Laura Kair, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatrician and clinical researcher focused on breastfeeding and maternal-child health, was selected as an Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research (IWHR) scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program.
The NIH-sponsored Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program supports career development of junior Ph.D and M.D. faculty researchers interested in women’s health research. The program provides multidisciplinary training and mentoring to help faculty establish independent biomedical research careers in areas relevant to women’s health and creates an environment that nurtures interdisciplinary collaborations in focused and interactive research areas that are essential to improving the health of women.
Kair’s mentors on the project are Caroline Chantry, Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, Jim Marcin and Dan Tancredi. This two-year award will fund Kair’s ongoing research career development and a clinical trial.
The clinical trial, registered at ClinicalTrials.gov, will evaluate the effect of at home-based telemedicine lactation support visits on breastfeeding duration among women who deliver late preterm (four to six weeks early). The trial begins enrollment this summer and will follow participants for one year after delivery.
More information about the UC Davis BIRCWH program is available at https://health.ucdavis.edu/ctsc/area/education/bircwh/index.html.