WRHR K12 Program

Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program

The WRHR program provides opportunities for obstetrician-gynecologists to obtain state-of-the-art training and experience in basic, translational and clinical women's reproductive health research. The WRHR program is funded through NICHD's Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch and co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH).

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. Our program supports 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


2024 K12-Women's Health and Career Development Symposium
BIRCWH 2024 Greenup

On February 23rd 2024, faculty, fellows, postdocs, students, and staff interested in women’s health research gathered in the Trent Semans Center Great Hall at Duke University for the Women’s Health & Career Development Symposium.

The event featured invited speakers, scholar presentations, a poster showcase, and an interactive “Pitching Your Science” session led by Johnna Frierson, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Basic Sciences at Duke. We were pleased to welcome 90 attendees (almost double the number from 2023) representing nine institutions, including Duke, UNC, NC Central,  Yale, and Wake Forest. 

More about the Symposium