Women's Health Research Program (WHRP)

2010-2011 Funding Awards

Three protocols have been awarded funding for 2010-2011. The successful applicants are:

  • Functional Density: A New Paradigm in the Study and Understanding of Mammographic Breast Density and its Importance in Breast Cancer
    Principal Investigator: Carrie Hruska, Ph.D.
    Co-Principal Investigators/Mentors: Karthik Ghosh, M.D.; Celine Vachon, Ph.D.; Cindy Tortorelli, M.D.; Robert Maxwell, M.D.; Carol Reynolds, M.D.; Michael O'Connor, Ph.D.; Deborah Rhodes, M.D.
  • Biomarkers of Fetomaternal Tolerance: Implications for the Novel Development of Immunologic Cancer Therapies
    Principal Investigator: Shernan Holtan, M.D.
    Co-Principal Investigators/Mentors: Svetomir Markovic, M.D.; Douglas Creedon, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The Genetic Basis of the Common Forms of Migraine: Genotype-Phenotype Correlation for Sex-based Differences and Variation in Gonadal Hormonal Pathways
    Principal Investigator: Amy Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Co-Principal Investigator: F. Michael Cutrer, M.D.

Mayo Clinic Office of Women's Health offers a funding opportunity to foster interdisciplinary sex-based or women's health research. Grants are available for study-related expenses with the expectation that the WHRP will lead to extramural funding. The overarching goal of the WHRP is to expand the research portfolio of Women's Health at Mayo Clinic. Protocols that foster interdisciplinary collaboration across departments and/or divisions are likely to result in publications in peer reviewed journals and/or generate preliminary data intended for a future R01, R21 or similar award will be prioritized.

2010 Eligibility

  • Physician/scientist or allied health staff with doctoral or postdoctoral training. Awards in 2010 limited to Rochester staff. Fellows and residents may apply with an identified mentor with academic rank of Associate or Full Professor. Supplemental funding considered for existing studies meeting award goals.
  • Letter of commitment required by department/division chair and administrator, including statement of supplemental resources necessary (including dedicated time) to successfully implement proposed research.

2010 Funding

  • Research funding up to $35,000 per year is available with the opportunity to apply for 2nd year funding. Awards based on priority scores with funding decisions made by the WHRP Executive Committee. Funding may not be used toward PI salary/benefit support or salary/benefit support for new research fellows or paramedical positions. Applicants are encouraged to obtain 10 percent research time from their department/division, if needed, to complete the proposed research. Indirect expenses for awards funded prior to September 1, 2010 will be 20 percent, and 30 percent thereafter.
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore department/division supports available for research implementation and career advancement in conjunction with the submission to WHRP.

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