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Save the Date & Call for Abstracts

3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day

Save the Date & 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 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program and other local groups, is pleased to sponsor 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.-12:30 p.m.

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

 Call for Abstracts: Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex/gender differences research. Monetary prizes will be awarded for top posters. Additionally, a multidisciplinary team science prize, sponsored by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, will be awarded to the presenter of the top clinical-translational science poster. Abstracts are due on Monday, March 21, 2016.

This year’s theme is “Every Cell Has a Sex.” Up to two abstracts that best exemplify this theme will be invited to present 5-minute “data blitz” presentations prior to the keynote address.

For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd16abstracts.

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

Keynote 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 Center for Clinical and Translational Science


CRWG Staff Present at American Public Health Association Meeting

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Zimmermann Leslie Presentation

In November 2015, four CRWG staff members presented at the American Public Health Association meeting, held in Chicago.

CRWG director Stacie Geller discussed health policy and practice recommendations based on her research on the distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana.

Three presentations focused on the CRWG’s longstanding collaboration to promote women’s health in rural, southernmost Illinois. CRWG research specialist Leslie Carnahan presented on the feasibility and acceptability of a community-led program to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. In addition, CRWG assistant director Kris Zimmermann presented a description of a church-based model to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. Additionally, Kris discussed the results of a research study to examine facilitators and barriers to physical activity in rural women.

CRWG research specialist Pam Roesch also presented an examination of neighborhood environment and flourishing in children.

 

 

 

 

 


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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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

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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.


2015 Dan Dissertation Research Awards Announced

 

The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2015 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The winners are Molly Murphy from the School of Public Health for her research entitled, “Abortion providers’ experiences with and management of stigmatization in freestanding and hospital-based clinics;” and Cindy Veldhuis from the Department of Psychology for her research entitled, “Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with preventive care use by women in Chicago .” An honorable mention was awarded to Megan LaFrombois from the Urban Planning and Policy Program for her research entitled, “Reframing the Reclaiming of Urban Space: A Feminist Exploration of Bicycle Focused Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Urbanism.” The annual Dan Dissertation award encourages original and significant research about gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. Recipients are awarded monetary support to assist with their research. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. To support the Dan Dissertation Award, visit our Support page.


Staff Member Kristine Zimmermann presented at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting

In April 2015, Kris Zimmermann presented a poster at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  Kris’s research explored barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation in rural women. .


Staff Member Leslie Carnahan Presents Research at Academy Health Meeting

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On June 14, 2015, CRWG Research Associate Leslie Carnahan presented her research at AcademyHealth’s 32nd Annual Research Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM) has been the premier forum for health services research, where attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, and sharpen research methods. Leslie’s shared lessons learned, and policy and practice implications from a community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings.


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”