Research Fellowship Awards

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 (or Women’s Reproductive Health specialist) and the Hematologist.
  3. Support the opportunity for junior faculty or fellows to conduct research in these important areas.

The 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 (or a Women’s Reproductive Health specialist) for the Hematology applicant and Hematology for the OB/GYN (Women’s Reproductive Health specialist) 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.

2022 Award Winners and Research Projects 

The 2022 Fellowship Selection Committee included Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (OB/GYN), James Bussell, MD (Hematology), Donna DiMichelle, MD, and Eric Grabowski, MD.

About the 2022 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 Takeda (formerly Shire).

Katie Newton Kennedy, MD

Fellow, Hematology/Oncology, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenwille, NC

Mentor: Dr. Darla Liles
Project Title: A Collaborative Approach to Women with Undiagnosed Bleeding Disorders

Callie Berkowitz, MD

Research Fellow, Hematology/Oncology, UNC Health, Durham, NC

Mentor: Dr. Alica Ma
Project Title: Patient Assessment and Outcomes in Bleeding of Unknown Cause

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