First Lady, Academy Award-winning actress visit UIC to discuss women’s health research initiative

As part of the recently launched White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, First Lady Jill Biden and Academy Award-winning actress and women’s health advocate Halle Berry visited the University of Illinois Chicago Jan. 11. 

Their visit, which aimed to highlight the importance of advancing research on women’s health, featured the work of Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry, psychology and obstetrics and gynecology. Maki, who is renowned for her contributions to the field of menopause and cognition, and UIC PhD students Alexandra Paget Blanc and Rachel Schroeder took part in a roundtable discussion with the First Lady, Berry, U.S. Reps. Lauren Underwood and Robin Kelly and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. 

Maki and her research team also led a tour, where they demonstrated how they research menopause and cognition and explained the importance of their findings.