Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Women's Health

The University of Kentucky has been awarded $10,365,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Women's Health. This is the largest single grant ever awarded in the area of Women's Health to the University of Kentucky. This five-year NIH grant is sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). The present award represents a competitive renewal of the COBRE in Women's Health which was initially funded from 2000-2005.

The two primary goals of the COBRE in Women's Health are:

  • further our understanding of the unique role of gender and female reproductive hormones in the manifestation of health and disease and

  • use this focus as a platform to develop promising junior investigators and enhance their success at competing for NIH grant support.

A unique strength of the COBRE in Women's Health is the multidisciplinary approach to investigate the impact of hormones and gender on five specific areas: heart disease, brain function, HIV, reproductive tract physiology, and behavior. Each of these five areas will be explored by a team of investigators. These teams bring together 21 faculty with diverse interests and research backgrounds from the Colleges of Medicine and Allied Health highlighting the true multidisciplinary approach of the COBRE program to further our understanding of the role of hormones and gender in key areas of Women's health.

An overview of the COBRE program and projects is presented below.

Image depicting the New COBRE Organizational Structure

 

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