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March 15, 2004 -- No. 137

Women’s Health Research Day to cover range of health topics

Wednesday (March 17), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
Medical Biomolecular Research Building
103 Mason Farm Road, UNC campus

The fifth annual Women’s Health Research Day at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will bring together experts from across the state and from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. Health professionals will discuss breast cancer, osteoporosis, eating disorders and other issues related to women’s health.

University of North Carolina President Molly Corbett Broad will give opening remarks. Other speakers will include N.C. Rep. Verla C. Insko. Gov. Mike Easley has declared March 17 "Women’s Health Research Day" in North Carolina.

The day will include individual research presentations and an afternoon session on building interdisciplinary careers. A judges panel will select three award recipients at the end of the day.

Many of the research day topics will help in the designing of interventions to eliminate health disparities and decrease the incidence of diseases affecting women. Topics to be presented include a comparison of birth outcomes among U.S.-born and non-U.S.-born Hispanic N.C. women, breastfeeding’s ability to protect against overweight, disabled women’s health-care access, the relationship between a high-glycemic diet and the risk of diabetes and more. Presentations will represent social work, public health, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and other areas.

The event is sponsored by UNC’s Center for Women’s Health Research, a collaborative program of the schools of medicine and public health and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

For more information or to view the full agenda of events and speakers, contact Kerrie Kurgat at (919) 843-3394 or visit

Parking: Parking is available in the Dogwood parking deck across from UNC Hospitals, off Manning Drive. Follow directional signs to the Medical Biomolecular Research Building.

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Center for Women’s Health Research contact: Kerrie Kurgat, (919) 843-3394
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