January Monthly Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy (and healthy) New Year! We have hit the ground running this 2022, with an amazing event featuring Global Gender Center affiliate Carrie Ngongo on her dissertation research examining accidental fistula in cesarean sections in 9 countries in Africa. This event was in honor of Maternal Health Awareness Day, and you can read more about it below. You can also find our latest blog on this subject here, on our website!

Additionally, January is also both Cervical Health Awareness Month as well as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Both of these topics are critical to addressing gender inequalities globally, and we encourage you to share your amazing work with us addressing these and any other topics related to gender so that we can profile it. 

I also wanted to share a friendly reminder that if you are interested in submitting an abstract for this year's InWomen's Conference, the deadline has been extended to February 28th. Late Breaker submissions with new data will also be accepted May 1-7. You can read more about this year's conference below!

As always, I hope that you and your families remain healthy during this surge of COVID-19 globally, and that your 2022 is off to a productive and great start. Our work to end gender inequality and disparity through science and implementation is needed more than ever!

In health,
Dr. Wendee

RTI Gender-related January Publications
  • Bell, E. F., Hintz, S. R., Hansen, N. I., Bann, C. M., Wyckoff, M. H., DeMauro, S. B., Walsh, M. C., Vohr, B. R., Stoll, B. J., Carlo, W. A., Van Meurs, K. P., Rysavy, M. A., Patel, R. M., Merhar, S. L., Sánchez, P. J., Laptook, A. R., Hibbs, A. M., Cotten, C. M., D’Angio, C. T., … Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. (2022). Mortality, In-Hospital Morbidity, Care Practices, and 2-Year Outcomes for Extremely Preterm Infants in the US, 2013-2018. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 327(3), 248–263. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2021.23580
  • Crankshaw, E., Gaber, J., Guillory, J., Curry, L., Farrelly, M., Saunders, M., Hoffman, L., Ganz, O., Delahanty, J., Mekos, D., & Alexander, T. (2022). Final Evaluation Findings for This Free Life, a 3-Year, Multi-Market Tobacco Public Education Campaign for Gender and Sexual Minority Young Adults in the United States. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 24(1), 109–117. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntab146
  • Flax, V. L., Ipadeola, A., Schnefke, C. H., Ralph-Opara, U., Adeola, O., Edwards, S., Bose, S., & Brower, A. O. (2022). Breastfeeding interpersonal communication, mobile phone support, and mass media messaging increase exclusive breastfeeding at 6 and 24 weeks among clients of private health facilities in Lagos, Nigeria. The Journal of Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxab450
  • Goldenberg, R. L., Saleem, S., Goudar, S. S., Guruprasad, G., Tikmani, S. S., & McClure, E. M. (2022). Preventability of stillbirths: context matters. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 129(1), 173–174. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16956
  • Goulding, A. N., Metz, T. D., Middleton, J. C., Hoffman, M. C., Miller, E. S., Moore Simas, T. A., Stuebe, A., Viswanathan, M., & Gaynes, B. N. (2022). Pharmacologic treatment for perinatal mental health disorders. Obstetrics and Gynecology. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000004638
  • Harris, M. T. H., Laks, J., Stahl, N., Bagley, S. M., Saia, K., & Wechsberg, W. M. (2022). Gender dynamics in substance use and treatment: A women’s focused approach. The Medical Clinics of North America, 106(1), 219–234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcna.2021.08.007
  • Higgins, R. D., & Das, A. (2022). Progress in neonate safety. The Lancet, 399(10322), 340–341. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02343-6
  • Malo, V. F., Ritchwood, T. D., Relf, M. V., & Bekker, L.-G. (2022). Does type of social support influence medication adherence among South African adolescents living with HIV? A quantitative analysis of pilot data. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. https://doi.org/10.1097/JNC.0000000000000325
  • Margolis, M. A., Brewer, N. T., Boynton, M. H., Lafata, J. E., Southwell, B. G., & Gilkey, M. B. (2022). Provider response and follow-up to parental declination of HPV vaccination. Vaccine, 40(2), 344–350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.11.055
  • Margulis, A. V., Kawai, A. T., Anthony, M. S., & Rivero-Ferrer, E. (2022). Perinatal pharmacoepidemiology: How often are key methodological elements reported in publications? Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 31(1), 61–71. https://doi.org/10.1002/pds.5353
  • Meinhofer, A., Hinde, J. M., Keyes, K. M., & Lugo-Candelas, C. (2022). Association of comorbid behavioral and medical conditions with cannabis use disorder in pregnancy. JAMA Psychiatry, 79(1), 50–58. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.3193
  • Mortensen, N. P., Pathmasiri, W., Snyder, R. W., Caffaro, M. M., Watson, S. L., Patel, P. R., Beeravalli, L., Prattipati, S., Aravamudhan, S., Sumner, S. J., & Fennell, T. R. (2022). Oral administration of TiO2 nanoparticles during early life impacts cardiac and neurobehavioral performance and metabolite profile in an age- and sex-related manner. Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 19(1), 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12989-021-00444-9
  • Ndirangu, J. W., Gichane, M. W., Browne, F. A., Bonner, C. P., Zule, W. A., Cox, E. N., Smith, K. M., Carney, T., & Wechsberg, W. M. (2022). “We have goals but [it is difficult]”. Barriers to antiretroviral therapy adherence among women using alcohol and other drugs living with HIV in South Africa. Health Expectations. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13422
  • Rahmaty, Z., Johantgen, M. E., Storr, C. L., Gilden, R., Wang, Y., & Black, M. M. (2022). Patterns of caregivers’ feeding practices and associated characteristics among preschool-age children in the United States. Appetite, 168, 105769. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105769
  • Reddy, K., Mathebula, F., Katz, A., Luecke, E., Tenza, S., Palanee-Phillips, T., Garcia, M., Mansoor, L. E., Naidoo, S., Morar, N., Chitukuta, M., Tsidya, M., Montgomery, E. T., & MTN-032 Study team. (2022). Ring-ing in the Future: Participant and Male Partner Perspectives Regarding Future Use of the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention. AIDS and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-021-03542-z
  • Richter, H. E., Carnes, M. U., Komesu, Y. M., Lukacz, E. S., Arya, L., Bradley, M., Rogers, R. G., Sung, V. W., Siddiqui, N. Y., Carper, B., Mazloomdoost, D., Dinwiddie, D., Gantz, M. G., & Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. (2022). Association between the urogenital microbiome and surgical treatment response in women undergoing midurethral sling operation for mixed urinary incontinence. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 226(1), 93.e1-93.e15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2021.07.008
  • Salas, M., Mordin, M., Castro, C., Islam, Z., Tu, N., & Hackshaw, M. D. (2022). Health-related quality of life in women with breast cancer: a review of measures. BMC Cancer, 22(1), 66. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-021-09157-w
  • Seifer, D. B., Lambert-Messerlian, G., Palomaki, G. E., Silver, R. M., Parker, C., Rowland Hogue, C. J., Stoll, B. J., Saade, G. R., Goldenberg, R. L., Dudley, D. J., Bukowski, R., Pinar, H., & Reddy, U. M. (2022). Preeclampsia at delivery is associated with lower serum vitamin D and higher antiangiogenic factors: a case control study. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 20(1), 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12958-021-00885-z
  • Shane, A. L., Hansen, N. I., Moallem, M., Wyckoff, M. H., Sánchez, P. J., Stoll, B. J., & Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. (2022). Surgery-Associated Infections among Infants Born Extremely Preterm. The Journal of Pediatrics, 240, 58-65.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.08.064
  • Short, V. L., Bellad, R. M., Kelly, P. J., Washio, Y., Ma, T., Chang, K., Majantashetti, N. S., Charantimath, U. S., Jaeger, F. J., Lalakia, P., Goudar, S. S., & Derman, R. (2022). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary impact of an mHealth supported breastfeeding peer counselor intervention in rural India. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 156(1), 48–54. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijgo.13599
  • Thornburg, J., Islam, S., Billah, S. M., Chan, B., McCombs, M., Abbott, M., Alam, A., & Raynes-Greenow, C. (2022). Pregnant women’s exposure to household air pollution in rural bangladesh: A feasibility study for poriborton: the change trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010482
  • Tordoff, D. M., Zangeneh, S., Khosropour, C. M., Glick, S. N., McClelland, R. S., Dimitrov, D., Reisner, S., & Duerr, A. (2022). Geographic variation in HIV testing among transgender and non-binary adults in the US. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000002909
  • Wang, Y., Zhu, E., Hager, E. R., & Black, M. M. (2022). Maternal depressive symptoms, attendance of sessions and reduction of home safety problems in a randomized toddler safety promotion intervention trial: A latent class analysis. Plos One, 17(1), e0261934. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261934
  • Washio, Y., Collins, B. N., & Kilby, L. M. (2022). Emerging opportunities to improve treatment access for substance use disorders and other comorbid health issues among women enrolled in WIC. Health Promotion Practice, 15248399211069094. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399211069094

We update our website regularly with all RTI Gender-related publications under resources. Please let us know if we missed any of yours. 

January Publication Feature

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Household air pollutants (HAP) pose a significant health burden to women of reproductive age, and can cause issues during pregnancy as well. RTI International researchers examined how to target and address Bangladeshi pregnant women's HAP exposure through a feasibility study of providing cleaner cooking supplies, such as a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stove. The study suggests that utilizing LPG stoves can reduce peak HAP exposure for pregnant women and HAP exposure during cooking periods. Data also reflected the impact of additional environmental factors such as climate could have on HAP exposure. Read more here


Thornburg, J., Islam, S., Billah, S. M., Chan, B., McCombs, M., Abbott, M., Alam, A., & Raynes-Greenow, C. (2022). Pregnant women’s exposure to household air pollution in rural bangladesh: A feasibility study for poriborton: the change trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010482

RTI Gender-related January Project Wins

Congratulations to: 

  • Randy Eckhoff and team on their project win, Pilot and Feasibility Studies in Preparation for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Trials (R34 Clinical Trial Optional), from the University of Connecticut
  • James Harrington and team on their win, BEE Study Analytical Support - Trace Metals, from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • James Harrington and team on their win, Resubmission: Analysis of Toxic Metals in Human Tissue Samples, from North Carolina State University
  • Amanda Honeycutt and team on their win, Costs of PrEP in the United States, from HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute


January Project Feature

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FDA Patient Preference Information Study for Contraceptives: In September 2020, the FDA contracted with RTI to conduct a patient preference information study on contraceptives to better understand the benefit-risk trade-off preferences for reversible contraception among reproductive aged (15-50 years) persons who are able to become pregnant. As part of the study, we conducted two focus groups with younger (18-24) and older (25-35) transmen, agender, and non-binary participants. Focus group participants were asked to reflect on the attributes of contraception that were most important to them in choosing a method, e.g., effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, effects on bleeding, placement, and resupply frequency, and to rank the top 6 attributes that they consider in their choice of contraception. The semi-structured focus group guide and materials displayed during the focus groups were adapted to reflect the most up-to-date and appropriate terms (e.g., anatomical, contraceptive management) using materials from the Fenway Institute and other peer-reviewed articles.  


January Events

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Accidental fistula in Cesarean section: a retrospective review of 9 African countries
On January 22nd, Global Gender Center affiliate Carrie Ngongo shared her doctoral research examining the implications of an increase in Cesarean sections in Africa on the rate of accidental fistula based on self-reported data from 9 African countries. This event was in honor of Maternal Health Awareness Day, and featured an engaging discussion about how to improve healthcare systems to provide high quality care. 

If you would like the recording of this event, please contact ivanderdrift@rti.org

Upcoming Events

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Join this year's WomenNC scholars as they share their research on women's issues in North Carolina, in preparation for their presentations at this year's United Nations Commission on the Status of Women! 
Be on the lookout for an invitation in the coming weeks!


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14th InWomen's Group Conference: Facing Our Challenges and Keeping Our Commitment in the Field of Gender and Substance Use | June 10, 2022

The 2022 InWomen's Conference will be in-person this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota! The conference will also have a hybrid option for those who are unable to attend in person.
Call for Abstracts
Abstracts for 5-minute oral presentations are being solicited in lieu of posters.
Panel II will also welcome oral presentations from a select number of early-career investigators with high-quality abstracts based on the following criteria:
(1) Adheres to the InWomen's mission, focus, and 2022 theme;
(2) Contains a gender and substance use component or focus;
(3) Is well written and follows format guidelines and;
(4) Is focused on a critical topic

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the InWomen's Abstract Review Committee. 
NOTICE: Late Breaker submissions with new data will be accepted for consideration May 1-7, 2022

Key Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28th at 11:59 PM EST
Late Breaker Submissions: May 1 - 7 
Decision Notifications and Registration: March 2022

Submit Abstracts Here

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