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Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health
Career center seeks
applicants for research
by Mary Helen
Health sciences have a lot of ground to cover toward understanding
women’s health issues. Gender differences and women’s health had
generally received relatively little attention in the research world
until 1991 when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) founded the
Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and committed to funding
research in this area.
At MUSC, a new initiative is being launched to help develop a critical
mass of investigators on campus with a career focus in the area of
women’s heath through the ORWH-funded Building Interdisciplinary
Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program.
BIRCWH supports research and career development of junior faculty
members interested in developing research careers focused on gender
differences or women’s health in the neuroscience area. The BIRWCH
program builds on the strength research and training in MUSC’s
Specialized Center of Translational Research already funded by ORWH
that is focused on gender differences in stress response and substance
The drivers and inspiration behind the program are BIRCWH principal
investigator, Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences; and its program director Jacqueline F. McGinty,
Ph.D., Department of Neurosciences.
BIRCWH currently is seeking applications for the next round of scholars
dedicated to pursuing translational research in women’s health.
Applications are due by March 1.
Applicants should have recently completed clinical training or
postdoctoral fellowships, have mentorship and a solid plan for training
in basic, translational, and clinical research, and/or performed health
services research relevant to women’s health in the areas of mental
health, addiction, aging or cognitive decline.
“A scholar must devote at least 75 percent effort, full-time, to the
program at a salary commensurate with experience and departmental
guidelines for faculty rank. The grant will cover up to $75,000 per
year in salary support,” said Sarah Smith Gainey, project coordinator
for the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) and BIRCWH. “The
opportunities and support for these scholars are tremendous, not to
mention opportunities for pilot project funding and mentorship.”
BIRCWH is a K12 career development program co-funded by ORWH and the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH.
Selected scholars will be announced by May 1 and salary support will
begin July 1.
Applicants must be on faculty or eligible to join the faculty by this
date. Scholars will receive two to three years of salary support
commensurate with 75 percent to 100 percent effort per year to pursue
multidisciplinary clinical and pre-clinical research.
The program includes a supportive environment, start-up research funds,
access to core faculty who provide expertise and guidance in research
design, measurement techniques, study coordination, data management,
biostatistical analysis, publishing and presenting research, grant
writing, and a training plan that the applicants, in consultation with
their mentors, must develop specific to their career goals.
For additional information, e-mail Gainey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Friday, Feb. 8, 2008
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