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.


2023 Award Winners and Research Projects 

The 2023 Fellowship Selection Committee included Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (OB/GYN), James Bussell, MD (Hematology), and external reviewers, Courtney Fitzhugh, MD, (SCD/Hematology), and Karina Wilkerson, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, CCRP (SCD/Hematology).

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

This Award was made possible through a medical education grant from Takeda.

Jennifer Schloss, MD, PhD
Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Mentor: Shipra Kaicker, MD
Project Title: Use of single cell surface protein and gene expression studies to map immune alterations in female patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia as compared to those with acute disease and systemic lupus erythematosus


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

Ann M. Bruno, MD
Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Mentor: D. Ware Branch, MD
Project Title: A pilot study of rivaroxaban transfer into human milk



Sarah Detlefs, MD
Assistant Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Mentor: Jacquelyn Powers, MD
Project Title: Detection of non-anemic iron deficiency in early pregnancy (NAID Study)


Joacy Gerard Mathias, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Duke University, Durham, NC
Mentor: Nirmish Shah, MD
Project Title: Insights into contraception use among Women with sickle cell disease: Identifying patient-perceived influential factors and reproductive health gaps through focus groups

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