University of Pittsburgh PITT HOME  |  FIND PEOPLE  |  CONTACT US  
 
Health Sciences @ Pitt   |    UPMC   |    HSLS   |    Magee-Womens Research Institute   |    Health Sciences Calendar   |    Our News & Events  
 
HOME
ANNOUNCEMENT
BIRCWH PROGRAM
APPLICATION PROCESS
CURRENT SCHOLARS
BIRCWH ALUMNI
LEADERSHIP/ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
BIRCWH Program
divider bar
 
bullet point  About BIRCWH
a dividing bar
 
 
The University of Pittsburgh's NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Program (K12) is currently accepting applications for 2016.

We are currently accepting applications from junior faculty across the University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences who wish to pursue a career in basic, translational, clinical and/or health services research relevant to women's health. The program will enable faculty scholars to engage in research at 75% of their academically-defined time for a period of 2-3 years. (Note that BIRCWH research effort may be reduced to 50% FTE for faculty in surgical specialities such as general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, etc.) Funds are provided for scholar salary support, research expenses, coursework and travel.

Interested candidates should contact the Program Coordinator, Lori Rideout (Rideoutl@mwri.magee.edu / 412-641-2675) for application materials and important information regarding NIH program funding. The application deadline is 5 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016.
 
Contact Information
Lori Rideout
Program Coordinator
412-641-2675
rideoutl@mwri.magee.edu
Magee-Womens Research Institute,  204 Craft Avenue,  Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 
Links
  • Application Process
  •  
      to topto top
     
    bullet point  Purpose
    a dividing bar
     
     
    The purpose of Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health in Pittsburgh (BIRCWH @ Pitt) program is to equip talented University of Pittsburgh faculty Scholars to be independent investigators in interdisciplinary research in women’s health. The program encompasses basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and health services research in reproductive sciences and women’s health, spanning embryonic life to advanced age.

    Scholars, who are supported for a minimum of two years, are able to take advantage of the extraordinary environment at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and Magee-Womens Research Institute as they work with a personalized mentorship team and supportive program advisory committee members to develop a research program that is not only relevant to the Scholar’s research interests in women’s health, but will serve as the foundation for the Scholar’s independence.
     
    Contact Information
      to topto top
     
    bullet point  Eligibility Criteria
    a dividing bar
     
     
    At the time of the appointment, BIRCWH Scholar candidates must:
    • Have a clinical doctorate, or a PhD degree or its equivalent;
    • Have completed any postgraduate training normally expected for a faculty appointment in their field (including clinical or postdoctoral fellowship training, or residency if they have chosen not to subspecialize);
    • Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree (candidates who have had a career hiatus for special circumstances may be exceptions, please inquire with the program coordinator)
    • Hold, or be scheduled to start a faculty appointment within the University of Pittsburgh’s six Schools of the Health Sciences (Grad School of Public Health, School of Dental Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy).
    • Be able to spend at least 9 person months (or at least 6 person months for surgical-specialties) of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development activities;
    • Not be or have been a PD/PI on an R01, R29 or subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, independent mentored career development (K-series) grants, or other equivalent research grant awards; except for R03 and R21;
    • Be a U.S. citizen or noncitizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

    Generally, new Scholar appointments will have start dates four times a year; January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. The program maintains funding for four Scholars at a time. The current recruitment cycle is for a July 1, 2015 appointment date.
     
      to topto top
     
    bullet point  Mechanisms of Support
    a dividing bar
     
     

    1. Salary Support: The BIRCWH program will provide salary and fringe benefits for the Scholar. The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12-month staff appointment. BIRCWH will provide up to 75% of the NIH maximum Scholar salary (75% of $100K + fringe benefits). The Scholar’s home department must supplement the BIRCWH salary contribution to a level that is consistent with that department’s salary scale. Departmental supplementation of a salary may not require duties or responsibilities that would interfere with the purpose of BIRCWH or the requirement that 75% effort be spent on women’s health research or related career development activities. (Note: BIRCWH research effort may be reduced to 50% FTE for faculty in surgical specialties such as general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, etc.)

    2. Tuition and fees: Scholars will participate in curriculum consisting of coursework, workshops and lectures. Scholars will be required to complete core coursework, as well as coursework specific to their research themes and in accordance with the depth of their pursuit of scientific knowledge. Since Scholars will hold junior level faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, they will be eligible for tuition assistance for their coursework. The tuition benefit covers the majority of the tuition costs (90%), with some limitations (i.e., assistance is applicable to first six credits per term, fees and materials are not included, assistance in excess of $5,250 per calendar year is taxable). Each Scholar is provided $750 per year to cover coursework costs.

    BIRCWH Required coursework
    (Offered via University of Pittsburgh CTSI, se http://www.icre.pitt.edu/courses/courses.aspx)
    Department Course Title (h)
    ICRE/CTSI Ethics and Regulations in Clinical Research (1 h)
    ICRE/CTSI From Benchtop to Bedside (3 h)
    ICRE/CTSI Medical Writing and Presentation Skills (1 h)
    ICRE/CTSI Making the Most of Mentoring (1 h)

    Suggested coursework
    Scholars should work with their mentors to identify additional coursework relevant to their project. Suggestions listed below should not be considered all-inclusive.
    Department Course Title (h)
    Bioethics Bioethics
    Biostatistics Introduction to Statistical Methods 1
    Interdis Biomed Sci Introduction to Biocomputing
    Interdis Mol Biol Approaches in Molecular Biology
    ID and Microbiol Mol Biology of Microbial Pathogens
    Cell Biol Physiol Topics in Integrative Physiology
    Bioc Mol Genetics Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
    Biostatistics Introduction to Statistical Methods 2
    Biostatistics Statistical Micro-array Analysis
    Biostatistics Statistical Bioinformatics Data Mining
    Biostatistics Introduction to Statistical Methods 2
    Biostatistics Statistical Micro-array Analysis
    Biostatistics Statistical Bioinformatics Data Mining
    Bioch & Mol Genet Biochemistry of Macromolecules
    Bioch & Mol Genet Gene Delivery
    Human Genetics Mol Genetics of Complex Diseases
    Immunology Experimental Basis of Immunology


    3. Travel: Annual travel funds of $3,000 total will be provided for the Scholar to attend the annual NIH BIRCWH Program Meeting and one scientific meeting per year. The Scholar will consult with her/his mentor to identify those meetings that are most suitable and beneficial to the Scholar’s program.

    4. Research activity: The Program provides funds to support the Scholar’s research activities. This includes the purchase of laboratory supplies and reagents, as well as use of University and Institute core services (e.g., histology, flow cytometry, Imaging, Data Center's biostatistics program, etc.). Distribution of research funds is dependent upon salary and fringe benefits budgeted; the total annual BIRCWH funds available to scholars for FY2016 is estimated at $106,500 (see sample budget).

    5. Other support: The department supporting the candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the development of the candidate as a productive, independent investigator. The candidate’s department must agree to protect 75% of the scholar’s time for the BIRCWH project (50% allowable for surgical specialties), and cover any of her/his salary and necessary research expenses in excess of the NIH limit. This agreement is needed to ensure that the junior investigator has a salary commensurate to that of other junior faculty in the relevant department, to ensure provision of the appropriate technical support and supplies necessary to establish a productive research program, and to ensure that the total funds allocated to support each young investigator are within the program guidelines. In addition to salary and time, the department must provide office space and appropriate research space for the program recipient.
     
    Contact Information
      to topto top
     
    bullet point  Research Objectives
    a dividing bar
     
     
    1. Program: At least 75% of the recipient's full-time effort must be dedicated to the goals of this award. The remainder may be devoted to clinical or teaching responsibilities or to other research efforts. Because of the focus on progression to independence as a researcher, candidates must propose a period of study and career development consistent with his or her previous research experience. This may include exploratory activities to incorporate areas of scientific interests outside the candidate’s immediate area of specialization; that is, the development of a multi-disciplinary research program. The candidate and the mentor are jointly responsible for the preparation of the plan for this program. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to women's health research.

    2. Mentor: Each Scholar’s mentorship team will consist of one primary mentor and at least two supporting mentors. The Scholar will work with the primary mentor to submit the application’s research plan and budget. There will be at least one other research mentor with an interest in a relevant scientific discipline different than that of the primary mentor, thus enhancing the interdisciplinary aspects of the research plan. A third member of the mentoring team serves mainly as a career mentor. The BIRCWH Advisory Committee will assist the Scholar in assembling the mentoring team.

    Whereas progress review meetings between principal mentors and mentees will occur no less frequently then weekly, meetings with the full mentoring committee of principal and supporting mentors will occur at monthly intervals. This will allow the mentors to monitor the satisfactory progress of the experiments, and will also ensure that the Scholar can take advantage of supporting or alternative approaches that may be available through the supporting mentors or at other laboratories. Under the guidance of their mentors, each Scholar will develop a detailed research plan that will include a rich curriculum of course work and seminars, adjusted to their level of training. They will execute experiments, analyze and prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at local and national venues. Importantly, Scholars will work with their mentors and advisory committee to prepare and submit an independent research proposal.
     
      to topto top
     
    bullet point  Research Mentors
    a dividing bar
     
     
    Research Mentors

    Each Scholar’s mentorship team will consist of one primary mentor and at least two supporting mentors. The Scholar will work with the primary mentor to submit the application’s research plan and budget. There will be at least one other research mentor with an interest in a relevant scientific discipline different than that of the primary mentor, thus enhancing the interdisciplinary aspects of the research plan. A third member of the mentoring team serves mainly as a career mentor. The BIRCWH Advisory Committee will assist the Scholar in assembling the mentoring team.

    Whereas progress review meetings between principal mentors and mentees will occur no less frequently then weekly, meetings with the full mentoring committee of principal and supporting mentors will occur at monthly intervals. This will allow the mentors to monitor the satisfactory progress of the experiments, and will also ensure that the Scholar can take advantage of supporting or alternative approaches that may be available through the supporting mentors or at other laboratories. Under the guidance of their mentors, each Scholar will develop a detailed research plan that will include a rich curriculum of course work and seminars, adjusted to their level of training. They will execute experiments, analyze and prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at local and national venues. Importantly, Scholars will work with their mentors and advisory committee to prepare and submit an independent research proposal.

    A list of program mentors is provided below. However, additional mentors can be added based upon project needs, with the advisory committee’s approval. The mentor should be recognized as an accomplished investigator in the proposed research area and have a successful record in training independent investigators.


    BIRCWH @ Pitt Program Mentors
    Yoel Sadovsky, MD Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute
    Prof of OBGYN-RS, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine
    Catherine Bender, PhD Assistant Prof of Oncology Nursing, School of Nursing
    Lisa Bodnar, PhD Assistant Prof of Epidemiology, Psychiatry and OBGYN-RS, Grad School of Public Health
    Debra Bogen, PhD Assoc Prof of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    Joyce Bromberger, PhD Assistant Prof of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Grad School of Public Health
    Toni Darville, MD Prof of Pediatrics and Immunology, School of Medicine
    Nancy Davidson, MD Prof of Medicine, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
    School of Medicine
    Anthony Delitto, Pt, PhD Prof Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    Mark Gladwin, MD Prof of Medicine, School of Medicine
    Sharon Hillier, PhD Prof of OBGYN-RS and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine
    Adrian Lee, PhD Prof of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine
    Mary Marazita, PhD Prof of Dental Biology, Human Genetics and Psychiatry, School of Dental Health
    Karen Matthews, PhD Prof of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Psychology, School of Medicine
    Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD Assoc Prof of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
    Pamela Moalli, MD, PhD Assoc Prof of OBGYN-RS and Bioengineering, School of Medicine
    Ann B. Newman, MD Prof of Epidemiology and Medicine, Grad School of Public Health
    Steffi Oesterreich, PhD Prof of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine
    Kyle Orwig, PhD Assoc Prof of OBGYN-RS, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Developmental Biology, School of Medicine
    Tony Plant, PhD Prof of OBGYN-RS, and Cell Biology and Physiology, School of Medicine
    James Roberts, MD Prof of OBGYN-RS and Epidemiology, School of Medicine
    Lisa Rohan PhD Assoc Prof of Pharmaceutical Science and OBGYN-RS, School of Pharmacy
    Winston Thompson, PhD Assoc Prof of OBGYN, Morehouse School of Medicine
    Harold Wiesenfeld, MD Assoc Prof of OBGYN-RS, School of Medicine
     
      to topto top
     
     
     
      Top of page  |  Home  |  Contact Us Last Update 4/18/2016  
      © Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. All rights reserved.