The NU SCOR provides an ideal environment for developing trainees and young faculty as independent scientists. All three projects provide mentoring at the postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels, with common training activities for mentees of all projects including work-in-progress meetings, journal clubs, seminars, mutual memberships on graduate thesis committees, and professional development workshops. The multi-disciplinary training afforded by the interactions between SCOR investigators has prepared our trainees to pursue career paths in many research areas relevant to women’s health.
The NU SCOR has highly successful interactions with the Northwestern University Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hormone Action (NUPEDHA), a mentored training program for graduate student and postdoctoral fellows, and with the Northwestern University Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development in Women’s Health Program. Dr. Dunaif is the Director and PI of the NUPEDHA and BIRCWH, and Dr. Urbanek is the Research Director of the BIRCWH. Drs. Dunaif and Urbanek also serve as mentors in both programs. In addition, Dr. Levine is a preceptor on a NICHD sponsored Training Grant in Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology (PI, I. Bird) at the University of Wisconsin. These awards support some of the trainees working on SCOR projects, and the SCOR collaborates with these programs to provide educational activities to promote sex and gender research.