Since 2016, FWGBD has provided research awards through the Promoting XXcellence in Women’s Health: Optimal Management of Women and Girls with Blood Disorders and Bleeding Disorders research fellowship program. The objectives of the awards are to:

  1. Foster and sustain interest/knowledge of the next-generation of healthcare providers working in blood or bleeding disorders affecting women/girls.
  2. Foster collaboration between two core disciplines for WGBD - the OB/GYN and the Hematologist.
  3. Support an opportunity for junior faculty or fellows to conduct research in these important areas.

Selection criteria include the following elements.

True Collaboration. FWGBD supports researchers who are able to demonstrate an active, working collaboration with a peer in the related discipline - OB/GYN for the Hematology applicant and Hematology for the OB/GYN applicant. These collaborations help us reach a shared vision of ensuring that women and girls with blood disorders receive a proper diagnosis, treatment, and management across their lifespans.

Demonstrated Significance. FWGBD supports researchers who are able to demonstrate that their project will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of women and girls with blood disorders.

Support and Sustainability. FWGBD supports researchers who are working with research mentors who are senior faculty at the applicant’s home institution for the duration of the award to ensure the research is accomplished.

The 2019 RFA cycle is currently accepting applications. To learn more about the application process and timeline, click here.

2018 Award Winners and Research Projects 

The 2018 Fellowship Selection Committee included Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (OB/GYN), and James Bussell, MD (Hematology).

About the 2018 Awardees and Their Projects

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000)  - This Award was made possible through a medical education grant from Shire.

Julia Coleman, MD

Trauma Research Fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver

Mentor: Dr. Christopher C. Silliman
Project Title: Sex Dimorphisms in Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy: A Mechanistic Exploration of a Sex-Specific Survival Benefit 
Project Description: Dr. Coleman will investigate whether sex hormones affect clot formation and stability,  thrombin formation and platelet function in vitro and whether differential levels of sex hormones in vivo may confer differential thrombelastographic profiles in female populations and outcomes in female trauma patients.  

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Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders - all Blood Disorders ($15,000)

Tazim Dowlut-McElroy, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ob/Gyn at the University of Kansas City, Missouri

Mentor: Dr. Julie Strickland
Project Title: Use of Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine Device for the Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in Adolescents with Bleeding Disorders 
Project Description: Dr. Dowlut-McElory will investigate whether the LNgIUD results in improvement in menstrual blood loss and quality of life in adolescents with bleeding disorders who have heavy menstrual bleeding.

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