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USF Health celebrates National Women’s Health Week with seed grants, awards
PNC Bank grant check

A research project analyzing the effects of video training on parenting practices between mothers and their toddlers received a $15,000 grant from PNC Bank. From left are Dianne Jacob, vice president and director of client and community relations for PNC Bank; Emily Shaffer-Hudkins PhD, assistant professor, Morsani College of Medicine; and Catherine Lynch MD, USF’s associate vice president for women’s health.

Nearly 200 community leaders attended the fourth annual USF Women’s Health Collaborative Leading the Way Luncheon on May 9 at the Bryan Glazer JCC.

During the luncheon, three interdisciplinary research teams received $45,000 in seed grants for their projects. USF Health also honored Hillsborough County’s first female surgeon, Sylvia Campbell USF MD ’77, and political scientist and distinguished USF professor, Susan A. MacManus PhD, with its “Remark-a-Bull” awards for leadership and service.

Catherine Lynch MD, associate vice president for women’s health at USF Health, and Dianne Jacob, vice president of PNC Bank, the luncheon’s presenting sponsor, awarded $15,000 in seed grants to each of the following projects:

“Video Training to Enhance the Implementation of Evidence-Based Strategies among Mothers and Their Toddlers within the Early Steps Program” received $15,000 from PNC Bank to teach and support home-visiting providers in the Early Steps program with interventions designed to increase success for promoting healthy attachment and positive parenting practices early in life.  The research team included Emily Shaffer-Hudkins PhD, Morsani College of Medicine; Russell Kirby PhD, MS, FACE, College of Public Health; Kathy Bradley-King PhD, College of Education; and Heather Agazzi PhD, Morsani College of Medicine.

Susan MacManus at podium

The keynote speaker, Dr. Susan A. MacManus, received one of the two 2017 Remark-a-Bull awards for her service to and leadership in the Tampa Bay region and beyond.

“The Impact of Enteral Iron Availability on Intestinal Microbiome and Inflammation in Premature Infants” received $15,000 to better understand intestinal inflammation and consider new practices for anemia prevention and treatment. The team included Thao (Tina) Ho DO, Morsani College of Medicine; Maureen Groer RN, PhD, College of Nursing; Amy Alman PhD, College of Public Health; Zachary Atlas PhD, College of Arts and Sciences; Akhil Maheshwari MD, Morsani College of Medicine; and Juan Felipe Rico MD, Morsani College of Medicine.

“Effects of Chinese Herbal Formula on Fetal Programming” received $15,000 to provide mechanistic and pharmacological insights into how the Chinese herbal formula Guizhi Fuling Wan improves fetal-placental development. The research team included Se-Te Joseph Huang MD, PhD, Morsani College of Medicine; Danielle Gulick PhD, Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute; and Umesh Jinwal PhD, College of Pharmacy.

Over the past four years, the Women’s Health Collaborative has supported 25 seed grants for interdisciplinary, collaborative research for women’s health. Seed grants must include faculty from at least three different USF colleges or USF Health partner institution, and preference is given to teams led by a junior faculty member with senior faculty to encourage mentorship.

The event, which has outgrown its previous venues from the last three years, was sponsored by PNC Bank, Florida Hospital Tampa, Tampa General Hospital and 10 other sponsoring organizations.

Sylvia Campbell award

Dr. Sylvia Campbell, a proud USF alumna of USF’s Morsani College of Medicine and the first female surgeon in Hillsborough County, received the second Remark-a-Bull award for her practice of over 30 years and continuous service to a number of local and national organizations.


President Genshaft

“The well-being of our families, our community, and our future depends on us staying healthy and strong,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “Women’s health is a personal priority, and must also be an institutional priority and a national priority.”

Story by Audriana Bruno, USF Health Development
Photos by Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications