NIH Names UC as One of Twelve Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Centers
Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholars
is one of the twelve women’s health research center programs awarded
funding by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
(NICHD) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National
Institutes of Health. The NIH has awarded a total of $4 million per
year to the twelve centers for the next five years. The program at UC
Medical Center will receive a five-year total of approximately $1.5
million. These NIH-funded women’s health research centers will enhance
the research skills and expertise of obstetrician/gynecologists and
enable them to become competitive and successful in research careers.
The funds will also help educate the next generation of investigators
in obstetrics and gynecology in a national effort to advance research
in women’s reproductive health.
Robert Rebar, MD, professor and director of the University of
Cincinnati Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and principal
investigator of the grant at UC says, "I am delighted that UC has been
chosen by the NIH as one of the two Women’s Reproductive Health
Research Center sites in the Midwest. These centers will provide
universities with the opportunity to build programs for developing new
investigators in women’s health research."
Leslie Myatt, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics,
and molecular and cellular physiology at UC, wrote the NIH grant
proposal and will serve as the UC program director. He says, "Women’s
health research is currently an underserved area due to a lack of
trained investigators in obstetrics and gynecology. The primary
emphasis of this program is to enhance the basic research skills and
expertise of the scholars in the principles and techniques of modern
molecular medicine which they can then apply to a clinical problem in
women’s health." NIH funds awarded to UC have been matched by the UC
College of Medicine and will add three new research scholars to the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
UC currently has approximately $27 million dollars in sponsored
research in areas relating to women’s health, including the
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Network, which studies problems in pregnancy,
and the Women’s Health Initiative, a multicenter study investigating
the effects of diet and hormone replacement on cancer and bone
fracture. UC has consistently ranked among the top five departments of
obstetrics and gynecology in funding awarded by the NIH. "This award
recognizes the national reputation of our department," says Myatt.
The eleven other new Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career
Development Centers are located at: Magee-Women’s Hospital in
Pittsburgh; Oregon Health Sciences University; Stanford University;
University of California in San Francisco; University of California in
Los Angeles; University of Pennsylvania; University of Texas Health
Sciences Center at Houston; University of Texas, Medical Branch,
Galveston; University of Washington; Wake Forest University School of
Medicine; and Wayne State in Michigan.
According to the NICHD, once the centers are established, research
candidates will apply directly to the sites for the opportunity to
participate in the programs. Investigators with established research
programs will serve as mentors and advisors at each new center. For more information on the Women’s Reproductive Health Scholars program at UC, call (513) 558-6587.