Women's Health Research Day | April 26, 2023 

WHRD 2023 Full Abstracts

Award Winners

Basic Science Research: Valerie Ericsson for her work titled SPAG17 deficiency promotes accelerated female reproductive aging and fibrosis leading to reduced fertility and parturition defects. 

Clinical & Translational Research: Michelle Eglovitch for her work titled Patient reported insight to guide development and implementation of sleep interventions in the opioid use disorder treatment setting. 

Community & Public Health Research: Carol Olsen for her work titled Heartbeats: A Hospital-Based / Community-Linked Interdisciplinary Program to Reduce Maternal Deaths Through Enhanced Collaborative Services. 

Building Bridges in Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research AwardAnna Weisse for her work titled Demographic Correlates of the Perceptions of Prenatal Cannabis Use Survey. 

The Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award was given to Valerie Ericsson. 

Congratulations to all the winners!

Women’s Health Research Day is a celebration and promotion of research activities in Women's Health at VCU. The annual program presented by the Institute for Women’s Health, now in its 17th year, includes a plenary symposium, poster awards and reception highlighting women’s health research by VCU faculty and students.

All VCU faculty, residents, students, staff, and community members interested in women’s health research are encouraged to attend. Authors with original research are invited to submit poster abstracts in any research area that focuses on women’s health or sex/gender differences. Awards will be given for best posters in Basic Science, Clinical and Translational Research, and Community and Public Health Research. The best overall poster by a junior investigator will be selected to win the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award. In addition, a Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women’s Health Research award will be given to the poster that best demonstrates interdisciplinary collaboration in women’s health research. 

This years plenary session was titled: Health Equity for Maternal Child Wellness. The session is co-chaired by Dr. Amy Salisbury and Dr. Susan Bodnar-Deren. 

We look forward to next years 18th Annual Women's Health Research Day!