What Does a Hot Flash Tell Us?
So a small cheer went up when we heard about Sohila Zadran, PhD, and her start-up, Igantia Therapeutics. Sohila is putting her advanced molecular biology degrees (Berkeley, USC, NIH fellow) where her life is, and studying aging in women. To her astonishment, she found there is not much research out there about women and what they go through. (We’re no longer astonished—just annoyed; but at least now scientists, with more women in their ranks, are looking at this discrepancy. See this article about a recent study about how it hurts us.)
Sohila is literally taking up her mom’s dare to fully understand menopause and what hot flashes really tell us. Her 21st-century solution: Create an app to gather real-time information about what happens to our bodies and our brains when a hot flash hits. Her “Digital Health Initiative,” which has earned funding from the health business incubator The Fogarty Institute for Innovation in Mountain View, CA, is in the works. She is also conducting more broad-based research on brain function, infertility, and more.
What we love the most, aside from her #IamFury initiative (Igantia means fury in Latin), is that she shares with Konenkii the notion that women should not feel alone when they come up against these major life challenges. We should not be ravaged by brain-changing hormones or inconvenient, even debilitating hot flashes without knowing at least a bit about what is happening to us. Igantia’s logo, a lick of fire that resonates with the uncomfortable heat we all have felt, also stands for a spark of the imagination. And we find hope in the fact that she is a younger woman changing the world for us all. We need more of those, and we’ll share all that we find…
Our journey to ease, educate, and, empower continues…come along for the ride.
Read more about the Sohila’s Igantia app, her business acumen, and how she’s challenging Silicon Valley to put their money in places that matter.