Alongside dissecting the science behind all our lotions and potions, The Geeks like to take a step back and look at the life-changing work from scientists around the world. We take a particularly keen interest in the roles of women at the leading edge of science, and are always up for publicizing their pioneering work! Today we’re focusing on Dr Janine Clayton.

Us Geeks really have to applaud Dr. Clayton for her work! She completed her undergraduate degree at John Hopkins University and went on to study medicine, where she then is a trained ophthalmologist (eye doctor). She specialized in autoimmune diseases of the eye, where the body’s immune system goes awry and attacks parts of the eye, and developed a particular interest in how gender differences can affect these diseases. This woman in science has received a big promotion to the ‘Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health’ at the National Institutes of Health, which has put her at the forefront of Science news. This means Dr. Clayton will really be at the leading edge of research!

One of Dr. Clayton’s most prevalent achievements is the discovery of a new kind of eye disease associated with ‘premature ovarian insufficiency’ – a condition which can affect young women. The disease affects 1 in every 1000 teens and young women; in these patients, the ovaries do not produce the correct amounts of the hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. This means the ovaries may not release eggs every month. Research conducted in this field has the potential to benefit many young women, and Dr Calyton has now published over 80 scientific journals, publications and book chapters! That’s a hefty amount for any scientist!

In addition to this, Dr. Clayton is heavily involved in the National Eye Institute (NEI) as she is an attending physician and clinical investigator in cornea and uveitis since 1996. Is there anything this Wonder Woman can’t do?!

She has also been recognised by her peers as she received the Senior Achievement Award in from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2008 and us Geeks can’s wait to see the progress in the research of Women’s health under Dr. Clayton’s lead!

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