The broad objective of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) is to develop and increase the pool of highly-qualified young scientists and clinician-investigators pursuing independent interdisciplinary scientific careers in women's health. The BIRCWH grant at UCDHSC focuses on three interrelated areas affecting women's health across the life span from preconception to aging! These areas are: (1) Pregnancy, fetal programming, and lactation, (2) Aging, cardiovascular (CV) disease, diabetes and obesity and (3) Women's cancers. These are fields in which the UCDHSC has strong interdisciplinary research programs, extending from molecular research into the basic mechanisms of disease through clinical studies to epidemiological analyses of etiology and outcomes. The key elements of our program are commitments to (a) recruitment of BIRCWH Scholars with diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds (b) strong mentoring by experienced mentors with whom young investigators will be paired;(c) creation of broad, collaborative, interdisciplinary research partnerships that will provide appropriate individual advisory committees for BIRCWH Scholars;(d) development and utilization of a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of nationally and internationally distinguished scientists;(e) addition of a new shared Resource Laboratory to provide cores in areas not currently available to BIRCWH Scholars;(f) access to the rich base of research resources including coursework (both required and elective) as well as the substantial core facilities present at UCDHSC;and (g) extremely strong institutional support (both intellectual and financial) for the proposed program. The UCDHSC BIRCWH Program will play a leading role in the development of a successful cadre of strong, independent investigators whose goal through their research, is to improve the health of women.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA) (K12)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-HOP-B (50))
Program Officer
Davis Nagel, Joan
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Colorado Denver
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Schools of Medicine
United States
Zip Code
Patel, Sonali S; Truong, Uyen; King, Martina et al. (2017) Obese adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome have elevated cardiovascular disease risk markers. Vasc Med 22:85-95
Yao, Yuan; Johnson, Nicholas James; Perman, Sarah Muirhead et al. (2017) Myocardial dysfunction after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: predictors and prognostic implications. Intern Emerg Med :
Guise, Jeanne-Marie; Geller, Stacie; Regensteiner, Judith G et al. (2017) Team Mentoring for Interdisciplinary Team Science: Lessons From K12 Scholars and Directors. Acad Med 92:214-221
Bjornstad, Petter; Cree-Green, Melanie; Baumgartner, Amy et al. (2017) Leptin is associated with cardiopulmonary fitness independent of body-mass index and insulin sensitivity in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: a brief report from the EMERALD study. J Diabetes Complications 31:850-853
Rudolph, M C; Young, B E; Lemas, D J et al. (2017) Early infant adipose deposition is positively associated with the n-6 to n-3 fatty acid ratio in human milk independent of maternal BMI. Int J Obes (Lond) 41:510-517
Wolfson, Gabriel H; Vargas, Enrique; Browne, Vaughn A et al. (2017) Erythropoietin and Soluble Erythropoietin Receptor: A Role for Maternal Vascular Adaptation to High-Altitude Pregnancy. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 102:242-250
Grossestreuer, Anne V; Gaieski, David F; Abella, Benjamin S et al. (2017) Factors associated with post-arrest withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy. Resuscitation 110:114-119
Mays, Ryan J; Regensteiner, Judith G (2017) Understanding sex differences in health status: A frontier in the field of vascular medicine. Vasc Med 22:110-111
Demoruelle, M Kristen; Harrall, Kylie K; Ho, Linh et al. (2017) Anti-Citrullinated Protein Antibodies Are Associated With Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in the Sputum in Relatives of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Arthritis Rheumatol 69:1165-1175
Boyle, Kristen E; Patinkin, Zachary W; Shapiro, Allison L B et al. (2017) Maternal obesity alters fatty acid oxidation, AMPK activity, and associated DNA methylation in mesenchymal stem cells from human infants. Mol Metab 6:1503-1516

Showing the most recent 10 out of 99 publications