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Women's Environmental Reproductive Health Consortium

2012 meeting participants
Photos on this page are courtesy of Steve McCaw.


The Women’s Environmental Reproductive Health Consortium convenes researchers from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Intramural Research Division and grantees at academic institutions across the United States receiving funds through the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research & Training. The Consortium seeks to build better interactions and collaborations among scientists in order to form mutually beneficial partnerships, share best practices, databases, and tissue banks, and explore translational strategies that magnify the impact of scientific findings.  The Consortium is facilitated by Karin Russ, National Coordinator of the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group. For more information, please contact Karin Russ.

What’s New:

Please join us for the next Women's Environmental Health Consortium meeting on January 30, 2013.  RSVP to karin@healthadnenvironment.org

 Women’s Environmental Reproductive Health Consortium meeting: January 20, 2012.

A virtual consortium of NIEHS Women’s Reproductive Health researchers has met via teleconferences for a year. This first face-to-face meeting, attended by about fifty scientists, explored ways to advance the study of effects of environmental exposures on women’ reproductive health. The meeting consisted of keynote scientific sessions, research summaries from 15 speakers, a discussion on how to stimulate more translational research, more collaborations and sharing of ideas, tissues and technologies and a discussion on how to improve the impact of the research by getting the word out at more scientific meetings. The consortium plans to take advantage of CHE resources, to spread their message at public talks and at meetings of clinical and disease societies, and to build on the relationships they formed at the meeting. There was also discussion of writing a collaborative review paper on the concept of a developmental estrogenization syndrome, to communicate the need for further research in this area.

The Directory of Researchers contains summaries of the major research projects currently conducted by those presenting and attending the meeting.

Photos from the 2012 Meeting:

Kaylon Burner Tran Shanna Swan Jerry Heindel
2012 meeting participants
John McLachlan Cheryl Walker Heather Patisaul



FOA: Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations to Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health (R15). Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): April 3, 2012; October 11, 2012; October 11, 2013. This FOA seeks to increase the diversity of the pool of researchers involved in health equity research related to NICHD mission areas including infant mortality; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); child, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; uterine fibroids; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; violence prevention; health literacy; and outreach and information dissemination.

FOA: Maternal Nutrition and Pre-pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants and Children (R01). Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research encourages R01 applications to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children, by stimulating interdisciplinary research focused on maternal nutrition and pre-pregnancy obesity. Maternal health significantly impacts not only the mother but also the intrauterine environment, and subsequently fetal development and the health of the newborn. Expiration date: January 8, 2015.


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