Category: BIRCWH

Research Survey for Rural Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Our research team is conducting a survey concerning the needs and experiences of rural cancer survivors and caregivers in Illinois. The goal of the study is to to understand racial/ethnic, gender, and class-based cancer disparities. This is a self-report assessment of physical and mental health, cancer screening, and use of healthcare services in Rural Illinois.

Please see our flyers below for more information.

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Flyer

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IL Rural Cancer Assessment Male Survivor/Caregiver Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Survivor Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Caregiver Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Childhood Survivor Flyer


Dr. Pauline Maki, 2017 NAMS Award Recipient

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) announced the recipients of the Society’s 2017 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of women’s health and menopause. The recipients were acknowledged during the NAMS 28th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pauline Maki, CRWG Senior Director of Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, was the recipient of the NAMS/Thomas B. Clarkson Outstanding Clinical and Basic Science Research Award in recognition of her outstanding menopause-related clinical or basic science research.

Congratulations Dr. Pauline Maki!


2017 Mother’s Day March for Moms

On Mother’s Day, CRWG’s Visiting Research Specialist, Katie Garland, attended the March for Moms in Washington DC. Over 100 maternal health advocates, researchers, practitioners and families gathered at the Jefferson Memorial to draw attention to poor maternal health outcomes in the US and around the world.

A diverse group of stakeholders came together for the march including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, DONA International, Frontier Nursing University and March of Dimes, among many others. Translating research to action was a particular theme of the march, as speakers both highlighted maternal health issues and called for action on these issues.

Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts, discussed the global burden of maternal mortality. Her experience having a postpartum hemorrhage giving birth to her first child inspired her to found Every Mother Counts, which funds projects working to prevent maternal mortality around the world.

Neel Shah, MD from Harvard University encouraged attendees to tell their senators to oppose the massive cuts to Medicaid proposed in American Health Care Act, which he called “a slap in the face” to mothers. Medicaid pays for half of births in America, so the proposed $880 billion cut to Medicaid would be particularly devastating to American Moms.

It’s time to seriously invest in the health of American mothers. Events like this are just the beginning to bring together diverse stakeholders to advocate for more resources to ensure the health of all mothers!

Photo caption: Katie (left) attended the march with her mother, Meghan, an instructor at Frontier Nursing University.

Save the Date and Register now for our 4th Annual Women’s Health Research Day!

https://crwg.uic.edu/files/2017/02/WHRD-SavTheDate-2017.pdf


Yamile Molina, Assistant Professor joined the Women’s March to Protest Trump’s Inauguration

Yamile Molina, Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, is featured in a photograph accompanying an article in The Atlantic on women scientists who joined the Women’s March protest the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Read the article and see the photo here: http://theatln.tc/2jxNt5i


Dr. Pauline Maki Appears in NAMS Video

Dr. Pauline Maki, CRWG senior research of research and professor of psychiatry and psychology appeared in a recent video, Assessment and Treatment Options for Cognitive Issues, produced by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), as part of its comprehensive video series for clinicians about important midlife health topics. All of the interviews in the series are hosted by NAMS Board of Trustees Member and President-Elect Dr. Marla Shapiro, a Canadian physician, who is also the medical consultant for CTV News and on-air medical contributor to Canada AM.

 


Women’s Health Research Day 2016

2016 WHRD Poster 1On Wednesday, April 20, the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health hosted our 3rd Annual UIC Women’s Health Research Day to promote networking among faculty and students conducting women’s health research and sex/gender-based science, and to disseminate recent findings within these areas.  This year’s theme, “Every Cell has a Sex,” aligned with the National Institutes of Health’s priority to examine sex differences in all types of health research, particularly basic science. The event attracted over 100 faculty, students, and researchers from across campus and beyond, and 38 students, fellows, faculty, and staff presented posters.

As part of our theme, the event highlighted three “data blitz” presentations: Dr. Joanna Burdette from the College of Pharmacy discussed her lab’s work in examining the origins of ovarian cancer, Dr. Kirstie Danielson from the College of Medicine spoke about the bidirectional association between diabetes and bone and sex-based differences in islet transplantation, and abstract winner, Elisa Hilderbrand, doctoral candidate in the Department of Neuroscience, presented on her work examining the role of estrogen receptors as a modulator of ethanol reward in female mice.

The event featured keynote speaker, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Woodruff is internationally recognized for her work in ovarian biology and coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. Her engaging presentation focused on the importance of examining and reporting sex differences in all types of health research, whether the research takes place in the laboratory, clinic, or community.

In addition to our speakers, several attendees showcased their research and the importance of women’s health and sex/gender-based health research through our poster competition. Dr. Joan Briller from the College of Medicine and Dr. Angela Russo from the College of Pharmacy received top awards for best poster in the faculty, fellows and staff category. Karina Romo, an undergraduate student from Liberal Arts and Sciences won top prize in the student poster competition, and Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, graduate student in the College of Pharmacy, received the second place award. Additionally, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) sponsored a Multidisciplinary Team Science Prize, awarded to Dr. Susan Magasi from the College of Applied Health Sciences.

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The event would not have been successful without the contributions of our many co-sponsors: UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Pharmacy, UIC School of Public Health, UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program.


Register now for our 3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day!

3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day

 

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program is pleased to announce UIC’s 3rd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance the 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: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Registration: Advance registration required. Visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd2016 to register.

Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:30 am:  Networking & Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:30 am:  Poster Presentations
10:30-11:00 am:  Oral “Data Blitz” Presentations by:

  • Joanna Burdette, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC College of Pharmacy
  • Kirstie Danielson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UIC College of Medicine
  • Abstract winner: Elisa Hilderbrand, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience Program, UIC Graduate College

11:00 am-12:00 pm:  Keynote Lecture: “Every Cell has a Sex” by Teresa Woodruff, PhD

_DSC7052-2Keynote speaker:

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Director, Women’s Health Research Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.  She founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engages girls in basic and medical sciences, and developed the concept for a National Physicians Cooperative in Oncofertility (NPC) in order to link medical practices interested in fertility preservation protocols. Dr. Woodruff also serves as the founding director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, which has as its mission ‘science to care’ and ensuring that sex and gender are part of the research mission.  Because of her work in inclusion, she was recently interviewed by Leslie Stahl and was highlighted on a 60 Minutes report and has written extensively on inclusion of sex and gender in science and medicine (PNAS, Nature). She was named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the World’s Most Influential People as the only scientist on the list and was voted 112th. Dr. Woodruff was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in an oval office ceremony (2011) and her other awards include the Beacon Award from Frontiers in Reproduction (2013), the Women in Science Award from the Weitzman Institute (2012), and an Alumni Association Merit Award from Northwestern (2012). In addition to her academic stewardship, she also served as the President of the Endocrine Society from 2013-2014. Dr. Woodruff leads a large group of scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, visiting scholars and technicians who together make up the Woodruff Lab.  Members of the lab are making important breakthroughs in follicle biology, oocyte quality and translating this work to patients.

Questions?

For more information about Women’s Health Research Day, please contact Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu or 312.413.4251.

Co-sponsors:
UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Pharmacy, UIC School of Public Health, UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science


Breast Health Equity: Coast to Midcoast Academic-Community Partnerships

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UI CANCER CENTER PHBO PROGRAM SEMINAR

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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