Tulane University Building Interdisciplinary Research
Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program
The Tulane BIRCWH Program provides mentored career development for junior faculty to increase the number of highly trained independent investigators in sex/ gender differences and women's health in the field of cardiovascular and related diseases. Our program is dedicated to promoting research and the transfer of findings related to Women's Health by promoting research independence among junior investigators. In order to improve the quality and increase the quantity of Women's Health research, Tulane BIRCWH bridges the period between advanced training and research independence, as well as links professions, scientific disciplines and areas of interest for selected scholars. The common theme running throughout the various research areas is interdisciplinary research on cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and renal disease. In addition to our long-term goal of increasing the number of skilled, independent interdisciplinary investigators, we are also committed to promoting, through the BIRCWH Program's illustration, the awareness of the need to ensure a strong pipeline when fostering entities; establishing institutional and individual renown both nationally and internationally for the BIRCWH Program's findings on CVD and Women's Health and improving the cardiovascular health of Louisiana women across the lifespan, particularly African American women, by effectively training the next generation of conscientious, culturally competent and independent academic Women's Health researchers.
Message from the PI
Tonette Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
Welcome to the Tulane BIRCWH website! The Tulane BIRCWH was established in 2002 with funding as a K12 program from the National Institutes of Health. Its long-term goals are to increase the number and diversity of highly trained, culturally competent, independent, interdisciplinary investigators in Women’s Health with an emphasis on Sex Differences research across the lifespan in the field of cardiovascular and related diseases. The career development program is designed to prepare leaders and scientists who are capable of conducting high quality research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. The Scholars learn cutting-edge research methods and skills from Bench (cellular, molecular, and genetics), to Bedside (clinical research and clinical trials) to Population (epidemiology and prevention services, and health economics). In addition, they acquire skills necessary for an academic career (e.g. grant writing, responsible conduct in research and leadership), and conduct their own research projects in established laboratories/research groups in a mentored, interdisciplinary environment. Tulane BIRCWH program has a strong foundation through interdisciplinary relationships and partnerships among the Tulane School of Medicine, the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, Xavier University (the only historically Black Catholic College in the US), and Tulane’s Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Education Center (Women’s Center). The BIRCWH program serves as a model for career development at Tulane and is vital to bridging the gap between research training and research independence for early career investigators. >>more