TECT Faculty and Mentors

Kim Boggess, MD | Fellowship Director

Professor of OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine with special interests in infectious and inflammatory complications of pregnancy. I began my clinical research career studying genital HSV in pregnancy. I have spent the past 20 years studying the effects of oral infection and systemic inflammation on pregnancy outcomes. Using K12 and K08 funding I developed a rabbit model to study the fetal and placental effects of oral pathogens. Most recently I completed work on identifying barriers to obtaining oral health care during pregnancy. My interests in inflammation have led me to pursue clinical research in the complications of obesity and diabetes and I am currently studying the maternal and fetal inflammatory responses to different diabetic therapies. In addition to being the PI of the TECT fellowship, I am the program director for the UNC K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) and a member of the Education, Training and Development Core of the UNC CTSA. I also work very closely with the researchers in the Center for Women's Health Research. My goal is to integrate these fellow and faculty training programs in a such a way to capitalize on the enormous research infrastructure present as well as synergize campus wide efforts in women's health research to improve health outcomes for the women and children we serve.


Mark A. Weaver, PhD | Fellowship Director

Mark A. Weaver, PhD, is Program Director for the TeCT fellowship and a research assistant professor with joint appointments in Medicine and Biostatistics at UNC-CH.  I have more than seventeen years’ collaborative and consultative experience in non-profit, industry, and academic settings.  Notably, I worked for more than 7.5 years at Family Health International (now FHI360) in Durham, NC, where I contributed to the design and analysis of many randomized, cluster-randomized, and observational studies in women’s and reproductive health with clinical, behavioral, and health services research outcomes.  Moreover, I maintain close, active, and collaborative relationships with reproductive health researchers at FHI360, Gynuity Health Projects in New York, California Family Health Council, and elsewhere.   My primary areas of statistical expertise include longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, and the design, analysis, and interpretation of randomized controlled trials.  In addition to being the Program Director of the TECT fellowship, I am one of two faculty biostatisticians in the Education, Training, and Career Development Program within the NC TraCS Institute, where I provide statistical and study design expertise to clinical and translational research scholars supported by UNC’s CTSA.

 


Evan R. Myers, MD, MPH | Faculty

MYERS_EVAN.01Evan R. Myers, MD, MPH. Walter L. Thomas Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Duke University. I've been with the TECT program since it first started. Although I've done everything in women's health research from heading the data coordinating center for a NICHD clinical trials network in reproductive medicine to heading a registry collecting outcomes for patients undergoing uterine artery embolization to serving on the international steering committee for Phase III trials of HPV vaccines to leading systematic reviews of a wide range of women's health topics for AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Center, my main research focus over the past 20 years has been using the tools of computer modeling, decision analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis to address clinical and policy issues in women's health. Topics have included cervical, ovarian, and endometrial cancer prevention and treatment, prevention and treatment of infectious complications of pregnancy, and strategies for minimizing complications of gynecologic surgery, among others. Recent work has focused on using these methods to help with guidelines development (including a current update to the American Cancer Society's breast cancer screening recommendations), research prioritization, and research design. I teach graduate courses in decision analysis applications in healthcare in both the medical and business school at Duke, and serve as a formal mentor for fellows, graduate students, and junior faculty at both Duke and UNC.


Debra Powers | Program Coordinator