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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.


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


CRWG Collaborates on Needs Assessment to Prevent Maternal Mortality in Tanzania

CRWG director Stacie Geller and collaborator Crystal Patil, associate professor of medical anthropology in the College of Nursing, are recipients of the inaugural Global Health and Wellbeing Seed Grant Program, established by the Chancellor’s Global Excellence Task Force and the College of Medicine’s Center for Global Health. The seed grant program was created to support projects that improve the lives of people around the world. The program provided start-up funding for three multidisciplinary research projects, to assist researchers in seeking external funding in the future.

Drs. Patil and Geller will work together to conduct a needs assessment in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality. Based on the needs assessment, they will adapt a continuum-of-care approach for city residents. The continuum of care approach has successfully reduced maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhage in rural areas of the developing world. The goal of the research is to identify factors that put urban women at risk of dying from postpartum bleeding.

For more information, visit: http://news.uic.edu/seed-grants-foster-research-projects-in-global-health#sthash.LDbcKNJm.dpuf


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: http://m.soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/new-study-finds-women-in-stem


CRWG Director Receives Chancellor’s Discovery Fund Award

Congratulations to CRWG Director Stacie Geller and colleagues, recipients of the Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research! Their project is titled, “Testing of a Prototype Obstetrical Medical Device for Auto Transfusion in Life Threatening Postpartum Hemorrhage.” The multidisciplinary team includes collaborators from the Emergency Medicine, the Center for Global Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Cardiothoracic Surgery in the College of Medicine, as well as the Bioengineering Department in the College of Engineering.


Congratulations to Abstract and Poster Winners from Women’s Health Research Day!

Abstract Winners
Student:  Nanci Alanis, Department of Psychology and Honors College, for “How do different stressors relate to body mass index among U.S.-born and immigrant Latinas?”

Faculty:  Heather Sipsma, Assistant Professor of Women, Children and Family Health Science, College of Nursing, for “Mental health of young parents from pregnancy through 1 year postpartum”

Poster Winners
Undergraduate Student:  Beelet Dawood, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, for “The association between vasomotor symptoms and sleep disturbance among menopausal women: a comparison of physiological and self-reported measures”

Graduate Student:  Hitisha Patel, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmocognosy, College of Pharmacy, for “Estrogen receptor partial agonists as therapeutics for tamoxifen resistant breast cancer”

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Susan Magasi, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, for “Screen-ABLE: A mixed methods study examining disparities in breast and cervical cancer screening among women with disabilities in Illinois”


CRWG Director Discusses Postpartum Hemorrhage Prevention

In a recent talk at Northwestern University, CRWG Director Stacie Geller used her research on international prevention of postpartum hemorrhage as an example of translating research into policy in the developing world.
http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=223058


Policy change is necessary to improve global women’s health

CRWG director Stacie Geller’s work to reduce global maternal mortality is described in the Women’s Health Research Institute blog. Visit the article at http://blog.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/2013/06/policy-changes-save-the-lives-of-pregnant-women/


CRWG Research Director Interviewed on Today Show!

Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology and CRWG research director, was interviewed for a segment on the Today show about her recent study that found menopausal women with more severe, frequent hot flashes performed poorly on memory and thinking tests. The segment is available at:http://www.today.com/video/today/52019642#52019642


CRWG Director Honored for Work in Ghana

In a ceremony held on January 24, CRWG Director Stacie Geller was installed as Development Queen Mother of the Manso Nkwanta Traditional Area in Ghana by the Queen Mother and King of Manso Nkwanta. She is now known in the area as Nana Akosua Kannin I. The King asked Stacie to contribute to the area by helping to improve education and decrease teenage pregnancy. Congratulations, Stacie!