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Madison, Wis. — Women's health researchers from Midwestern universities and UW-Madison departments will gather at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health on Thursday, September 12 for the 2013 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH—pronounced, "birch") Symposium.

The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, the first full-time director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health (8 to 9 a.m.), followed by talks and poster presentations covering a broad range of topics in the medical, behavioral, and social sciences relevant to women's health.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the UW-Madison Health Sciences Learning Center (room 1325). The BIRCWH program is a mentored career-development program. It connects junior faculty, known as "BIRCWH Scholars," to senior faculty with shared research interests in women's health and sex differences research. Since its creation in 2000, the BIRCWH program has awarded grants to 39 institutions. The University of Wisconsin BIRCWH program is unique in that its particular focus is on health disparities.

BIRCWH program director Dr. Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD,—a UW-Madison graduate (B.S., 1955; M.D., 1958; Ph.D. 1971) and trailblazer in women's health—worked with Dr. Pinn and the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues in establishing the Office of Research on Women's Health. Sarto is a professor emerita and former chair of the UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob-Gyn), which houses the BIRCWH program and the Center for Women's Health and Health Disparities Research, also directed by Sarto. In addition to her work at UW-Madison, Sarto has held faculty and leadership positions in the departments of Ob-Gyn at Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico. She was the first woman elected president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. In 2000, the American Medical Women's Association awarded her the Lila A. Wallis Women's Health Award for lifetime achievement in women's health and research.

Prior to her work with NIH, Vivian Pinn was the first African-American woman to chair an academic pathology department in the United States, at Howard University College of Medicine. She has also held positions at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. Pinn was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In 1995, she received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women's Association, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine the same year.

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Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD
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Phone: 608-262-7573

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