Nancy King Reame, MSN, PhD, FAAN, NCMP is a menopause researcher, nurse, reproductive physiologist, early contributor to the iconic Our Bodies, Ourselves, author & co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed medical publications, recipient of numerous medical honors & awards, and an osteoporosis patient. Nancy has a broad background in women’s health research, with specific training and expertise in reproductive neuroendocrinology, hormone interventions and biobehavioral correlates of female reproductive health. As the Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Columbia University (New York), Nancy brings demonstrated expertise in the conduct of women’s biobehavioral symptom research and a track record of strong commitment to junior investigators, underserved populations, and working with consumer activists to improve science and health policy.
First at the University of Michigan and then at Columbia University, she has more than 25 years of federally-funded and industry-sponsored research experience including service as the principal investigator (PI), the person in charge of a clinical trial or a scientific research grant, of one of the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) U54 Centers (NICHD-Infertility) and a decade-long membership on the NIH Director’s Advisory Task Force for the Women’s Health Initiative, the largest and longest NIH clinical trial conducted with a focus on minority women’s health. Nancy was also a founding co-investigator of the Michigan site for the iconic multi-ethnic SWAN Study, (Study of Women Across the Nation) that has followed women across the menopause transition for nearly 20 years.
During her first 10 years at Columbia University, she was part of the founding leadership team for the NIH-supported Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research in the Medical Center from 2006-2016, co-directing the Pilot Studies Resource.
As the Mary Dickey Lindsay Founding Professor in the School of Nursing, she worked extensively (both before and after retirement) with students, postdocs and faculty on research involving biobehavioral studies of underserved, minority women. These included projects involving the utility of biomarkers in mental health studies of an NYC urban Latino community, as well as the effects of menopause on symptom management in HIV patients. She has also conducted clinical trials on hormone therapies for low sexual libido in postmenopausal women.
Now as an emerita faculty, Nancy continues to participate at the national level in initiatives such as the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards, the NASEM Committee on Bioidentical Hormones, as an editorial board member or associate editor for prominent women’s health journals (Menopause, Nutrition, Frontiers in Reproductive Health), and a menstrual health/menopause consultant for NIH grants and the femtech industry.
Nancy received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Michigan State University, her Master of Science in nursing with a focus on maternal-child nursing and her PhD in physiology from Wayne State University – School of Medicine (Detroit, MI) and postdoctoral training in reproductive endocrinology from University of Michigan – School of Medicine. Nancy also has a visiting scholar advanced certificate in women’s studies from Stanford University.
Nancy is a NAMS certified menopause practitioner, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and American Academy of Nursing (AAN).