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The SCOR’s Pilot Project Program is one of the main mechanisms used to attract trainees and new faculty. This program has greatly expanded gender-based research across the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) campus, facilitated the collection of pilot data, supported young investigators with promising ideas, and/or development of techniques or skills useful for the primary research components. Each year, 2 or 3 pilot projects are funded. Over the past 12 years, we have received more than 60 applications for funding and have funded 26 pilot projects. The applications come from a variety of disciplines (Medicine, Epidemiology, Nursing, Neurosciences) and from colleges across campus (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies and Allied Health). The Principal Investigators of funded pilot projects attend the SCOR monthly meetings, journal clubs and seminars. All pilot projects are supervised and investigators are required to submit a final progress report or publication. In addition, these projects are tracked to determine publication productivity and success in promoting more gender oriented research.
A major goal of the MUSC SCOR is to attract trainees and new faculty to the area of research, particularly patient-oriented research, in women’s health issues. Please click on the link below to view a list of trainees that have been involved with the SCOR program. As can be seen, the SCOR involves individuals from diverse disciplines at different levels of training. A number of these individuals have gone on to independent research careers with a focus on women’s health-related issues.
The Building Interdisciplinary research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 supports the research career development of junior faculty members who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who have mentorship and a solid plan for training in Basic Research, Translational Research, Clinical Research, and/or Health Services Research relevant to women's health in all areas of the neurosciences. Now entering its seventh year, the program currently supports 3 BIRCWH Scholars. Scholars and their mentors attend the monthly meeting of the MUSC Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health. At these meetings, Scholars present an update on their research generating scholarly discussion and advice, or an outside speaker is invited to discuss issues relevant to women’s health or academic career development. Because of the multidisciplinary and diverse composition of the SCOR investigators, pilot project PI’s, and BIRCWH mentors and scholars, the discussion is lively and informative and has resulted in a number of new campus-wide collaborations focused on sex and gender-based research.