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3rd Annual VCU Women’s Health Research Day, a celebration and promotion of research activities in Women's Health at VCU. The event was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 from 12:30 to 5:00 pm at the Medical Sciences Building on the MCV Campus - 1217 E. Marshal Street.

Carolyn Mazure, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Director, Women’s Health Research, Yale University provided the keynote address and a panel of women's health researchers discussing “Tips and Strategies for Research Success” featured: Judy Bradford, PhD ( Epidemiology & Community Health ); Laura Siminoff, PhD (Social & Behavioral Health); and Elizabeth McGee, MD (OB/GYN).

Women's Health Research Day flyer

Women’s Health Research Day Co-Chairs are: Dr. Robert W. Downs, Jr., Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Dr. Joann Bodurtha, Professor of Human Genetics.

Women's Health Research Day News


The Institute for Women’s Health announces community based research seed grant awards.

The Institute for Women’s Health announced the recipients of our first seed grant program, fostering excellence in community - based participatory research in women’s health. We are very excited about the opportunity to provide $86,000 in awards to nine VCU faculty and students. The awards include one demonstration project developed to serve as the rallying point for the program.  These projects will bridge academia with pressing community needs and contribute to improving the health of women and girls in our community, playing a critical role in the Institute’s goal of community engagement. We look forward to fostering new partnerships that promote a participatory, cooperative , and co-learning process for VCU researchers and our community partners.

VCU Institute for Women’s Health Awards $86,000 in Community-Based Research Grants to Improve Health of Women and Girls Women's Health Community Based Awards News

Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award

Awarded for the graduate student, fellow, post-doc, or assistant professor whose research shows the most promise to improve women's health.  

This year's recipient was Sarah Joyner, a cardiology fellow in the department of Internal Medicine. Sarah’s collaborators were Michael C. Kontos, F. Philip Anderson, James L. Tatum, Joseph P. Ornato, and Robert L. Jesse. Representing 4 departments: Internal Medicine Division of Cardiology, Pathology, Radiology, and Emergency Medicine

Poster Title: "Higher Prevalence of Unstable Angina Compared to Non-ST Elevantion MI in women is in Part Explained by Smaller MI Size"

Poster # 2: View abstract

Sarah received a certificate as well as a generous stipend donated by Liz Fries' husband, Dr. Viktor Bovbjerg, to cover the registration and travel costs for Sarah to present her work at a scientific conference.

Honorable Mention recognition went to:

Antonio Abbate MD, Internal Medicine, for " Reduced Post- Infarction Myocar5dial Apoptosis in Women: A Clue to Their Different Clinical Course."

Poster # 1: View abstract

Juhi Shukla, Physiology and OB/GYN, for “ The Neutrophil Products, myeloperoxidase and Matrix Metalloproteinase 8, are Increased in systemic Vasculature of Preeclamptic Women.

Poster # 43: View abstract

List of all poster presentations

Download abstracts for all poster presentations (large file)

Sponsored by the VCU Institute for Women's Health, A National Center of Excellence designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  

For more information, contact Janett Forte: or 804.327.8843

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last updated: January 27, 2014