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Karen Elkind-Hirsch, PhD
Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic, Woman’s Hospital

Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD is Scientific Director of Research, Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic and Woman’s Health Research Department, Woman’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor Division of Human Nutrition and Food, Louisiana State University at the Pennington Biomedical Research Institute of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch, who has been actively involved in basic science and clinical research for 30 years, was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and as the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative for 5 years.

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University where she was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow. She then was awarded a 3 year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Journal of Drugs in Endocrinology. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 100 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance and gestational diabetes. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 50 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving medical and lifestyle treatment of PCOS and screening and prevention of gestational diabetes.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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