Category: BIRCWH

Breast Health Equity: Coast to Midcoast Academic-Community Partnerships

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Yamile Molina, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Community Health Sciences and Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender will present at the UI Cancer Center PHBO Program Seminar

 Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Room 461 IHRP, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road.

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CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois

In July 2015, CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois for the Southern Seven Coalition for Women’s Health Annual Luncheon. Staff from the CRWG have been collaborating with the local health department and health and community organizations such as churches since 2007 to implement and research health promotion initiatives in the region. During the visit, CRWG staff shared preliminary research findings with more than 60  attendees and also recognized community partners. S7---2015-Annual-luncheon


Dr. Sebalda Leshabari from Tanzania visited the CRWG

DLeslie_Dr Leshabarir. Sebalda Leshabari, Dean of the College of Nursing at Muhimbili University of Health at Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania visited the Center for Research on Women and Gender in July 2015. Dr. Leshabari served as a co-investigator with Dr. Stacie Geller and Leslie Carnahan on a grant exploring maternal health needs in urban Tanzania.

Women’s Health Research Day Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Abstract and Poster winners!  Thank you everyone for your participation.

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Abstract Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Kiran Malhotra

Graduate Student:  Pooja Solanski

Poster Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Safia Farid for “Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Markers Following Islet Cell Transplantation in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes”

Graduate Student: Vida Henderson for “Understanding Factors Associated with Postpartum Visit Attendance and Contraception Choices”

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Laura Laursen for “Perspectives on long acting reversible contraception in school based health centers”

2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Day Call for Abstracts

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) program and other local groups, sponsors our 2nd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Call for Abstracts (Abstract deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015): Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex differences research. For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: The top two abstracts will be invited to present 15-minute oral presentations. Cash prizes will be awarded for top abstracts and top posters.

Keynote Lecture: “Women Living with HIV,” featuring Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH,Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS,University of California, San Francisco

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS Clinic (“Ward 86″) at San Francisco General Hospital. Past research efforts focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women through the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multisite, prospective cohort study established in 1994 to study the natural history, clinical and laboratory findings of HIV in women. Currently, she is investigating low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair samples. Dr. Gandhi also leads multiple HIV education and mentorship programs at UCSF. She is the principal investigator of an R24 mentoring grant from the NIH focused on nurturing early career investigators of diversity in HIV research and the Associate Director for the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Mentoring Program.

Registration: Advance registration required. Registration coming soon!

For more information, please contact Kris Zimmermann at or 312.413.4251.

Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s paper inspires Society of American Archaeology to implement sexual harassment initiatives

The President of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) sent an email to their entire membership about the sexual harassment initiatives that were inspired by the SAFE study written by former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford and colleagues:

Here is an excerpt from the email:

“…SAA initiated three actions. First, The Board of Directors directed the Ethics Committee to consider sexual harassment of all kinds in the current revisions to the SAA ethics principles. This review is underway. Second, the Board of Directors passed a motion requiring organizations sponsoring SAA fieldschool scholarships to have written policies and procedures relating the sexual harassment. All such scholarships now have these stipulations. Third, as a sponsoring organization, SAA requested that the Register of Professional Archaeologists issue a statement regarding a RPA’s obligations with regards to eliminating sexual harassment in archaeological settings. I am pleased to announce that the Register has completed its statement, which is included below. The President and Board will keep you posted as the Ethics Committee works on this, and other matters come to fruition later this year.”

CRWG Director Presents on Global Maternal Health Research

On January 14, 2015, CRWG Director Stacie Geller presented her research at UIC’s sixth Campus Insights presentation. This year’s theme was UIC: Research and Innovation on a Global Scale. The presentations used the art of imagery and words to provide insights into the purpose of research at UIC: to apply new knowledge to the real world and make a difference. Dr. Geller’s presentation was captured on video, and is available here:

BIRCWH Program Accepting Applications For Scholar Position

The BIRCWH Program is currently accepting applications for one scholar position to begin on April 1st, 2015.  Applications are due by February 13th, 2015.

Please visit our Scholar Application page if interested in applying and for more detailed information.

CRWG Position Available: Visiting Senior Research Specialist

Visiting Senior Research Specialist – Center for Research on Women and Gender

The UIC Center of Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Visiting Senior Research Specialist.  The individual selected for this position will contribute to the development and implementation of research and evaluation activities at Center.   The candidate must have experience with grant writing and dissemination of research related to women’s health.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, initiate and develop proposals for research and evaluation projects, both independently and by assisting other scholars, including collaboration and coordination with one or more investigators.
  • Write and assist in writing grant proposals to funding agencies: assemble documentation, secure necessary university authorizations, and author, co-author and/or edit grant proposals.
  • Develop protocols and monitor the execution of research and evaluation projects, including implementation of data collection, data analysis, and assisting with reporting requirements.
  • Disseminate research results through publications and presentations.
  • Provide expertise around quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation within the department and with collaborating partners.
  • Make recommendations for women’s health research areas that should be investigated.
  • Other duties as assigned by the CRWG Director.



  • Candidates for this position must have a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in public health or a related field and at least five years of research/evaluation experience. Research related to women’s health or sex/gender-based differences in health required.
  • Candidates must be knowledgeable about current developments and research findings in rapidly-changing health science disciplines; able to evaluate their potential applicability to research and service program; and able to adapt them for use in execution of new research.
  • Candidates must have experience with grant writing and dissemination of research through publications and presentations.
  • Candidates must demonstrate high-level skills in data analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methodology and evaluation.
  • Candidates must have excellent writing skills.
  • Candidates must be able to work with researchers from many fields, and in a multidisciplinary, multicultural context. Candidates must also be comfortable working with community groups and community agencies.
  • Previous experience leading evaluation or research projects, and experience supervising project staff, including undergraduate and graduate students, strongly preferred.


This is a full time position. The position will begin on February 16, 2015. For fullest consideration, submit a cover letter, CV, and names and addresses of three references, by December 26, 2014. Please apply through the following link:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.