Welcome to the Oregon BIRCWH

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), in the Director's Office of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), established the BIRCWH Program  in 2002 to advance mentored research career development of junior faculty who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, behavioral, clinical, or health services research in women's health. The Oregon BIRCWH program is dedicated to training tomorrow's leaders in women's health research.

2020 BIRCWH Northwest Women's Health and Sex/Gender Differences Research Conference

Check back for more information on our 2020 conference!

This full-day conference is designed to ignite cross-institution, multidisciplinary research partnerships within the Portland area and the greater state of Oregon. Previous conferences have been incredibly successful in developing new partnerships that have progressed to grant proposals, funding, and research.

We use several innovative approaches to help investigators learn about other institutions and investigators to promote new collaborations: 

  • Nationally-recognized keynote speakers

  • Expert panelists from NW research organizations highlight current research activities and future opportunities

  • Round tables for participants and institutions to meet

  • Poster session for attendees to highlight current work

  • Research speed networking for attendees to meet others with shared interests

  • Dissemination of national and local funding opportunities

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Announcements and updates

We are currently accepting applications for a July 2020 appointment. Please check our Application Information page for information on how to apply!

Headshot for Dr. Zhenzhen Zhang

Congratulations to the newest addition to the Oregon BIRCWH program: Zhenzhen Zhang, PhD, MPH, MMed!

Dr. Zhang is an epidemiologist whose BIRCWH project is looking at the intersection between nutrition, gut microbiome, and women’s cancer. Learn about Dr. Zhang and her project here.

Congratulations to BIRCWH alumnus Michael Shapiro, DO on receiving the inaugural Fred M. Parrish Professorship of Cardiology and Molecular Medicine at Wake Forest University. Read more about Michael's work here.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 NW Women's Health and Sex/Gender Differences Research Conference on Thursday, May 16, 2019! The day was extremely successful and we hope to build upon these success in 2020.
Congratulations to all of our recently funded graduates!

News and events

2019 National BIRCWH Meeting in Bethesda, MD - December 11, 2019

2020 BIRCWH Northwest Women's Health and Sex/Gender Differences Research Conference - Date TBA

BIRCWH & WRHR joint peer-to-peer meetings - occur every other Friday from 1:00-2:30 p.m