BIRCWH Scholars Innovation Program (BSIP)


In 2022, MUSC SCORE received funding to establish and lead the nation’s first BIRCWH Scholars Innovation Program (BSIP). The mission of the BSIP is to provide training and mentorship centered in the critical public health intersection of substance use/mental health disorders and women’s health research. It is open to current and post 1-year BIRCWH, NIDA K12, and SCORE Career Enhancement Core (CEC) scholars.

BSIP activities are led by its Steering Committee members:

Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD: BSIP PI, Distinguished University Professor (Psychiatry)

Karen Hartwell, MD: BSIP PD, Professor of Psychiatry

Aimee McRae-Clark, PharmD, BCPP: Professor of Psychiatry/Neuroscience

Connie Guille, MD, MSCR: Professor of Psychiatry

Jakie McGinty, PhD: Professor of Neuroscience

Jenna McCauley, PhD: Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Amanda Wagner, LPC: BSIP Program Manager



BSIP resources are available to BIRCWH, NIDA K12 and SCORE CEC scholars nationwide. These resources consist of three core components that offer opportunities for BIRCWH scholars to:  

(1) Participate in an engaging didactic series regarding key topics related to sex and gender differences in substance use disorders, as well the impact of substance use on women throughout the lifespan.
(2) Request consultation or mentorship to assist and/or guide the integration of substance use/use  disorder foci into their research portfolio.
(3) Receive critical feedback on grant proposals germane to women’s health and substance use disorders via either grant review or mock study section review.


Our didactic series began in 2023, occurring virtually every third Tuesday of the month. Sessions are open to anyone interested in attending. The 2024 summer/fall schedule is below, with all sessions being held from 1:00-2:00PM EST.  Please email Amanda Wagner to obtain Zoom link/calendar invites.

 Date Topic Presenter Affiliation
 6/25/2024 (4th Tuesday) Substance use and older adults Anya Benitez, PhD  MUSC
 7/16/2024 Emerging trends in substance use Erin Artigiani, MA  University of Maryland
 8/20/2024 Postpartum depression and emerging treatments Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH UNC Chapel Hill
 9/17/2024 Women and cannabis use Aimee McRae-Clark, PharmD, BCPP MUSC

BSIP Learning Management System is here! 

picture of an open laptop with graphs on the screenBSIP resources and requests are now centrally housed in a comprehensive learning management platform, MUSC Academy, to which all BSIP scholars have access. This  platform contains archived BSIP didactic lectures, BSIP mentor and scholar profiles, online request form for consultation and mentorship, and a growing list of substance use disorder research resources. Eventually we plan to add grant review and mock study section requests via this platform.  If you are a BSIP scholar who needs platform log-in credentials, please email Amanda Wagner.

If you are interested in learning more about BSIP, please contact the SCORE Program Manager, Amanda Wagner.