Abbey B. Berenson, MD, PhD
This is an exciting time for women's health research in our country. New opportunities for research and funding have emerged in the last decade and continue to grow. NIH-supported training initiatives at UTMB include the BIRCWH K12 program and the NIH/NRSA T32. The BIRCWH program trains junior faculty to become successful investigators in women’s health. It has supported 11 scholars during the first 5 years of the program, with NIH awarding an additional 5 years of program support into 2015. The T32 program in women’s reproductive health supports postdoctoral fellows for a 2 year appointment. Now in its fifth year, each of this program’s former participants have obtained leadership roles in the development and expansion of academic research. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health will continue its efforts to develop and enhance this field by providing seed grant money, developing new collaborations of scientists, and providing awareness of funding opportunities in women's health.