2020 Pittman Scholars Announced

The UAB SOM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) is delighted to announce the recipients of the OBGYN Center for Women’s Reproductive Health (CWRH) pilot grant program.  The overall mission of the UAB OBGYN department is to provide the most up-to-date and effective care to patients, to advance the scientific understanding of women’s health and to translate this new knowledge into improved diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, and educating our future. In pursuit of this mission, the goal of the OBGYN CWRH Pilot Grant program is to maintain and grow interdisciplinary research opportunities in women’s reproductive health while investing in our faculty and coinvestigators through the CWRH. The CWRH has 5-functional cores: Clinical research operations and administration, Biostatistics and data management, Laboratory and biorespository, Global health and Information technology and data acquisition.  

The department has five divisions: Gynecologic Oncology; Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Services; Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery; and Women’s Reproductive Healthcare. A total of $80,000 is awarded as shown below and includes funds set aside for the CWRH EMR Data Extraction initiative. The proposed 12 month projects will begin October 1 and funds will be available upon confirmation of their IRB. Please join in congratulating these investigators and their teams.

OBGYN Division, Gynecologic Oncology  

  1. PI: Haller J Smith MD, Instructor Fellow (https://scholars.uab.edu/display/hjsmith) $20,000
    Collaborators:  Drs. Warner Huh, Michael Straughn, and Alan Tita
    Project Title: “Optimizing antibiotic prophylaxis for high-risk patients undergoing gynecologic surgery”

OBGYN Division, Maternal Fetal Medicine             

  1. PI: Brian M Casey MD, Professor (https://scholars.uab.edu/display/bcasey) $20,000
    Collaborators:  Dr Mark Powell (Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine)
    Project Title:  "Decreased Neuraxial Morphine and Adjunctive Peripheral Nerve Blockade to Reduce Severity of Side Effects and Opioid Use after Cesarean Delivery”
  1. PI: Rachel Sinkey MD, Assistant Professor (https://scholars.uab.edu/display/rsinkey) $10,000
    Collaborators:  Drs. David Mauchley, Marc Cribbs, Luz Padilla, and Macie Champion
    Project Title:  “Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Following Aortic Valve Replacement”

OBGYN Division, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Services

  1. PI: Jasmine Lee Chiang MD, Instructor Fellow $9,000
    Collaborators: Drs. Keshav Singh (Genetics) and Michael Straughn
    Project Title:  “Reproductive aging and fertility in an inducible mouse model of mitochondrial”

OBGYN Division, Women’s Reproductive Health

  1. PI: Janeen Arbuckle MD, Assistant Professor (https://scholars.uab.edu/display/arbuckle) $10,000
    Collaborators:  Drs. Julie Wolfson (Hematology) and Jeff Szychowski (BDMC CWRH)
    Project Title:  "Menstrual Suppression in the Myelosuppressed: A Retrospective Review”

Please direct any questions to CWRH Program Manager, Richard Sarver: rsarver@uabmc.edu or 205.934.6349.

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