Category: BIRCWH

BIRCWH Seminar featuring Dr. Pauline Maki on November 18th, 2014

Dr. Pauline Maki will present the BIRCWH Seminar titled “Sex Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease” on November 18th.  The seminar will be held in the College of Medicine Research Building in Room 2175 at 11:00 AM.  The seminar will last approximately one hour and no RSVP is necessary.

Dr. Sadia Haider’s co-authored chapter published in first edition textbook

BIRCWH scholar Sadia Haider co-authored a chapter that has been published in the First Edition of a new textbook Contraception for the Medically Challenged Patient.  Her chapter is titled “Medication Interactions for with Contraceptives”.

BIRCWH associate Melissa Lamar receives travel scholarship

BIRCWH associate Melissa Lamar received a travel scholarship from the Emory Center for AIDS Research to attend their upcoming conference on HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis. She was also chosen to participate in a pre-conference workshop for new investigators to the field of HIV and Aging given her recently funded grant looking at accelerated brain aging in women with HIV

Tonda Hughes appointed to Associate Dean of Global Health in UIC College of Nursing

Congratulations to Tonda Hughes on her new appointment to Associate Dean of Global Health in the UIC College of Nursing (CON)! Dr. Hughes is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Global Health Leadership Office (GHLO) and is a Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science (HSS). As Interim Executive Director, she has done an exceptional job advancing CON’s international academic mission and has increased the visibility of the CON internationally.

Nuriya Robinson receives two teaching awards

BIRCWH scholar Nuriya Robinson received two teaching awards for 2014: the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) teaching award and the UIC Family Medicine Department Specialty Attending Teacher of the Year award.  She also received an academic career development fellowship: the National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association Academic Medicine Fellow, 2014.

Former BIRCWH Scholar Julienne Rutherford Interviewed on WBEZ’s Morning Shift

Julienne Rutherford, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and former BIRCWH scholar, was interviewed by WBEZ’s Morning Shift about her new study concerning harassment and assault of female researchers in field settings. Listen to the story at:

BIRCWH Application

The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program is accepting applications for junior faculty scholars. At this time, we are currently not accepting any applications for the BIRCWH program.

Please be aware of the following requirements when considering your application to the BIRCWH Program.

Eligible BIRCWH Scholar applicants will:

  1. Have a doctoral degree in a clinical or research discipline (e.g. MD, PharmD, DVM, DDS or PhD) and are engaged in women’s health research in such fields as nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, biostatistics.
  2. Have completed any postgraduate training normally expected for a faculty appointment in their field (including clinical or postdoctoral fellowship training or residency).
  3. Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree (excepting those who may have had a career hiatus due to family responsibilities or uniformed service).
  4. Have a full-time faculty appointment at UIC.
  5. Identify mentors with extensive women’s health research experience.
  6. Be US citizens or non-citizen nationals, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  7. Be able to commit 75% of full-time professional effort in the BIRCWH program and its related research activities.

Those who are ineligible include:

  1. Individuals who are or have been a Principal Investigator on mentored career development grants (K-series) or who have had substantial independent funding (e.g., R01, P01, P50) or other equivalent research grant awards.
  2. Non-U.S. citizens or individuals on temporary or student visas.

The leadership of the BIRCWH Program strongly encourages individuals from all health disciplines and backgrounds to apply.

The BIRCWH Program is an NIH funded K-12 institutional training grant and structured mentoring program for junior faculty members who conduct women’s health or sex/gender-based research. The overall goal of the UIC BIRCWH program is to train a cadre of researchers to advance women’s health and sex/gender-based science.

For additional information regarding women’s health, please visit:
Office of Research on Women’s Health
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

If you have any questions about the BIRCWH program, please contact:
Center for Research on Women and Gender (M/C 980)
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608

Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s op-ed published on Huffington Post

Dr. Julienne Rutherford and her team have written an op-ed, based on their study of sexual harassment and field sciences, and it was recently published at Huffington Post. The article can be read here

2014 Midwest Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) Distinguished Researcher Award

Congratulations to Tonda Hughes for receiving the 2014 Midwest Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) Distinguished Researcher Award.  The Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Distinguished Contribution Award is one of the highest honors bestowed and recognizes the contributions of a member who has conducted or promoted research which has enhanced the science and practice of nursing. The award will be presented on Saturday evening March 29th at the MNRS Business Meeting /Awards & Distinguished Researcher Presentation in St. Louis, Missouri.

Current BIRCWH Scholars

Kirstie Danielson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Transplant Surgery
Departmental Affiliate, Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Bethany Everett, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Sadia Haider, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Nuriya Robinson, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Medicine

Former BIRCWH Scholars

Angela Rose Black, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Community Health, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joanna Burdette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy

Colleen Corte, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Systems Sciences, College of Nursing

Bryna Harwood, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Medicine

Patricia Hershberger, PhD
Assistant Professor of Women, Children, and Family Health Science, College of Nursing

Michelle Kominiarek, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Medicine

Hyunyoung Jeong, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Leah Rubin, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Julienne Rutherford, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Sciences, College of Nursing

Thasarat Vajaranant, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, College of Medicine