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BIRCWH Program

The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health program is an NIH-funded research career development program that provides mentored training and support to early career investigators in women's health to aid the transition to research independence. The University of Maryland has been a BIRCWH site since 2002. During that time, our program has recruited and trained 19 outstanding early career Scholars. Scholar research addresses a wide range of topics including breast cancer, hormonal influences on sleep, cervical cancer, mood disorders, non-cardiac vascular disease, body muscle composition and risk of hip fracture, temporomandibular pain and analgesic response, hormonal regulation of sexually dimorphic psychiatric disorders, and the relationship between maternal mental health and nutrition. Their success is evident in the more than 35 independent proposals funded and the more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles published during their tenure as BIRCWH Scholars.