalla

Dr. Kavalla manages two major studies on uterine fibroids at the Center for Uterine Fibroids: Finding Genes for Uterine Fibroids and the Gene Sequence Variants in Fibroid Biology. Dr. Kavalla received her medical degree in India from Kakatiya Medical College; Andhra Pradesh in 2006. She received her Masters in Public Health in 2008 from Brown University, Rhode Island, where she studied prenatal HIV testing patterns in United States. Her interests include women's health and maternal and child health. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical medicine and public health research.

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Cynthia Morton

Dr. Cynthia C. Morton, Research Director of the Center for Uterine Fibroids, is the William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Pathology at Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from The Medical College of Virginia in 1982. She is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Ph.D. Medical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics. She has received numerous awards including the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award of the American Society of Investigative Pathology. She also serves on various scientific/medical committees, including the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics, the Council of Scientific Trustees of the Deafness Research Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Reproductive Scientist Training Program. She has published over 180 original scientific articles, and makes frequent presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Morton is currently funded by the NIDCD, NCI and NIGMS of the National Institutes of Health. Her major research interests are molecular and cytogenetics studies of uterine leiomyomata, hereditary hearing loss and cytogenetic approaches to gene discovery for developmental disorders.

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Romana Nowak

Dr. Romana Nowak, Research Director of the Center for Uterine Fibroids, served as Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 1990 to 2000. She is now an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Obstretrics/Gynecology at the University of Illinois. Dr. Nowak received her Ph.D. in Reproductive Biology from the University of Illinois in 1985. She has received numerous scientific recognitions and awards and is currently the Associate Editor for Molecular Human Reproduction. Dr. Nowak also serves on various scientific/medical committees, including the Animal Care and Use Committee for the Society for the Study of Reproduction. She is also Chair of the Lalor Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship selection committee and a Reviewer for the USDA Panel for Reproductive Efficiency. She has published over 55 original scientific articles, has presented at more than 27 meetings, and has given over 26 invited addresses. Dr. Nowak is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, USDA, Cargill Corporation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and the University of Illinois.

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Bradley Quade

Dr. Bradley J. Quade, Clinical Director of the Center for Uterine Fibroids, is an Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Quade received his M.D. and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. He performed his residency in the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the West Roxbury VA Medical Center from 1990 to 1995. He also has served as a Clinical Fellow in Pathology at Harvard Medical School and a Fellow in Women's and Perinatal Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He holds licenses from the American Board of Medical Examiners, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the American Board of Pathology. In addition to his broad interests in gynecologic and perinatal pathology, Dr. Quade's major research interests are the pathologic diagnosis, molecular biology, and genetics of uterine smooth muscle tumors.

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Fabiola Quintero-Rivera

Dr. Fabiola Quintero-Rivera is currently a Clinical Cytogenetics Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. She received her M.D. from University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia in 2002. As a medical student, she received a scholarship, which allowed her to finish her medical schooling at Harvard Medical School. After completing her degree, she stayed on at Harvard as a co-Investigator in the Developmental Genome Anatomy Project, whose main goal is to identify genes disrupted in patients with congenital malformations and de novo apparently balanced translocations. Dr. Quintero's expertise is the cloning of breakpoint translocations, and she is also interested in the genetics of craniofacial syndromes. In 2004, she won a competitive MGH clinical research award for her work in the identification of gene (NFIA) important for the development of the corpus callosum.

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Lauren Wise

Dr. Lauren A. Wise graduated with a Sc.D. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center. Her main research interest is the epidemiology of uterine leiomyomata (fibroids) in African-American women. Dr. Wise is Co-investigator of the Black Women's Health Study, a nationwide prospective cohort study of over 59,000 black women from across the United States. She has published several original research articles on environmental risk factors for uterine fibroids, including reproductive and hormonal factors; anthropometric factors; alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use; geographic region; and perceptions of racial discrimination. Dr. Wise is currently investigating dietary risk factors for fibroids.

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