Annual Women’s Health and Career Development Symposium


    Women’s Health and Career Development Symposium

    Duke University’s Trent Semans Center - Great Hall

    February 23rd from 12:00 – 5:00

    We welcome faculty, fellows, postdocs, students, and staff interested in research related to women’s health or sex differences in human health and disease.

    Registration and Poster Topic Submission


    All attendees must register. If you are planning to present at poster, you may simultaneously submit a poster topic with your registration.  


    SHOWCASE YOUR WORK to a broad audience of women's health researchers:
    Students (undergraduate, graduate, and medical), postdocs, fellows, and faculty may submit a poster. Poster viewing and informal discussion will take place during two extended break periods at the symposium. Poster topics should focus on health of women and/or the influence of sex as a biological variable on health and disease. It is acceptable to submit a poster in theoretical/conceptual format, as well as work that was previously presented at a meeting or published elsewhere as an abstract or manuscript. Format: width = 4 ft (preferred).

    AGENDA (subject to change)
    • 12:00 Welcome & Introductions
    • 12:10 Invited Presentation
      • Rachel Greenup, MD, MPH – BIRCWH Alumna (2019) Yale School of Medicine: Standing on the Shoulders of (Little) Giants: Academic Success in Health Services Research Through Mentorship & Collaboration
      • Q &A
    • 12:40 Scholar Presentations
    • 1:20 Alumni Introductions
    • 1:25 Break & Posters
    • 1:45 Scholar Presentations
    • 2:45 Invited Presentation
      • Chad Grotegut, MBA, MD – BIRCWH Alumnus (2012) Wake Forest University:  Mechanisms of Uterine Contractility and the Development of a Physician-Scientist-Administrator
      • Q and A
    • 3:20 Break & Posters
      • Group photo (scholars, alumni, mentors)
    • 3:45 Interactive “Pitching your Science”
      • Johnna Frierson, PhD - Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Basic Sciences; Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office
        • Dr. Frierson will facilitate this interactive session. After a brief presentation on the nuts and bolts of the pitch, participants will prep and then practice their pitch in small groups .
    • 4:55 Closing Remarks

    Register and submit your poster topic today!


    2023 Symposium (2/17/2023)

    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. This symposium is just one of the ways we share our resources to nurture the careers of our junior faculty while bringing fresh perspectives to the field of women’s health.

    This year’s event was held on February 17th at Duke, in the Trent Semans Great Hall. This research-career-oriented meeting featured presentations by BIRCWH and WRHR scholars and a panel discussion focusing on The “–ships” To Success: Navigating Academia, led by Geeta Swamy, MD, Duke University’s Associate Vice President for Research and Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity.


    BIRCWH/WRHR Symposium 2023 - talking2
    BIRCWH/WRHR Symposium 2023 - panel
    BIRCWH/WRHR Symposium 2023 - group

    2022 Symposium (2/18/2022)

    More Past Events

    • Programs Represented: UNC and Duke/NCCU BIRCWH
    • Theme: K-Scholar Success – What Does it Take to Transition to Independence?
    • Date: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
    • Location: Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC
      2020 BIRCWH Symposium group
    • Agenda
      • BIRCWH Scholar Presentations
      • Networking
      • Featured Speaker: Matthew Pearsall, PhD, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Building Resilient Teams
      • Panel Discussion: Paths to success, developing resilience and overcoming rejection, and becoming independent
    • 2020 Symposium Program
    • Programs Represented: UNC and Duke/NCCU BIRCWH
      2019 BIRCWH Lefkowitz
    • Date: Friday. Feb. 1, 2019
    • Location: Rizzo Center, Chapel Hill, NC
    • Agenda
      • Career Development: Jeffrey Houpt, MD, Dean Emeritus, UNC School of Medicine, The Tough Stuff: Conflict, Difficult Conversations, and Negotiation
      • Women’s Health: Susan Girdler, PhD, Depression and Cardiovascular Disease in Mid-Life Women: Biopsychosocial Mechanisms of Risk and Protection
      • BIRCWH Alumnus: Kris C. Wood, PhD, The Transition from Scholar to Independence
      • BIRCWH Scholars: Scholar Snapshots
      • Keynote Presentation: Nobel Prize recipient Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Tales of a Serendipitous Scientist
    • 2019 Symposium Program
    • Programs Represented: UNC and Duke/NCCU BIRCWH
      2018 BIRCWH Symposium group
    • Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2018
    • Location: Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC
    • Agenda
      • Duke BIRCWH Alumna: Geeta Swamy, MD
      • Networking
      • UNC BIRCWH Alumna: Stephanie Zerwas, PhD
      • Keynote Speaker: Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard University
    • 2018 Symposium Program
    • Programs Represented: UNC and Duke/NCCU BIRCWH
      2016 BIRCWH presentation2
    • Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
    • Location: Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC
    • Agenda
      • Anthony Viera, MD, Maximizing/Organizing Time for Writing
      • BIRCWH Scholar Presentations
    • 2016 Symposium Program

    Program Contacts

    PI of the Duke/NCCU BIRCWH Award and Program Director: Cindy Amundsen, MD
    Site-PI NCCU: Nina Smith, PhD
    Program Coordinator: Friederike Jayes, PhD – please forward any questions to the BIRCWH Program Coordinator