The Connors Center IGNITE Awards
Investigating female-specific or sex-differentiated effects in novel therapeutics
Sponsored by the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology is pleased to announce a request for research proposals (RFP) from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) research community.
The goal of this newly launched IGNITE Awards program is to advance understanding of female-specific and sex-differentiated effects in novel therapeutics. These IGNITE investigations will be the first to leverage the Connors Center’s emerging First-in-Women Precision Medicine Platform.
In 2018, the review panel selected the following two investigators to receive one-year awards of up to $25,000:
Tianyi Huang, ScD (Channing Division of Network Medicine): Association of Childhood Abuse with Plasma Metabolomics in Women
Pamela Mahon, PhD (Department of Psychiatry): Linking the Roles of HPA-axis Response and GABAergic Function in Women
The RFP for the next round of WHISPR awards will be released in February 2019.
The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Symposium and Finalists’ Pitch Presentations for the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR). Please join us for a keynote presentation entitled “Trauma and Women’s Health: Life Course Burden Within and Across Generations” by Karestan Koenen, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. This will be followed by brief pitch presentations from finalist applicants for the first WHISPR research awards. A panel of reviewers will select the top two applicants from among the four presenting to receive one-year grants of up to $25,000.
The goal of this newly-launched Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR) is to advance our understanding of how physiologic and psychological stress affect women’s health and disease, and vice versa, by supporting pilot projects, facilitating interactions among WHISPR investigators and other stress researchers, and hosting an annual scientific symposium for the BWH academic community.
For questions about the Connors Center Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR), please contact Kristen Avevor, Sr. Administrative Assistant to Hadine Joffe, MD MSc, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 10: Dr. Hanni Stoklosa discusses how medical practitioners can be in the dark about the sex-trafficking industry in the US in the Redbook magazine article "How a Normal Rhode Island Girl Got Sold into Sex Trafficking." The article, originally published in Marie Claire magazine, is part of Trafficked, a five-part MarieClaire.com series exploring personal accounts of sex trafficking all over the world.
October 7: Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin discusses with Healthline why girls are more at risk for a variety of sports injuries than boys in the recent article "Girls More Prone to Sports Injuries — Here’s Why." The article looks at a number of factors for the increasing rates as well as prevention programs to reduce the risk of getting hurt.
In May, the Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health and Gender Biology hosted the Sex Differences Methods Workshop to address sex differences in experimental design. The event featured a keynote address from Doris Taylor, PhD, from the Texas Heart Institute, talks by BWH experts on sex differences in basic and population research, and a speed networking session for attendees to meet with BWH experts and seek their advice. Jill Goldstein, PhD, is the chair of the Connors-BRI Center and is the director of research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. The workshop and the work of Dr. Goldstein and the Connors-BRI Center are featured in the June 2016 issue of BWH Clinical & Research News: Sex Differences Methods Workshop: Embracing a Sea of Change in Biomedical Research.
Dr. Hanni Stoklosa was featured on Marketplace and in the BWH Clincial & Research News. In both pieces, Dr. Stoklosa highlights the importance of identifying victims of human trafficking in clinical settings. She urges for the development of national protocols to diagnose and treat human trafficking victims.
The Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is proud to present "Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women’s Health Can’t Wait." The report provides compelling evidence that the science that informs medicine—including the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease—routinely fails to consider the crucial impact of sex and gender.
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