Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NIH awards grant to U-M researcher for gender studies

A U-M physician is one of 14 awarded a National Institutes of Health grant focused on studying gender issues in the sciences.

Dr. Reshma Jagsi, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Medical School, was awarded $865,867 to examine how gender differences in outcomes develop among physician researchers.

The NIH grants, estimated to total $16.8 million over four years, respond to a 2007 National Academies report that urgently called for a broad, national effort to maximize the potential of women scientists and engineers.

The report, “Beyond Bias and Barriers,” led to the creation of an NIH working group charged with examining the issues and addressing the challenges in supporting the advancement of women scientists and engineers.

“The National Institutes of Health is committed to building a diverse biomedical workforce,” says NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. “Our ability to train and retain women scientists is vital to our remaining competitive in meeting today’s health challenges.”

For more information on the Women in Biomedical Careers initiative at NIH, go to