North Carolina Central University, a historically black institution, and Duke University, a research-intensive institution, have united to provide career development of junior faculty in interdisciplinary women’s health research through the renewal of the BIRCWH Award. The long-term goal of this project is to develop independent women’s health researcher careers.
The Duke/NCCU BIRCWH is a strong, vibrant program that has the leadership and institutional commitment for continued success in the development of junior investigators. The collaboration between Duke and NCCU strengthens the researchers' goal of training minority scholars. The program objectives are as follows:
- Develop highly skilled, innovative junior researchers investigating women’s health and sex/gender elements of health and disease across a woman’s lifespan through the use of interdisciplinary approaches
- Foster research on health disparities and diversity and create an environment for the discovery of new insights into pressing minority health problems by promoting an interdisciplinary team science and by identifying and recruiting minority scholars
- Encourage novel interdisciplinary research on all aspects of women’s health, emphasizing the merits of all scientific categories and methods