Deborah E. Powell

Center for Women's Health

A National Center of Excellence


The future of advancements in understanding women's health issues is highly dependent on innovative and interdisciplinary research. Being surrounded by an institution comprised of the nation's top researchers, the University of Minnesota is a breeding ground for new leaders in women's health research.

The Deborah E. Powell Center's mission is to catalyze research partnerships that impact the health of women and their communities. We will implement this mission through programs and funding opportunities to increase the quantity and quality of women’s health research emanating from the University of Minnesota.

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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)

The UMN Powell Center for Women’s Health BIRCWH program is an internal K12 grant mechanism from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty of either gender who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research. Research must be relevant to women’s health or sex/gender differences. Since its inception in 2006, the program has trained over 10 scholars. 

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Current Research Projects
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Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3)

The Powell Center is proud to be a collaborator in the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3). MC3 is housed in the Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research and headed by Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH. Dr. Raymond co-leads the Community Engagement core of the MC3 program with New Americans Community Services and Centro Campesino.

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Scholar in Mature Women's Health

The Powell Center for Women’s Health is pleased to announce its inaugural Scholar in Mature Women’s Health, Dr. Corjena Cheung, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. The Scholar in Mature Women’s Health initiative was created to help researchers conduct pilot projects, consolidate research findings, or redirect existing scholarly work into the field of mature women’s health. Dr. Cheung earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she held a prestigious John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Post-Doctoral Fellowship in gerontological nursing. She is studying the short- and long-term physical and psycho-social effects of Hatha yoga practice on older women with knee osteoarthritis. Dr. Cheung hypothesizes that consistent practice of Hatha yoga will be positively associated with improvements in knee osteoarthritis symptoms, physical function of lower extremities, a decrease in fear of falling, falls, anxiety and depression, and overall quality of life.

Dr. Cheung’s interdisciplinary research team consists of

  • Dr. Jean Wyman, Professor and Cora Meidl Siehl Chair in Nursing Research and Director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • Dr. Ulf Bronas, Assistant Professor and exercise physiologist at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • Dr. Teresa McCarthy, geriatrician at the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Dr. Julie Switzer, orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Dr. Barbara Resnick, Professor and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • Kay Savik, MS, Biostatistician.

Congratulations Dr. Cheung! 

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