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BIRCWH Scholars

Each scholar receives salary, research/career development funds, and travel funds. Funding for the BIRCWH Program is provided by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) through the lead NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).

2023 Recipients

Gloria Gerber, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology

Project Title: The Role of Complement in Obstetric Outcomes in Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Dr. Gerber’s BIRCWH proposal will quantify complement levels and employ a novel functional assay (modified Ham) to elucidate the role of complement throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy in women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) and correlate this with adverse obstetrical outcomes including thromboembolism, preterm birth, fetal loss, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and catastrophic APS.

Primary Mentor: Robert Brodsky, MD

Laura Prichett, PhD, MHS
Research Associate
Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics

Project Title: Gender, Race and Suicide: Unpacking the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis

This research examines racial and gender disparities in the under-recognition of mental health disorders in adolescents and young adults as defined by a suicide-related diagnosis without a previous mental or behavioral health diagnosis in primary care.

Primary Mentor: Jacky Jennings, PhD, PHS


Michelle Patch, PhD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Project Title: Examining Acquired Brain Injury-Associated Symptoms and Fluid-based Biomarkers in Women Surviving Intimate Partner Violence

Dr. Patch’s study examines intimate partner violence-related brain injury biomarkers and symptomatology over time for women seeking emergency care.

Primary Mentor: Gabor Kelen MD, FRCP(C), FACEP, FAAEM

2021-2022 BIRCWH Cohort

Assistant Professor Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Holliday’s study focuses on measuring reproductive coercion perpetration and exploring the socio-ecological correlates of this specific form of gender-based violence.

Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Abshire’s research addresses the needs of advanced heart failure patients and their informal caregivers. She will develop and test a novel multi-component intervention tailored to caregiver goals, HEart failure Resilience Intervention for Caregivers (HEROIC), to improve preventive health behaviors, reduce caregiver burden and improve QOL among HF caregivers during her BIRCWH award.

Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Koirala’s research focuses on developing a tool/framework consisting of co-designed strategies for quality multimorbidity care of patients living with two or more chronic conditions and their family members.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Standeven’s research focuses on the role of neurosteroid alterations in the symptoms of anxiety and depression experienced by women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

2018 BIRCWH Cohort

Assistant Professor, Community-Public Health Nursing

Mentors: Susan Sherman, PhD; Karin Tobin, PhD

Research Interests: Underlying mechanisms that inform our understanding of sexual health disparities at the intersections of HIV and intimate partner abuse prevention, healthy sexuality and reproductive well-being.

Assistant Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics

Mentors: Bert Vogelstein, MD; Amanda Nickles Fader, MD

Research Interests: Women’s interest in endometrial cancer screening and knowledge of the consequences of obesity; Testing utility of the Papgene mutational analysis, a novel screening technique

Assistant Professor, Hematology

Mentors: Sophie Lanzkron, MD, MHS; Mindy Christianson, MD

Research Interests: Reproductive and sexual health in adolescent and adult women with sickle cell disease (SCD)

Assistant Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics

Mentors: Khalil Ghanem, MD, PhD; Deborah Persaud, MD; Jean Anderson, MD

Research Interests: Improving perinatal outcomes for women living with HIV

Assistant Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Surgery

Mentor: Robert Brodsky, MD

Research Interests: Targeted therapies for HELLP syndrome