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Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence on Women's Health Research

To:  Deans, Center/Institute Directors, Chairs, and Faculty

From: Kenneth Soprano

Re: Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence on Women's Health Research

Date: November 16, 2004

You are invited to a lunch meeting to discuss a new initiative in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies to establish an Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence on Women's Health Research, Leadership and Advocacy. The meeting will be held on December 20, 2004, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm, Room C, Fourth Floor, Faculty Student Center at the Health Sciences Center. Lunch will be provided. 

This Center of Excellence initiative grew out of the efforts of faculty in the School of Medicine, including the Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, faculty in the College of Health Professions, and the directors of several established centers and institutes throughout the University. The new Center of Excellence, housed in the OVPR, will facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

To ensure that widest possible participation, I encourage you to share this invitation with your colleagues and students involved in research related to women's health.

Our inaugural event will be a symposium on Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research, March 15-16, 2005. Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH Associate Director and Director of the NIH Office of Women's Health Research, will give a series of presentations for the symposium.   We anticipate that this important event will lead to the development of a seminar series, annual lectureship, and public conferences on women's health, leadership and advocacy, as well as a range of initiatives to foster the career advancement of women in science, medicine and related disciplines.   These activities are expected to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration, facilitate networking and increase our capacity to obtain NIH and other funding.

If you are able to join us on December 20 th , please RSVP to Robert Gage, Director of Sponsored Research Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research, at 1-7467 or robert.gage@temple.edu by December 10, 2004.