The Center for Women's Health Research 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 multiple scholar awards including an NIH-funded K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program (BIRCWH), 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 Center for Women's Health Research 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.