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Contact: Karla Shepard Rubinger, 914-740-2100, krubinger@liebertpub.com
Workshop on NIH Grant Application Process to be Held at 19th Annual Congress on Women's Health

New Rochelle, NY, January 31, 2011-The 19th Annual Congress on Women's Health will feature a special pre-conference workshop on "Towards a Better Understanding of the NIH Grant Process" on the afternoon of Thursday, March 31 prior to the April 1-3, 2011 Congress in Washington, DC. The workshop, moderated by Vivian W. Pinn, MD, Associate Director for Research on Women's Health, NIH and Director, Office of Research on Women's Health is designed to provide an overview of the NIH Grant Application Process.  Participants will learn some of the techniques to prepare a successful research proposal in consultation with your NIH Program Officer, how to use appropriate mechanisms and mentor to develop a research career, and how to better understand the NIH Peer Review process, e.g., what happens in a study section. The workshop is open to all Congress registrants. The full program, faculty, accreditation, and registration information for the pre-conference are available at the Congress website

The Congress will gather a prestigious group of physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare providers to learn practical, clinical information and cutting-edge therapeutic protocols, advances in diagnosis and management, and innovative translational research advances that impact women's health care.

Women's Health 2011: The 19th Annual Congress is sponsored by the VCU Institute for Women's Health and Journal of Women's Health, in collaboration with National Cancer Institute, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, and the American Medical Association. The Congress also hosts the annual meeting of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), an organization devoted to the advancement of women in medicine and the improvement of women's health. The Institute for Professional Education is a co-sponsor of the Congress. Other Collaborating Organizations include American College of Physicians-Virginia Chapter, American Thyroid Association, Arthritis Foundation, International Menopause Society, National Stroke Association, The Obesity Society, and Society for Women's Health Research. 

Congress Chair Wendy S. Klein, MD, Senior Deputy Director Emeritus of the VCU Institute for Women's Health, a National Center of Excellence, Richmond, VA, and Deputy Editor of Journal of Women's Health and Co-Chair Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the VCU Institute for Women's Health and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women's Health will bring together outstanding faculty of the highest caliber. An array of informative sessions will focus on the most clinically relevant topics in women's health including cardiology, oncology, endocrinology, menopause, infectious disease, reproductive health, bone health, psychiatry, and common clinical conditions. 

Distinguished speakers include Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States, who will give a Luncheon Presentation entitled, "Women's Health: Putting Prevention First." Catherine Spong, MD, Branch Chief, Pregnancy and Perinatology, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health, will speak about "Cesareans, VBAC, and Lessons Learned." JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and Women's Health, Harvard Medical School and Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, will present The Vivian Pinn Women's Health Research Keynote Lecture on "Vitamin D and Omega-3s: Separating Fact from Fiction." A Breakfast Symposium on "Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for Women's Health?" is supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.

The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, one mile from Reagan National Airport.

The Congress offers 24 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM, 24 Nursing Contact Hours, 27 AANP contact hours (including up to 10.25 hours of pharmacology credits), and 24.50 prescribed AAFP credits, sponsored by The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM). 

For further information about the Congress and the Program, visit our website, call (914) 740-2100 or 800-5-BIOCON, or e-mail krubinger@liebertpub.com