The Women’s Health Research Program is an interdisciplinary research career development and training program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. The program was formally offered through the Powell Center for Women’s Health.  We have re-branded to better reflect the consortium of training programs we coordinate. The Program coordinates three scholar awards: an NIH-funded K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program (BIRCWH), Masonic Cancer Center Women’s Health Scholar, and Aging Women's Health Research Scholar which is funded by the Mature Women’s Health Endowment.


To place junior investigators focused on women's health and sex difference research on the path towards receiving competitive NIH independent K- or R- awards.


The goal of the Women's Health Research program at the University of Minnesota (UMN) is to improve the health of diverse women across the lifespan and, by extension, to improve the health of their families and communities in Minnesota, the nation, and the world. We plan to:

  • Increase the number of interdisciplinary research leaders advancing scientific knowledge in women’s health across the lifespan and in sex/gender determinants of health.
  • Transform the academic environment by increasing the visibility of interdisciplinary women’s health and sex/gender determinants research within academia and the broader community.
  • Effect the timely applications of women’s health research findings to practice and policy.

The Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team consists of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health K12 grant Principal Investigator, Program Director, and Research Director. The team is responsible for the vision, direction, and implementation of the Women's Health Research Program scholar training initiatives which include the UMN BIRCWH program and coordinating Masonic Cancer Center Women’s Health Scholar and Aging Women’s Health Research Scholar training programs. They provide direct oversight of the scholars, meeting with them every six months to evaluate their progress and assist in developing future research directions which are competitive for NIH independent funding.

The Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee

The Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee (IAC) is made up of the Executive Leadership Team and a multidisciplinary team of the University’s leading women’s health and sex difference researchers as well as three external members. There is at least one representative from each of the six health sciences schools and from the College of Liberal Arts. The IAC provides guidance to the Executive Leadership Team on 1) scholar selection, 2) oversight of scholar progress and mentor team effectiveness, and (3) a formal annual review of the program.