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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health

UC Davis School of Medicine Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)

The School of Medicine is the recipient of an NIH-sponsored Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program. The $2.1 million career-development program will provide mentored Ph.D and M.D. faculty with multidisciplinary training to ensure that they establish independent biomedical research careers in areas relevant to women's health and will create an environment that nurtures non-traditional interdisciplinary collaborations in focused and interactive research areas that are essential to improving the health of women. Established researchers will mentor junior faculty in one of four interacting areas of women’s health:

  • neurosciences/behavioral with attention to gender-specific aspects of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases
  • musculoskeletal/aging
  • nutrition-related and metabolic/ inflammatory syndromes and their special impacts on women
  • cancer including gender-related differences in risks, outcomes and education-related interventions. 

Scholars in the BIRCWH program will devote a minimum of 75% of their professional time to their BIRCWH research project with the hope that scholars will develop independent, federally-funded or externally funded research programs. The grant will provide 75% salary support of up to $75,000 per year for up to five years. Benefits are not included and must be provided by the Scholar’s department. Also, the department may have to supplement salary if 75% of base salary is greater than $75,000.  In addition, scholars will receive up to $17,900 for research and career development needs (eg, supplies, research assistant, courses, etc.) and $1,500 for travel annually to the mandatory BIRCWH meetings in Washington, DC.