A research and mentorship program in LARC: North Carolina, Malawi, and Zambia
Awarded 2012
Midcareer/Mentor Grants
Gretchen Stuart, MD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The overall goal of this mentor grant is to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) by investigating ways to implement LARC at time frames other than the traditional family planning visit, while simultaneously training new independent clinician-researchers focused on family planning in the US, Malawi and Zambia. Dr. Stuart’s career objectives are to complete ongoing clinical studies that she is either leading, or mentoring the leadership of, and create a global center of excellence in LARC research. The findings from the research, and the outcome of this mentor award, will improve the lives of women in the US, Malawi, Zambia, and beyond. Dr. Stuart is well positioned to lead the proposed project because since joining UNC-CH in 2006, she has successfully competed for 13 clinical research grants totaling more than $900,000, in addition to starting a Fellowship in Family Planning, and a Kenneth J. Ryan Resident Training Program in Contraception and Abortion. Dr. Stuart has mentored students, residents, and fellows throughout her career. Of the 21 manuscripts Dr. Stuart has authored, a mentee has been a co-author on four, and first author on one. Seven of 15 national meeting abstract presentations have included a mentee as primary author. Dr. Stuart currently mentors four early-stage clinician investigators in North Carolina, Malawi, and Zambia. The Mentor Award will help ensure the completion of ongoing and planned LARC research projects at UNC led by Dr. Stuart and her mentees by providing Dr. Stuart with protected time to mentor early-stage investigators.