Ganmaa Davaasambuu is a physician, scientist, and research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include nutrition, bioactive substances in food, and reproductive health disorders, including hormone-dependent cancers. Most recently, she and faculty members at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School completed Bostonian and Mongolian milk trials to examine the effects of milk consumption on hormones, growth, and development in prepubertal children. Her team is now preparing for a larger longitudinal study in collaboration with the Health Sciences University in Mongolia. Because her pilot study in Mongolia confirmed a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Mongolian school-age children, Ganmaa will also prepare a proposal to develop an efficient vitamin D supplementation program in that country.
At Radcliffe, Ganmaa will complete her prospective study on endometrial cancer and milk and dairy products with twenty-two years’ worth of follow-up data from the Nurses’ Health Study. She will examine a new way of thinking about bioactive substances in dairy products, such as estrogens and progesterone, on the development of endometrial cancer, a typical model of hormone-related carcinogenesis. This study will have implications for understanding the risk of breast cancer.