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Young MCW researchers in women’s health to benefit from William Randolph Hearst Award

June 24, 2013 College News - Investigators in the Women’s Health Research Program will have the opportunity to compete for seed funding for new research projects, thanks to a $100,000 grant the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) recently received from The Hearst Foundation, Inc. The grant establishes the William Randolph Hearst Award in Women’s Health Research at MCW, which will be used to support promising research to improve the health and well-being of women.

Women and men have unique health concerns. Women age differently, metabolize drugs differently and are affected by disease differently than men. Many diseases place a heavier burden on women, including heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and osteoporosis. Women’s health research seeks to identify better clinical practices and achieve better outcomes for women.

Under the leadership of Janet S. Rader, MD, the Jack A. and Elaine D. Klieger Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MCW’s Women’s Health Research Program is building bridges across medical and scientific disciplines to develop research-based solutions to major physical, behavioral and environmental health issues affecting women and girls.

“The Hearst Foundation grant will provide funding to establish new programs and collaborations to improve the health of women in our community,” Dr. Rader said.

The Women’s Health Research Program is building momentum for efforts to:

  • Improve women’s health through population health research and public health intervention, especially as it pertains to access to care among underserved populations in Milwaukee;
     
  • Develop the region’s leading maternal and fetal health program;
     
  • Address the major health care challenges women face as they age;
     
  • Create a world-class gynecological cancer research program; and
     
  • Provide hope for couples facing fertility issues.

“There are many opportunities to advance medical knowledge about women’s health today, and we are confident that MCW can nurture the research of those early in their careers as they work toward important new discoveries,” said Alison N. Yu, Program Officer for the William Randolph Hearst Foundations.

The William Randolph Hearst Award in Women’s Health Research will be open to MCW investigators still early in their careers who are not currently funded by a major federal grant for women’s health research. The award will provide essential dollars these junior faculty members need to launch their research programs and gather the data needed to apply for larger National Institutes of Health grants.

“Even though women make up more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, research dedicated specifically to women’s health is relatively new,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President at MCW. “The Hearst Foundation is helping to accelerate this field by making grants available for new ideas ready to launch.”

The Hearst Foundation, Inc. is one of two private, independent Hearst Foundations that provide philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation created an endowed scholarship that has helped MCW students from diverse backgrounds since 1994.

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