Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health

K12 - Institutional Career Development Program


Don't miss the

2018 UNC/Duke/NCCU Annual BIRCWH Symposium

on January 26, 2018 from 1 to 6 pm
at the Washington Duke Inn


This annual symposium is held for the benefit of all members of the UNC, NCCU, and Duke BIRCWH programs – scholars, leaders, and mentors. It is just another way the three universities can share resources to nurture the careers of junior faculty at all institutions while bringing fresh perspectives to the field of women’s health.

Keynote Speaker: Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA; Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

BIRCWH Alumni Speakers:
Geeta Swamy, MD; Associate Professor, Ob-Gyn, Senior Associate Dean for Regulatory Oversight & Research Initiatives in Clinical Research, Duke University
Stephanie Zerwas, PhD; Associate Professor, Clinical Director for Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, UNC Chapel Hill


The Duke University School of Medicine and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) are recipients of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant. The BIRCWH program is led by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), along with nearly a dozen other NIH Institutes and Centers. The BIRCWH is a K12 Institutional Training Grant that provides junior faculty at Duke or NCCU 75% salary support (50% for surgical specialties) for up to $100.000 per year for a minimum of two years. The program provides research development support to pursue research careers related to women's health and builds upon existing interdisciplinary faculty relationships to foster productive and innovative collaborations.

The purpose of the BIRCWH Faculty Development Program is to promote the career development of junior faculty pursuing interdisciplinary research in Women’s Health leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease. The BIRCWH also aims to strengthen the Women’s Health Research enterprise at Duke and NCCU. The BIRCWH Program provides advanced training, mentoring, and career guidance. BIRCWH research spans the entire spectrum of Women’s Health topics, and the program is open to all types of clinicians and non-clinicians.


The BIRCWH program invites junior faculty interested in a research career in women's health to inquire about the program. Underrepresented Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Duke University offers equal opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, handicaps or national origin. We currently do not have an open position but invite Letters of Intent  at any time.    We will contact you to let you know if you would be eligible and will be happy to answer any questions.


PI of the Duke/NCCU BIRCWH award:  Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Site-PI NCCU:  Kevin P. Williams, Ph.D.
Program Director: Cindy Amundsen, M.D. 
Program Coordinator:  Friederike Jayes, Ph.D.
Forward any questions to the BIRCWH Program Coordinator 

BIRCWH Advisory Board 
BIRCWH Mentors 

Duke/NCCU BIRCWH Scholars

Online Courses:  "The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health"

Annual UNC/Duke/NCCU BIRCWH symposium  - click here -

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