The University of Kansas was founded in 1864. The main University of Kansas campus consists of 950 acres atop historic Mount Oread in Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas serves as a major comprehensive research and teaching institution as well as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) is located in Kansas City, Kansas, spans 50 acres, and is located approximately 35 miles from the main University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. KUMC includes, in addition to the School of Medicine, Schools of Health Professions, Nursing and Graduate Studies. The School of Pharmacy is located on the main campus in Lawrence and at the Medical Center campus in Kansas City.
Among the faculty at the University of Kansas are a group of very talented scientists pursuing women's health research. The existence of this talented research base in women's health has ignited the interest of our leadership resulting in the development of a plan for interdisciplinary women's health research at the University of Kansas.
Areas of research emphasis at KUMC are organized into research centers and research institutes. Membership includes faculty from both KUMC and the University of Kansas Lawrence. Six research centers/research institutes with scientific activities related to women's health exist and include: (i) KU Cancer Center; (ii) Landon Center on Aging; (iii) Center for Child Health and Development; (iv) Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine; (v) Frontiers Clinical and Transnational Research; (vi) KU Diabetes Center. Within these centers/institutes are research efforts that fit well with the themes for research on women's health outlined in the BIRCWH RFA. The newly established Women's Health Research Initiative links these centers/institutes and provides the administrative umbrella for the KUMC BIRCWH K12 faculty development program.