The Institute has made research a priority and has built an infrastructure that facilitates and supports women’s health research across both VCU campuses. This includes building relationships with investigators and utililzing interdisciplinary research capabilities in women’s health. IWH remains involved with a number of initiatives intended to enhance the University’s research grant submission capacity, such as actively supporting the submission of the CTSA grant by providing information for the women’s health portion of the grant. More importantly, the IWH executive director is part of the CTSA executive committee, solidifying the already collaborative relationship. One example of the CCTR and IWH collaboration is the theme of the IWH 6th Annual Women’s Health Research Day (WHRD). This annual event will be highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary research for NIH funding and for the advancement of women’s health research.
Highlighting women’s health research are the Journal of Women’s Health for which the executive director serves as editor-in-chief, and Women’s Health 2010: The 18th Annual Congress being held in March, which the Institute is sponsoring this year in collaboration with National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association.
The Institute offers a variety of services that support and facilitate the submission of externally funded grant submissions for VCU researchers. Additionally, the Institute actively engages with early stage women’s health scholars providing mentorship, training, and infrastructure support to submit research grants. Primarily the Institute has been engaged with and supportive of the VCU BIRCWH and AWHARE programs. Two rounds of community-based seed grants were also sponsored by the Institute.
The Institute invites all VCU researchers interested in women’s health research to become a part of this exciting and innovative community and take advantage of the resources and opportunities available through the Institute of Women’s Health.
For additional information or assistance with research grant development/submission contact:
Active Grant Development Work Groups
- Caffeine and Women’s Health
- Exercise and Nutrition
- Reproductive Health and Sexual Dysfunction
RaShel Charles, Director of Grants Managment
Phone: 804-827-2241 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org