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Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program

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Nurse and patientThe WRHR Program was initiated in 1998 to provide the opportunity for obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) who recently completed postgraduate clinical training to further their education and experience in basic, translational, and clinical research. Program sites provide departments of OB/GYN with an opportunity to create a talented pool of junior investigators with expertise in women's reproductive health research. The WRHR Program is sponsored by the NICHD, through its Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (GHDB), and co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health using the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Program Award (K12) mechanism.

There are 15 current WRHR sites in departments of OB/GYN throughout the nation. The primary goal of these sites is to provide OB/GYN junior faculty with state of the art training in women’s reproductive health research in an academic setting and to increase the research capacity of clinically trained OB/GYNs. WRHR scholars represent a diverse group of physician-scientists from several subspecialties and emerging areas in OB/GYN; they pursue a broad range of basic science, translational, and/or clinical research topics. As of May 2013, 215 OB/GYN junior faculty have been appointed to the WRHR Program.

Topic Areas

The scope of the WRHR Program encompasses all areas of OB/GYN research. The focus is on scientific topics relevant to general OB/GYN and/or its subspecialties: maternal and fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology). Related fields such as perimenopause and adolescent gynecology are also of interest. Senior investigators from established research programs, which address a broad range of basic and applied biomedical and biobehavioral science, in OB/GYN and collaborating departments form an intellectual and technical research base for mentoring WRHR scholars.

Current Sites

2015 WRHR Program Sites

  • Georgia Regents University Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Plan
    Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia
    Michael P. Diamond, M.D. (PI):
    Nita Maihle, Ph.D. (Research Director):
  • Women's Reproductive Health Research K12 Program
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
    Aaron B. Caughey, M.D., Ph.D. (PI):
    Richard Stouffer, Ph.D. (Research Director):

More Information

Last Reviewed: 09/09/2015
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