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Women's Reproductive Health Research Program (WRHR)

 

The NIH/NICHD Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development K12 Award, titled "Duke Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholars," was received in the fall of 2020 by Ob/Gyn Department Chair Matthew Barber, MD, MHS (PI); Evan Myers, MD, MPH (Research Director); and Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD (Program Coordinator). 

The Duke WRHR training program combines cutting-edge research experiences with an innovative and proven career development framework to help develop the next generation of Ob/Gyn clinician-scientists. 

Duke joins an impressive NIH/NICHD-funded 15-site network of Ob/Gyn departments across the U.S. Our program will support up to two WRHR early stage faculty at any one time, across six research areas of excellence aligned with departmental and institutional expertise and priorities:

  • Reproductive Infectious Disease and Immunology
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Peri-conceptional Wellness and Early Human Development
  • Pregnancy and Perinatology
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Innovative Research Methods

In addition to the leadership team, a stellar group of mentors with expertise in these areas has been assembled along with an Advisory Committee charged with selecting scholars and monitoring their progress.

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K12 Supported Research Faculty Positions, Research Fellowship at UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco has two open research faculty positions supported by the WRHR. They are also seeking a new Ob/Gyn Generalist Research Fellow – a two-year program to obtain a Masters Degree in Clinical Research and maintain full scope clinical skills. For both of these positions, people from groups that have been historically excluded from research and medicine are welcomed and encouraged to apply. 

Research Fellowship in General Obstetrics and Gynecology
The UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is seeking applicants for the Research Fellowship in General Obstetrics and Gynecology. This two-year fellowship provides the training, protected time and mentorship needed to pursue a clinical research career. Fellows also maintain a clinical practice in both outpatient and inpatient settings and will be prepared to sit for Board examination at the end of fellowship. Applications due December 1, 2021. Learn more or apply. Questions? Contact Dr. Vanessa Jacoby.

New Search for K12 Supported Research Faculty 
The UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is searching for two research faculty to participate in the NIH K12 Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Program (the WRHR) beginning July 2022. The WRHR is an opportunity for Obstetrician/Gynecologists to gain the critical skills, mentorship, and experience needed to advance their research career. Successful candidates will have a research track record and commitment to an pursuing an independent research career. We seek candidates whose experience, research or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and structural change. We welcome applicants with research interest in health inequities and/or social determinants of health, including the impact of structural racism on health and well-being. Applications due October 4, 2021. Learn more or apply. Questions? Contact Dr. Vanessa Jacoby or Dr. Sindy Mellon.

 


First NIH/NICHD WRHR Career Development K12 Award Recipients Announced
 

Faculty Rebecca Previs, MD, MS (Gynecologic Oncology); and Jonas Swartz, MD, MPH (Women’s Community and Population Health), were named the first Duke WRHR Scholars. Through the WRHR program, the two faculty will have the opportunity to participate in an extensive training program that combines cutting-edge research experiences with an innovative and proven career development framework to help develop the next generation of Ob/Gyn clinician-scientists.

Dr. Previs is a gynecology cancer specialist with a passion for taking care of women who have a diagnosis of ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancer. Her award proposal is titled “Turning ProMisE into Practice: Molecular Classification to Prognosticate Response in Medically Managed Endometrial Cancers.”

Description: Molecular characterization of uterine cancer predicts survival in patients undergoing standard of care surgery, but it has not previously been evaluated in medically managed patients. This study (1) assesses the prognostic value of molecularly characterizing patients with uterine cancer treated with a progestin-secreting intrauterine device (LNG-IUD) in a multi-institutional cohort, and (2) pilots a prospective clinical trial in patients treated with LNG-IUD for uterine cancer to evaluate feasibility of integrating molecular biomarkers.

Dr. Swartz serves as Medical Director of Family Planning and Ryan Program Director in the Division of Women’s Community and Population Health. His award proposal is titled “Barriers to Postpartum Contraceptive Care, Perceived Racial Discrimination and Long-Term Maternal and Infant Health.”

Description: Better access to postpartum contraception could help mitigate North Carolina’s racial, ethnic and economic disparities in maternal and infant health. Through our three aims, we seek to understand how barriers to postpartum care and contraceptive care, with a focus on perceived racial discrimination, affect health outcomes for women and infants.

Duke’s WRHR Scholars Award was received in the fall of 2020 by Ob/Gyn Department Chair Matthew Barber, MD, MHS (PI); Evan Myers, MD, MPH (Research Director); and Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD (Program Coordinator). Duke joins an impressive NIH/NICHD-funded 15-site network of Ob/Gyn Departments across the U.S. The program will support up to two WRHR early stage faculty at any one time, across six research areas of excellence aligned with Departmental and institutional expertise and priorities.


The 2021 K12-Women's Health and Career Development Symposium took place virtually on Friday, Feb. 12, from 12 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Scholars and Mentors from all Career Development programs were invited to attend. Access the agenda here. 

This annual symposium is organized by the UNC and Duke/NCCU Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH-K12) and Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR-K12) programs. It is just another way the three universities can share resources to nurture the careers of junior faculty at all institutions while bringing fresh perspectives to the field of women’s health.

  • Chairs' perspectives: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Academic Research Careers
  • Scholar presentations
  • Small group breakouts
    • When things don't go as planned
    • Managing professional relationships
    • Work-life integration
    • Leading a research team
  • Panel Discussion: The scientific importance of race and racial diversity in research
  • Scholar networking