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February 7, 2001, Washington, DC The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health is proud to present this year's Jacobs Institute--Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar in Women's Health Award to Dr. Dawn Upchurch, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health.

The focus of Dr. Upchurch's research is the risk of involuntary sex among adolescent girls (age 11- 18). The purpose of her research is to examine the prevalence and patterns of self-reported involuntary sexual intercourse, e.g. rape, dating violence, or child abuse, among a nationwide cross section of young women. In particular, Dr. Upchurch's research will focus on whether differences in risk of involuntary sex are due to differences in rates of onset of sex or differences in risk among the sexually active. The findings of this research will be used to identify and develop programmatic strategies to improve young women's health and health care.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Research Scholar in Women's Health Award is an annual $30,000 award given by the Jacobs Institute for research to improve the delivery of health care services to women.

The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, practice, and understanding of women's health.

The award is funded through a grant from Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Based in Raritan, New Jersey, Ortho-McNeil markets pharmaceutical products in several therapeutic categories including analgesics, infectious disease, central nervous system, wound healing and women's health.

Past awards have focused on contraceptive use among Latina women, racial differences in estrogen use, and risk for pre-term birth associated with reproductive tract infections.

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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Steve Fitzer
The Jacobs Institute
(202) 863-4989