An IU School of Medicine faculty physician and a post-graduate researcher were recently recognized as 2017 Women of INfluence by the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.
Tara Benjamin, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at IU School of Medicine, was awarded the 2017 Women of INfluence Trailblazer Award in the area of substance abuse treatment of pregnant women. An advocate for the ongoing narcotics epidemic, Dr. Benjamin guides and mentors student and fellow practicing physicians on the care and treatment of expectant mothers suffering from opioid addiction. Dr. Benjamin also serves as director of the maternal recovery program at Riley Hospital for Children, and is the only maternal-fetal-medicine physician in the state of Indiana permitted to prescribe Subutex which is used to treat pain and addiction.
Also recognized was Baindu Bayon, PhD, a post-graduate researcher at the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute, who was awarded the 2017 Women of INfluence Advocate Trailblazer Award. An IU Bloomington and IU School of Medicine alumna, Dr. Bayon’s work is focused on the regulation of BACE1, an enzyme that contributes to the pathology of Alzheimer’s diseases (AD). Her goal is to serve as a liaison between AD research and the administration of therapies to patients by the management of clinical trials.
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