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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: https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/5481083. 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 kzimme3@uic.edu 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZew2we5ut0&list=PLmq5H6mJIf-JhHDP4FrOsQndCu8hIQJQk&index=6


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.


BIRCWH Scholar Kirstie Danielson’s NIH presentation available online

BIRCWH scholar Kirstie Danielson’s NIH presentation can be viewed here.  Her talk begins approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes into the video.


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.