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The Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research has two openings in its Health Disparities Research Scholars (HDRS) T32 postdoctoral training program for 2014. This training program, funded by NICHD, is designed to provide postdoctoral training in interdisciplinary research that addresses health equity and/or disparities in health status and health outcomes. Candidates must be able to devote full-time effort to this program for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.

Please send inquiries to CWHDR@obgyn.wisc.edu.

See the RFA for additional information and eligibility requirements. Application procedures may be found here


The University of Wisconsin Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program is excited to welcome Dr. Vivian Pinn as keynote speaker for the 2013 BIRCWH Symposium on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Health Sciences Learning Center room 1325. Dr. Pinn will speak from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by talks and poster presentations by BIRCWH scholars and women’s health researchers from UW and beyond.

Dr. Pinn, MD, a pioneer in women's health and health equity whose work intersects and parallels that of the UW BIRCWH program and its director, Dr. Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD. As the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Pinn has been the driving force for women’s health research at the NIH.

Please join us to celebrate and discuss groundbreaking work in women’s health.

Also, we invite abstract submissions (by August 15, 2013) from all areas of women's health research including basic, clinical and translational science, epidemiology, health disparities and social sciences, health services, and health policy. One poster award will be given for the best poster submitted by a trainee. A $250 prize will be awarded the recipient along with a certificate commemorating the honor. For more information, download the official call for abstracts.


Fathima Wakeel, PhD, MPH, a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology-affiliated Center for Women's Health and Health Disparities Research, appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Dr. Wakeel discussed her research in the area of “personal capital”— a set of internal resources (such as self-esteem and mastery, or a sense of control over circumstances) and social resources (such as partner support, social network support, and neighborhood support) that may help women better cope with stress during pregnancy.

Archived audio of the interview is available.

Read more about Dr. Wakeel’s research.


Abiola Keller, PA-C, MPH, PhD, T32 Health Disparities Research Scholar, was awarded the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Research Pilot Award from UW ICTR. Her project is titled "Enhancing Patient-Provider Communication Among Diverse Groups of Depressed Women."

Dana Garbarski

Dana Garbarski, PhD, T32 Health Disparities Research Scholar is a co-winner of this year's Lumpkin Award for the best dissertation in the Wisconsin Sociology Department. Dana Garbarski's dissertation, "Dynamic and Dyadic Relationships: An Extension of the Socioeconomic Status-Health Relationship," was written under the supervision of Ted Gerber.

Selected Publications

Tarini, B.A., Brooks, M.A., Bundy, D.G. (2012). Fair or foul? A policy impact analysis of the mandatory NCAA sickle cell trait screening program. Health Services Research, 47(1 Pt 2), 446-461. PMCID: PMC3288389.

Garbarski, D, and Whitney W.P. “Does child health status moderate effects of maternal marital and socioeconomic factors on maternal health?” Journal of Family Issues. 2013; 34(4). (Forthcoming).

Saha S, Psonak A, Craighead M, Colsen C, Kalra A, LaBarbera D. (2013) Patient and Referring Provider Satisfaction with a Gastrointestinal Consultation Clinic for Pregnant Patients. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 112(2); 23-26.

Roti Roti, E.C., Leisman, S. K., Abbott, D. H., & Salih S. M. (2012). Acute doxorubicin insult in the mouse ovary is cell- and follicle-type dependent. PLoS One, 7(8), e42293. PMCID: PMC3410926.

Tyler, C., Kapur, A., Felder, M., Belisle, J.A., Trautman, C., Gubbels, J.A., Connor, J.P., Patankar, M.S. (2012). The mucin MUC16 (CA125) binds to NK cells and monocytes from peripheral blood of women with healthy pregnancy and preeclampsia. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 68(1), 28-37. PMCID: PMC3370110

Wakeel, F, Witt, WP, Wisk, LE, Lu, MC, Chao, SM. Racial and ethnic disparities in personal capital during pregnancy: findings from the 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Study. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2012. (Epub ahead of print) PMID:23504131

Contact Us

Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD
Founder, Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research

310 Midvale
Madison, WI 53705

Phone: 608-262-7573
Email: CWHDR@obgyn.wisc.edu

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