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WRHR scholar to study contraception availability for female veterans
Date:11/4/2010

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently named Vinita Goyal, MD, MPH, its newest Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar.

The WRHR Career Development Program was initiated in 1998 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. In 2005, Women & Infants and Brown University were awarded one of the competitive WRHR Program Grants. As one of 17 currently active programs, the Women & Infants/Brown WRHR Program ensures protected time for the selected physicians to pursue a research career in women's reproductive health.

The program enables Dr. Goyal and others to devote 75 percent of their time to their research career development with support from mentors, research assistants and other research personnel. Joanna M. Cain, MD, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants, is the principal investigator for the WRHR Program here, and Maureen Phipps, MD, is the research director and one of Dr. Goyal's primary mentors.

"Young physicians like Dr. Goyal often find themselves spending far less time on research than they'd like as they work to establish themselves as clinicians and educators. Women & Infants is happy to participate in the WRHR Scholar program to help cultivate the next generation of researchers in women's health," Dr. Cain said.

Dr. Goyal, a member of the medical team in Women & Infants' Division of Ambulatory Care and Women's Primary Care Center, will use her WRHR opportunity to pursue research into the accessibility of contraception for female military veterans in the United States. This is an offshoot of her overall research interest, which is making contraception available to underserved women throughout the world including adolescents and women in impoverished countries.

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Contact: Susan McDonald
slmcdonald@wihri.org
401-681-2816
Women & Infants Hospital
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