Deborah E. Powell

Center for Women's Health

A National Center of Excellence


The future of advancements in understanding women's health issues is highly dependent on innovative and interdisciplinary research. Being surrounded by an institution comprised of the nation's top researchers, the University of Minnesota is a breeding ground for new leaders in women's health research.

The Deborah E. Powell Center's mission is to catalyze research partnerships that impact the health of women and their communities. We will implement this mission through programs and funding opportunities to increase the quantity and quality of women’s health research emanating from the University of Minnesota.

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

The UMN Powell Center for Women’s Health BIRCWH program is an internal K12 grant mechanism from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty of either gender who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research. Research must be relevant to women’s health or sex/gender differences. Since its inception in 2006, the program has trained over 10 scholars. 

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Current Research Projects
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Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3)

The Powell Center is proud to be a collaborator in the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3). MC3 is housed in the Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research and headed by Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH. Dr. Raymond co-leads the Community Engagement core of the MC3 program with New Americans Community Services and Centro Campesino.

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Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Seed Grants

Since 2010, the Powell Center has awarded up to two Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Seed Grants to UMN faculty conducting interdisciplinary women’s health and sex/gender difference research. The purpose of this program is to support faculty by providing mentorship, oversight, and pilot funds to develop an interdisciplinary research program in women’s health research.

The 2013 seed grant recipients are:

  • Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
  • Emil Lou, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine 

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  • Last modified on May 22, 2013