BIRCWH Scholars Innovation Program (BSIP)


The MUSC SCORE recently 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, substance use disorder, and women’s health research.

BSIP activities are led by its steering committee members:

Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD: BSIP PI, MUSC SCORE MPI                                      Karen Hartwell, MD: BSIP Program Director
Jakie McGinty, PhD: MUSC BIRCWH PI
Aimee McRae-Clark, PharmD: MUSC SCORE MPI
Connie Guille, MD, MSCR: Reproductive Psychiatry, SCORE Project Co-PI
Jenna McCauley, PhD: Opioid Research, Remote Learning


BSIP resources are available to BIRCWH scholars nationwide. These resources consist of three core components that offer opportunities for BIRCWH scholars to:  Description of BSIP aims

(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 begins in January 2023, occurs virtually every third Tuesday of the month, and is open to anyone interested in attending.  Attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (per monthly session).  The schedule for the first half of 2023 is as follows, with all sessions being held from 1:00-2:30PM EST:

listing of didactic presentations


COMING IN SPRING 2023: BSIP Learning Management System! picture of an open laptop with graphs on the screen       
BSIP resources and requests will soon be centrally housed in a comprehensive learning management platform to which all current BIRCWH scholars will have access. This  platform will include archived BSIP didactic lectures, BSIP faculty profiles, and a growing list of substance use disorder research resources. As the full suite of BSIP offerings are rolled out – including consultation, mentorship, grant review, and mock study section requests – these will also be available to scholars via this custom learning management platform.


If you are interested in learning more about BSIP or would like a link to attend the virtual didactic series, please contact the SCORE Program Manager, Amanda Wagner, at