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The Institute has expanded its capacity to provide pre and post grant management services to women's health researchers at VCU. We actively engage with early stage women's health scholars providing mentorship, training, and infrastructure support to submit research grants. While the role of the Institute is based on the needs of each PI and grant submission requirements, our services include: 

  • Grant identification
  • Proposal development and tracking
  • Grant writing services (through the Center on Clinical and Translation Research)
  • Medical science editing (through the Center on Clinical and Translation Research
  • Budget preparation and development
  • Support with online and paper submission formats, including application packaging
  • Collection of biosketches, letters of support, and signatures
  • Correspondence with Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
  • Grant submission by deadline
  • Post award fiscal administration
  • Application, planning, and management

Four research workgroups were developed in 2010 to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations across VCU.  Research areas targeted include caffeine, exercise and nutrition, transgender health, and reproductive health and sexual dysfunction.  All workgroups explore the complexities of health related to women and girls and gender differences.

Research areas of interest identified by membership include caffeine, stress/anxiety, alcohol and nicotine. The investigation of these research areas will be conducted in a translational manner at the animal behavioral level, the human behavioral level as well as the human clinical level in conjunction with university populations and/or with Community Services Boards. 

Kenneth Kendler, M.D.,
Director, Psychiatric Genetics Research Program
Director, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

Dace Svikis, Ph.D
Director, Addiction and Women’s Health: Advancing Research
Evaluation Deputy Director, Institute for Women’s Health

Exercise and Nutrition
Research areas of interest identified by membership include translational research, middle age women, nutrition and epidemiology, stress, cancer prevention and prognosis (with life style changes), adolescents (teen program), and addiction.  

Diane Wilson Ed.D., M.S., R.D.
Associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Massey Cancer Center, VCU School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Performance

Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D
Chair, Department Health and Human Performance

The primary aim of the workgroup is to develop an HIV intervention specific for the Male to Female Transgender (MTF) Population, with a focus on African American/Black MTF. The advisory board consists of representatives from community and state entities that include Minority Health Consortium, Fan Free Clinic, Richmond City Health Department, Virginia Department of Health and members of the target population. 

Eric Benotsch, Ph.D
Director, Health Psychology Program

Reproductive Health and Sexual Dysfunction
This is newly forming research workgroup seeking to target research in vaginal biology, sexual dysfunction, and some pregnancy related topics designed to take advantage of specific funding opportunities.

Please contact RaShel Charles at 804-827-2241 for more information


Virginia Commonwealth University | Institute for Women's Health
Sanger Hall, 1st Floor
1101 E. Marshall St.
PO Box 980319
Richmond, VA 23298-0319
Phone: 804.827.1200
last updated: January 27, 2014