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Pauline M. Maki, PHD is professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 912 S. Wood Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612

OBJECTIVE: As a member of the International Menopause Society (IMS) Board and Treasurer, I aim to serve the Society’s goals and work with my colleagues to advance knowledge and research about menopause and aging in women.

Education and Training

  • B.A. Psychology and French (1987), Magna Cum Laude, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, Saint Joseph, MN
  • Ph.D. Experimental Psychology (1994), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Postdoctoral Dementias of Aging (1994-1996), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Postdoctoral Neuroimaging (1997-2000), National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, MD

Appointments and Positions

  • 1/2010–present     Director, Women’s Mental Health Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 7/2011–present     Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • 11/2011–present   Senior Director of Research, UIC Center for Research on Women & Gender, Chicago, IL

Select honors and Awards

  • 2023      Society for Women’s Health Research Health Education Visionary Award
  • 2018      American Medical Women’s Association Woman in Science Award
  • 2017      North American Menopause Society /Thomas Clarkson Outstanding Clinical & Basic Science Research Award
  • 2009-2010 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women

Leadership Positions in Scientific Societies

North American Menopause Society

  • President (2014-15)
  • Board of Trustees (2009-2016)
  • Treasurer (2012)
  • Secretary (2011)
  • Chair of Scientific Program Planning Committee (2015-16)

Society for Women’s Health Research

  • Interdisciplinary Network on Alzheimer’s Disease, elected chair (2016-present)

International Menopause Society

  • Treasurer (2022-present)
  • Chair of the Scientific Programme Planning Committee for the 18th World Congress on Menopause in 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal (2020-2022)
  • Board of Trustees (2018-present)
  • Scientific Committee for the 17th World Congress On Menopause in 2020 in Melbourne, Australia (2018-2020)
  • Ethics Committee (2018-present)
  • Governance Committee (2023–present)

Select Position Papers and Conferences Related to Menopause

International Menopause Society

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy in Climacteric and Aging Brain (2003)
  • HRT in the Early Menopause: Scientific Evidence and Common Perceptions (2008)
  • Recommendations on Women’s Midlife Health and Menopause Hormone Therapy (2016)
  • IMS White Paper for World Menopause Day 2022: Brain fog in menopause: a health-care professional’s guide for decision-making and counselling on cognition with Dr. Nicole Jaff (2022)

National Institutes of Health

  • Chair, NIH-Funded Symposium on Cognition and Mood in the Perimenopause: State of the Science (2009)
  • Steering Committee, Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop + 10 (STRAW=10) (2010)
  • Chair, NIA-FundedWorkshop on Thermoregulation and Vasomotor Symptoms (2015)

North American Menopause Society

  • Hormone Therapy Position Statement (2011, 2015, 2022)
  • Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Perimenopausal Depression (2019)
  • Nonhormonal Management of Menopause-Associated Vasomotor Symptoms (2015)

Select Research Funding

  • 2021-2026 Effects of Menopause Transition on Brain Structure, Function, and Cognition (NIA, PO1), Multi-PIs: Maki, Bookheimer
  • 2020-2025 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (NICHD/ORWH, K12) Multi-PIs: Maki, Buhimschi
  • 2016-2026 Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms and Brain Aging in Women, National Institutes of Health (NIA, RF1), Multi-PIs: Thurston, Maki
  • 2016-2023 Stellate Ganglion Blockade for the Management of Vasomotor Symptoms, National Institutes of Health (NIA, R01), Co-Investigator
  • 2009-2015 Effects of Estradiol and Phytoestrogens on Stress Responsivity, National Institutes of Health (NIMH, R01), Principal Investigator
  • 2004-2009 Botanical Menopausal Therapies Mechanisms of CNS Action, National Institutes of Health (NCCAM, K01), Principal Investigator
  • 2004-2006 Effects of Botanicals on Cognition in Midlife Women, National Institutes of Health (NCCAM, R21), Principal Investigator

Select Publications (from over 200)

  • Maki PM, Resnick SM. Longitudinal effects of estrogen replacement therapy on PET cerebral blood flow and cognition. Neurobiology of Aging. 2000 Mar 1;21(2):373-83.
  • Maki PM, Zonderman AB, Resnick SM. Enhanced verbal memory in nondemented elderly women receiving hormone replacement therapy. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2001 Feb 1;158(2):227-33.
  • Maki PM, Drogos LL, Rubin LH, Banuvar S, Shulman LP, Geller SE. Objective hot flashes are negatively related to verbal memory performance in midlife women. Menopause. 2008 Sep;15(5):848.
  • Maki PM, Rubin LH, Fornelli D, Drogos L, Banuvar S, Shulman LP, Geller SE. Effects of botanicals and combined hormone therapy on cognition in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2009 Nov;16(6):1167.
  • Maki PM, Dennerstein L, Clark M, Guthrie J, LaMontagne P, Fornelli D, Little D, Henderson VW, Resnick SM. Perimenopausal use of hormone therapy is associated with enhanced memory and hippocampal function later in life. Brain Research. 2011 Mar 16;1379:232-43.
  • Maki PM, Henderson VW. Hormone therapy, dementia, and cognition: the Women’s Health Initiative 10 years on. Climacteric. 2012 Jun;15(3):256-62.
  • Harlow SD, Gass M, Hall JE, Lobo R, Maki P, Rebar RW, Sherman S, Sluss PM, De Villiers TJ, STRAW+ 10 Collaborative Group. Executive summary of the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop+ 10: addressing the unfinished agenda of staging reproductive aging. Climacteric. 2012 Apr;15(2):105-14.
  • Maki PM. The critical window hypothesis of hormone therapy and cognition: a scientific update on clinical studies. Menopause. 2013 Jun;20(6):695.
  • Maki PM, Rubin LH, Savarese A, Drogos L, Shulman LP, Banuvar S, Walega DR. Stellate ganglion blockade and verbal memory in midlife women: evidence from a randomized trial. Maturitas. 2016 Oct 1;92:123-9.
  • Greendale GA, Karlamangla AS, Maki PM. The menopause transition and cognition. JAMA. 2020 Apr 21;323(15):1495-6.
  • Maki PM, Wu M, Rubin LH, Fornelli D, Drogos LL, Geller S, Shulman LP, Banuvar S, Little DM, Conant RJ. Hot flashes are associated with altered brain function during a memory task. Menopause. 2020 Mar 1;27(3):269-77.
  • Maki PM, Springer G, Anastos K, Gustafson DR, Weber K, Vance D, Dykxhoorn D, Milam J, Adimora AA, Kassaye SG, Waldrop D. Cognitive changes during the menopausal transition: a longitudinal study in women with and without HIV. Menopause. 2021 Jan 11.

Select Invited Oral Presentations From Past 10 Years

  • International Menopause Society Annual Meeting (2014, 2016, 2018, 2022)
  • North American Menopause Society (2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2022)
  • South African Menopause Society (2013, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022)
  • European Congress on Menopause and Andropause (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023)
  • British Menopause Society (2016, 2023)
  • Nordic Federation on Obstetrics and Gynecology (2016)
  • International Society for Gynecologic Endocrinology (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2023)
  • Australasian Menopause Society (2019, 2022)
  • SIGMA, the Canadian Menopause Society (2015)
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