The Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders is pleased to announce the two winners of 2018 Promoting XXcellence in Women’s Health: Optimal Management of Women and Girls with Blood Disorders and Bleeding Disorders research fellowship awards. Now entering its second and third cycles, these awards are inspired by the Foundation's commitment to fostering and sustaining interest/knowledge of the next generation of healthcare providers working in the blood or bleeding disorders affecting women/girls and in cross-disciplinary collaboration among Hematology and Obstetrics & Gynecology in the care for women and girls with blood disorders. FWGBD first introduced the award focused in the area of Bleeding Disorders in 2016. The award focused on Blood Disorders was announced for the first time last year. Since 2016, FWGBD has awarded a total of $120,000 to 4 recipients. 

The 2018 Fellowship Selection Committee includes Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (Ob/Gyn), and James Bussell, MD (Hematology).

The 2019 RFA cycle will be announced and begin accepting applications in January 2019.

About the 2018 Awardees and Their Projects

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000)

Julia Coleman, MD (University of Colorado - Denver)
Sex Dimorphisms in Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy: A Mechanistic Exploration of a Sex-Specific Survival Benefit

Dr. Coleman is a Trauma Research Fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver. Her mentor for her project is Dr. Christopher C. Silliman. 

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 (University of Missouri-Kansas City) 
Use of Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine Device for the Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in Adolescents with Bleeding Disorders

Dr. Dowlut-McElroy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her mentor for her project is Dr. Julie Strickland. 

Project Description: Dr. Dowlut-McElroy 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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