Funding and Donations

Funding includes:

  • NIH National Institute of Aging (NIA)
  • NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD)
  • NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
  • NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • University of Michigan Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
  • University of Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
  • State of Michigan Department of Civil Rights (PI: Handal)
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (PI: Handal)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (PI: Stern)
  • National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (PI: Marsh)
  • National Eye Institute (PI:s Musch/Karvonen-Gutierrez)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PIs: Keene/McConnell)
  • State of Michigan Economic Development Corporation (PI: McConnell)

MaryFran R. Sowers Fund for Women’s Health

In honor of MaryFran Sowers’ academic and scientific contributions, the MaryFran R. Sowers Fund for Women’s Health fund was established in 2013 by Dr. Sower’s husband, Ray Sowers, in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, to advance women’s health by supporting multi-disciplinary work from promising young scholars, including doctoral students and junior faculty, in the field of women’s health.

Faculty Awards
2014: Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor
Student Awards
2019: Traci Carson
2018: Alexis Reeves
2017: Elizabeth Hedgeman, MS, MPH
2016: Dongqing Wang, MPH
2015: Minjung Ko
2015: Lisbeth Iglesias-Rios, MS, MPH
2014: Kate Duchowny, MPH, doctoral student in Epidemiology

MaryFran Sowers Memorial Lecture

The Center for Midlife Science presents the MaryFran Sowers Memorial Lecture, a bi-annual event in honor of Dr. Sower’s extraordinary scientific contributions to the field of women’s health. The lecture inspires young scholars and members of the university’s research community to transcend the boundaries between varying fields of research to advance women’s health.

Click here to learn more about this year’s Memorial Lecture.


Your contribution promotes research supporting the breadth and depth of underlying physiological processes common to multiple diseases. Click here to donate to the MaryFran R. Sowers Fund for Women’s Health.