This application represents the competitive renewal of UNC's BIRCWH Award. This program seeks to identify, train, and mentor exceptional junior faculty members with the potential to conduct innovative women's health research. The goals of our BIRWCH Program are to: 1) facilitate the mentored career development of junior investigators pursing research of women's health or sex/gender factors;2) promote interdisciplinary team science that will enhance all types of women's health research;and 3) facilitate the translation of these research findings to improve community health. All Scholars participate in selected didactic programs including: the BIRCWH/KL2 Seminar;the BIRCWH Women's Health Seminar;and training in the responsible conduct of research. Other components of the curriculum are tailored to the background and training of the individual Scholar, each of whom also takes part in our Women's Health Research Day and the national BIRCWH Meeting. Finally, each Scholar has an intensive research experience with mentors drawn from multiple disciplines. In our application, we have focused on 8 research themes: 1) Cancers Affecting Women;2) Nutrition, Obesity, and Eating Disorders;3) Bone and joint Health;4) Cardiovascular Disease/Vascular Biology;5) HIV/Sexually transmitted Diseases;6) Alcohol and Substance Abuse;7) Mental Health;and 8) Pain. These themes were selected because they are all highly relevant to women's health, well-suited to interdisciplinary collaboration, and major strengths and areas of research emphasis at UNC. In addition, each has theme has numerous, nationally-recognized mentors who are willing and available to work with our BIRCWH Scholars. During our first 2 cycles of funding, the UNC BIRCWH Program has proven to be remarkably successful. Thus far, we have chosen and supported a total of 27 junior faculty members who exhibit broad diversity in terms of discipline, academic home, gender, ethnicity, and type of research. Finally, it is of note that each of the 20 graduates of our BIRCWH Program is the Principal Investigator on at least one NIH grant, grants that alone total over $33 million. Thus, the UNC BIRCWH Program has added a great deal to the UNC women's health research community, and we are convinced that it will continue to do so for many years to come.

Public Health Relevance

The goal of the UNC-CH BIRCWH Program is to create a training program that will prepare promising junior investigators to conduct innovative research in women's health. Through their mentored, interdisciplinary training, these Scholars will be ideally positioned to make important new observations and then translate them into advancements that will improve the health of women throughout the community.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Type
Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA) (K12)
Project #
5K12HD001441-14
Application #
8512746
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-PSE-H (50))
Program Officer
Davis Nagel, Joan
Project Start
2000-09-22
Project End
2015-06-30
Budget Start
2013-07-01
Budget End
2014-06-30
Support Year
14
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$400,000
Indirect Cost
$37,037
Name
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Department
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
608195277
City
Chapel Hill
State
NC
Country
United States
Zip Code
27599
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