Nita J. Maihle, PhD, serves as Research Director (PI, Michael Diamond, MD) on a newly awarded, 5-year, $1.7M NIH/NICHD K12 grant, “Georgia Regents University Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Plan.” This award makes GRU one of only 15 WRHR sites in the nation.
Project Description: As part of the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Program Award (K12) mechanism, the WRHR sites aim to increase the research capacity of clinically trained OB/GYNs. The funding awarded to GRU will support the development of a highly individualized research training plan for two qualified OB/GYN physicians. These WRHR Scholars will establish connections with other GRU early career investigators (ECIs), including those of other NIH-funded training programs at GRU (such as the NIHLBI ‘PRIDE’ program (Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research; B. Pace, PI, N. Maihle, Co-Director)), as well as those involved in the Komen-funded ‘Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer’ training program (N. Maihle PI and Director) to develop networking skills and peer-learning opportunities. The GRU site is particularly interested in developing the careers of OB/GYNs who, through their research, will help improve the care of women from underserved populations, including underrepresented minority women who constitute greater than 40% of the patient population within the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), GRU’s local region. Through the WRHR award, the GRU site is committed to making a positive and lasting impact on women’s reproductive health.