Mela Project trains future leaders in Ethiopia

Stacie Geller -Mela Project

“…mentoring has been shown to increase career satisfaction, improve career advancement and increase recruitment and retention.” CRWG director Stacie Geller, professor of obestetrics and gynecology at provided leadership and mentoring training to health science faculty during a recent visit to Ethiopia. Read more…

Dr. Manorama Khare interviewed about the Win With Wellness intervention

Dr. Manu Khare, Research Assistant Professor at the UIC College of Medicine at Rockford and CRWG Affiliate, was interviewed during the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) annual Outreach Partnership meeting. In this interview, Dr. Khare discusses the Win With Wellness intervention, designed to reduce risk of obesity and chronic disease in rural northwest Illinois. Win with Wellness encourages participants in community settings and at different workplaces to make small, incremental changes to their diets and activity levels through a multi-component approach.

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.

CRWG Hosts 4th Annual Women’s Health Research Day

On Friday, April 21, the Center for Research on Women and Gender hosted the 4th Annual UIC Women’s Health Research Day. The goal of the event is to disseminate recent findings related to women’s health and facilitate networking among faculty, students, and staff conducting women’s health or sex /gender based research. This year’s theme was Translating Research into Policy: From Reproductive Health to Reproductive Justice.  Approximately 85 faculty, students and researchers from UIC, University of Indiana and UI Hospital attended and 33 students, fellows, staff and faculty presented posters.

Two abstract winners were selected to give oral “data blitz” presentations. Dr. Aerika Brittian Loyd from the College of Education presented her work on the health implications of racial discrimination on adolescent girls on probation and Victoria deMartelly from the College of Nursing discussed visualizing access to abortion clinics and crisis pregnancies centers in Illinois.

The event presented keynote speaker, Cynthia Summers, DrPH, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Communications and Publications at the Guttemacher Institute. Dr. Summers discussed the importance research translation to inform reproductive health policy.

In addition to our speakers, 33 posters highlighting new research in women’s health and sex/gender based health were entered into our poster competition. Dr. Judith Schlaeger from the College of Nursing and Rosalba Satta from the College of Medicine won first and second place, respectively, for outstanding poster by a faculty, staff or fellow. Kera Beskin from the School of Public Health and Jessica Fogel from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences tied for first place for outstanding poster by a graduate, undergraduate or medical student.

We sincerely thank our co-sponsors, UIC Center for Excellence in Maternal Child Health and UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. The event would not have been possible without their generous support!

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

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:

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.

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.