Category: News-CRWG

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.


2016 Dan Dissertation Research Awards Announced

The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2016 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The winners are Paige Sweet from the Department of Sociology for her research entitled, “Trauma, Domestic Violence, and Hybrid Medicalization;” and Vida Henderson from the Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health for her research entitled, “Understanding the Relationship between Psychological Well-Being and Well-Woman Visit and Preventive Care Use in Midlife African-American Women .” An honorable mention was awarded to Aimee Wodda from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice for her research entitled, “What Did We Get When We Got Sex: Making Sense of Ulane v. Eastern Airlines.” 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.

Study finds a lag in women’s treatment for Alzheimer’s

Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology and CRWG senior director of research, had a recent article in the journal Neurology that has attracted media attention. The study found that because women out perform men in verbal memory tests–a primary method used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, women’s treatments for Alzheimer’s may be delayed. The results suggest the need for better screening methods that are equally sensitive to men and women.

The lead author of the article, Erin Sundermann, previously received the Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award.

The study was reported on CNN:

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: 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

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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.


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

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

January 2016 CRWG Newsletter Now Available

The January 2016 edition of the CRWG Newsletter, Building Research Connections, is now available. Check it out here: Building Research Connections January 2016.

CRWG Staff Present at American Public Health Association Meeting

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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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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.