by a K12 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The program began in 2007 and was renewed in 2012 for another 5 year period. The grant provides funds for junior faculty BIRCWH Scholars
to receive mentored research career development in interdisciplinary research on women’s health or on sex/gender differences related to biology, health, or disease. Each 5-year grant cycle provides funds for 8 BIRCWH Scholars at the College of Medicine, College of Health and Human Development, and College of Liberal Arts
for 2- 3- year training periods under the direction of senior faculty mentors from multiple disciplines.
The goal of the BIRCWH program is to increase the number and skills of investigators in women’s health through a mentored research and career development experience leading to an independent interdisciplinary scientific career that will benefit the health of women.The expanding research agenda in women’s health is informed by multiple scientific disciplines, including the biological, physical, and social sciences.
Research integrating knowledge from multiple perspectives is needed to advance the field of women’s health and to improve women’s health and health services. The interdisciplinary research conducted by BIRCWH scholars may be basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women’s health or to sex/gender factors related to health.
The Penn State BIRCWH program welcomes its newest BIRCWH Scholars who will start on July 1, 2015 -- Dara Babinski, PhD (Department of Psychiatry); Scott Halstead, MD, PhD (Department of Pediatrics); and Dino Ravnic, DO, MPH (Department of Surgery). Congratulations!