Michigan State University hopes to take the lead in boosting the number of researchers dedicated to women’s health, and a new grant will help.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded MSU a $2.5 million grant to create a new program called Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health. The goal is to create a center where young researchers are paired with mentors and given the time and money to pursue research projects.
“This award provides an enormous opportunity for MSU and researchers in women’s health,” says Mary Nettleman, chair of MSU’s Department of Medicine. “This type of training grant not only encourages young investigators to come to MSU but also creates new networks and connections among researchers. It allows scholars to become independently funded women’s health investigators.”
The grant will help cover the salaries of young researchers to allow them time to apply for grants, set up projects and conduct researcher. The program will be open to researchers from across disciplines — not just medicine. 21 mentors have already been selected to work with them.
Writer: Louise Knott Ahern