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Greetings from the Powell Center for Women's Health - Quarterly E-Newsletter

Our quarterly e-news features Powell Center, UMN, Community, and National women's health events, news and highlights, funding opportunities, & research participation opportunities. Want to stay updated? Subscribe to our mailing list:

Request for Letters of Intent (LOI) - Scholar in Women's Health Research

The Powell Center Scholar in Women’s Health Research award is designed to assist a junior faculty (female or male) develop a research career focused on women’s health or sex differences research. The program will provide mentorship, training, oversight, and pilot funds. Applicants must be able to make a strong case connecting how their research impacts the health of aging women. Research projects do not have to involve studies exclusively of this group or of conditions that only affect aging women. In addition to the research project, each recipient is expected to undertake activities that will benefit the Powell Center and the field of women’s health or sex/gender differences.

Deadline: December 2, 2016
Nov 2 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Managing Conflict: A Problem-Solving Approach"

Effectively managing conflict is a requisite skill for talking about issues, collaborating, and building or repairing relationships. This lecture will introduce the basics of managing conflict effectively.


Moos Tower, 2-620 (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank Campus)

Dec 7 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Promoting the Health of Pregnant Incarcerated Women: From Research to Advocacy"

Dr. Shlafer will present her research with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, a pregnancy and parenting support program for pregnant incarcerated women. She will discuss results from her research findings, and how this research was used to leverage legislative changes in Minnesota.  Please join us! 
Moos Tower 2-620
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Oct 19 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

“Zika Virus Disease: Fear and Uncertainty”

Dr. Danila will discuss the emergence of Zika virus disease as a worldwide crisis, its pathogenesis with particular emphasis on newborns, prevention aspects, and other concerns.


Moos Tower, 2-690 (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank Campus)

Sep 21 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"5 Fields of Study That Don't Exist, But Should: Understanding Interdisciplinary Research By Going Beyond Traditional Thinking"

This lecture is free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. 

RSVP* here.



*not required but highly encouraged




Moos Tower, Room 2-520

University of Minnesota

515 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 

2016 Women's Health Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference: "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" on Monday, April 4th.
Special thanks to our keynote speakers, Drs. Shuk-Mei Ho and Cheryl Walker, and our panelists, Drs. Sharon Allen, Shalamar Sibley, and June La Valleur.

If you would like a Certificate of Attendance, or if you registered on-site and would like a receipt, please contact us at

A New Era in Cervical Cancer Screening: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Screening by Deanna Teoh, MD

Deanna Teoh, MD, Powell Center BIRCWH Scholar recently published an editorial in the Journal of Women's Health.  The article discusses the risks and benefits of cervical cancer screening, as well as the barriers that need to be overcome to improve adherence to the most recent screening guidelines.

Read her full editorial here.

Research Participation Opportunity: Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Abstinence in Hormonal Contraceptive Users

Dr. Alicia Allen, BIRCWH Program Scholar, is conducting a study  as part of the University of Minnesota Tobacco Research Program regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Abstinence in Hormonal Contraceptive Users.  The purpose of this study is to explore how the hormones from birth control can influence women's efforts to quit smoking.  The study is looking for women between the ages of 18 and 35 who are currently taking birth control pills or the Depo shot, or have regular menstrual cycles.  

Details about the study requirements and compensation can be found here:

If you are interested in being a particpant or have questions about the study contact Kim or Himal at 612-626-7276, or email

March Lecture CANCELED

The March 30th Women's Health Lecture, "The Epidemiology of Chronic Pain in Women," has been canceled.  The next Women's Health Lecture will take place on April 27th.  


Powell Center for Women’s Health is a National Center of Excellence which is focused on promoting, facilitating and disseminating research on women’s health.

Transforming women’s health through science, education, and leadership.

Developing scientists focused on women’s health research and promoting women in academic leadership in the health sciences.


Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series

Attend free monthly lectures about innovative and cutting-edge research in women's health and/or sex/gender differences.

Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference: "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" on Monday, April 4th.


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program

An internal grant mechanism from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research.