Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group

Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group


WENDY BENNETT: When I
first started my fellowship in general internal medicine, I
met with the division director, Dr. Fred Brancati,
and I told him my interest in women’s health. And he said well, you
know, we don’t really do women’s health here. We do other things
like heart disease, and diabetes, and
kidney disease. But over time, he actually
really turned around and became one of our
biggest supporters, and really was a catalyst
for starting this group. So he gathered some
senior faculty together, including Donna Strobino in
the School of Public Health. And we started meeting pretty
frequently as a journal club, and doing research in progress,
and talking about our work, and really trying to foster
mentorship for trainees and junior faculty. Women’s Health Research
Group is very unique because we involve faculty
across all three schools. So we’re really a model
for the university in terms of doing
interdisciplinary research and networking across
the schools here. And in order to advance our
mission to foster and make an impact in women’s
health research, there are several areas
that we want to expand into. So first is we really want
to be able to continue all of the programming
that we’ve done, because it’s been innovative,
exciting, and really novel to continue our symposia,
our networking sessions, and the mentoring sessions. We’re also hoping to
expand our efforts. And we want to do this by
creating a pilot grant program so that people can apply. And they can start to talk about
some of their exciting ideas around interdisciplinary
research. And we can find people
that wouldn’t normally work together. So people doing innovative
cardiovascular research linking some folks from the
School of Public Health with people in the
School of Nursing, to bring them together around
a pilot project that then can move forward for an NIH
grant that’s larger, and that would fund
larger projects. We’re also hoping to
advance more training, to bring mentoring
opportunities here, and hopefully to do this
in a more focused way so that we can continue to
involve faculty from all three schools, but also have
a core set of goals that we find that are common,
moving forward, potentially and a larger women’s health
research center at Hopkins.

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