This proposal for a competitive renewal of the Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) is to support the continued efforts of Abbey Berenson, MD, in conducting high quality research and mentoring the next generation of patient-oriented researchers in women's health. During the first cycle of K24 funding, Dr. Berenson exceeded her original goals. She increased the number of mentees under her supervision from 2 to 8, and she submitted 29 articles, almost all in conjunction with mentees. Furthermore, she obtained local funding to establish an interdisciplinary research center in women's health at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), created a postdoctoral fellowship to train non-physicians to conduct patient-oriented research in women's health, and obtained K12 funding to support 4 additional research faculty in women's health. She also established a seed grant program and an annual poster session for junior investigators in women's health, as well as a weekly seminar series in collaboration with UTMB's K30 Program. Renewed funding of this K24 award is critical for these programs to continue under her direction. During the next 5 years of funding, Dr. Berenson will expand her efforts to mentor young investigators in women's health by increasing the number of researchers in her division, in the postdoctoral program, and across the campus. She will conduct a major interventional study in contraception and conduct analyses on a recently completed clinical trial in conjunction with mentees. She will also obtain a national insurance claims database, which will be available to mentees to explore new topics in women's health. Finally, she will apply for NIH support for the postdoctoral program so that it may continue after expiration of the initial period of institutional support. Dr. Berenson's long-term career objectives include: (1) building a world-class research program in women's health through collaboration with department chairs and center directors across the campus and (2) working with other training programs to improve the quality and increase the efficiency of each program. This K24 award will help ensure that these ambitious goals are realized in a timely manner and that patient-oriented research in women's health continues to grow and is well-integrated across the campus.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
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Davlin, S L; Berenson, A B; Rahman, M (2015) Correlates of HPV knowledge among low-income minority mothers with a child 9-17 years of age. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 28:19-23
DeMaria, Andrea L; Flores, Marissa; Hirth, Jacqueline M et al. (2014) Complications related to pubic hair removal. Am J Obstet Gynecol 210:528.e1-5
Rahman, Mahbubur; McGrath, Christine J; Berenson, Abbey B (2014) Geographic variation in human papillomavirus vaccination uptake among 13-17 year old adolescent girls in the United States. Vaccine 32:2394-8
Berenson, Abbey B; Laz, Tabassum H; Hirth, Jacqueline M et al. (2014) Effect of the decision-making process in the family on HPV vaccination rates among adolescents 9-17 years of age. Hum Vaccin Immunother 10:
Berenson, Abbey B; Male, Eneida; Lee, Toy G et al. (2014) Assessing the need for and acceptability of a free-of-charge postpartum HPV vaccination program. Am J Obstet Gynecol 210:213.e1-7
Berenson, Abbey B; Patel, Pooja R; Barrett, Alan D (2014) Is administration of the HPV vaccine during pregnancy feasible in the future? Expert Rev Vaccines 13:213-9
DeMaria, Andrea L; Berenson, Abbey B (2013) Prevalence and correlates of pubic hair grooming among low-income Hispanic, Black, and White women. Body Image 10:226-31
Rahman, Mahbubur; Berenson, Abbey B (2013) Pregnancy test taking is a correlate of unsafe sex, contraceptive nonadherence, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections in adolescent and young adult women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 22:339-43
Rahman, Mahbubur; Laz, Tabassum H; Berenson, Abbey B (2013) Geographic variation in human papillomavirus vaccination uptake among young adult women in the United States during 2008-2010. Vaccine 31:5495-9
Laz, Tabassum H; Rahman, Mahbubur; Berenson, Abbey B (2013) Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among 9-17 year old males in the United States: the National Health Interview Survey, 2010. Hum Vaccin Immunother 9:874-8

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