Women’s Health Research Day 2023

The Body Tells the Story:

The Toll of Harassment and Trauma on Women’s Health

April 17, 2023 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm CST

Student Center West Thompson Rooms ABC 2nd Floor, 828 W. Wolcott Ave

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in partnership with the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program are pleased to announce the 5th Annual UIC Women’s Health Research Day.

When the Heart Breaks: Trauma, Violence, and Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Rebecca Thurston, PhD

Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Women’s Health and Dementia and Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology and Psychology

Workplace Harassment and Health

Kathleen Rospenda, PhD
Professor of Psychology, UIC Department of Psychiatry

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations: Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited to submit an abstract on their basic, clinical or translational research in women’s health or sex- or gender medicine. The top two abstracts will be selected for brief (5-minute) oral presentations and will be awarded $200. Others will participate in poster presentations with the top two posters also receiving recognition in certificates.

Registration: Registration is free. Advance registration required.

Register here.

Abstract deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023

Submit abstracts and posters here.

Questions? Please contact Willow Alber-Martin at walber3@uic.edu.


The University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) women’s health and sex/gender-based research career development program, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), is an NIH-funded, K12 training grant to mentor scientists in women’s health and sex/gender-based health research. The UIC BIRCWH program trains a diverse group of junior faculty scholars to become independent women’s health or sex/gender-based research investigators. The program consists of a core and tailored curriculum, research training, mentoring (by a team of two or more senior women’s health or sex/gender-based health researchers), individualized career planning, and a research project.


The overall goal of the UIC BIRCWH Program is to align with the 2019-23 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research to “promote training and careers to develop a well-trained, diverse, and robust workforce to advance science for the health of women” (NIH ORWH, 2019). Through evidence-based mentoring practices, innovative training strategies, and strong internal and external multidisciplinary collaborations, the UIC BIRCWH improves recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and URMs as scientists and academic leaders in interdisciplinary women’s health and sex/gender differences research.

Our long-term objective is to promote training and career development of a new generation of researchers equipped with the knowledge and career skills necessary to advance science for the health of women in the next decade and beyond. We are based in the UIC College of Medicine, but draw on the interdisciplinary strengths of UIC’s seven health colleges.


Our scholars and mentors represent a diversity of disciplines from each of the six health colleges at UIC. Our past success directing the BIRCWH from 2007-2017 fostered the academic careers of 18 Scholars (33% under-represented minorities; URM). Their success is evident in 24 NIH grants as Principal Investigator and 32 as Co-Investigator, as well as numerous non-NIH grants (55 as PI and 50 as Co-I), and 510 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts (131 as first author). We also have a record of success mentoring in the UIC-funded Women’s Health Research (WHR) Associates Program which supported eight Associates (38% URM) and the UIC-funded Bridge Program which has supported three Scholars to date.