Program Themes

Our theme, which unites the mentors involved in the WUSM Program, is the translation of basic research into patient-oriented, clinical research to improve women’s health.  This uniting concept is shared by our specific focal areas of expertise including: 1) Women’s Infectious Diseases; 2) Endometrial Cancer: Genetics and Cancer Disparities; 3) Developmental Biology: Stem Cells and Origins of Adult Disease; 4) Behavioral Health, Health Disparities and Contraception; 5) Developmental Neurology and Maternal Fetal Physiology; and 6) Placental Biology and Maternal Fetal Interaction. The main objective in amassing this group of mentors was that the research base must be broad and relevant to current and future areas of women's reproductive health. The secondary objective was that the environment should be one that will stimulate and increase the interactions between basic scientists and clinical investigators likely to benefit from mentored research career development. This Phase II component, combined with the didactics of Phase I in which all scholars will participate, uses the strengths of our basic science tradition at WUSM and of the translational emphasis placed on clinical medicine to produce an outstanding opportunity for significant career development. The graphic links to details on our expert mentors and their areas of focus as they pertain to women’s reproductive health. All are senior scientists with extensive experience in educational and career development training.

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