Lorenz announces retirement from Center for Women's Health Research

Carol Lorenz, PT, PhD, associate director at the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) at UNC - Chapel Hill, has announced her retirement effective Dec. 31.

Since Lorenz joined CWHR in 2004, she has been influential in bringing support and awareness to the unique needs of research in the area of women’s health at UNC.

Her knowledge of the intricacies of federal, private and corporate funding has assisted many principal investigators, junior investigators and research teams navigate their way through the process. Lorenz has built networks of researchers, developed a clinical trials unit, and was instrumental in developing the Center’s strategic plan.  Her writing and editing expertise has been applied to research proposals, technical papers, plain-language teaching aides and professional guides.

“Carol has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Center for Women’s Health Research,” said Dr. Wendy Brewster, director of CWHR. “Her contributions to the quality of the grants submitted, participation in the development of the Center’s ten-year plan and operating policies cannot be overstated.  Carol has modeled professionalism, leadership, warmth and industry.”

Before joining the Center, Lorenz earned a bachelor of arts in zoology, a master of science in physical therapy and holds a doctorate in community psychology. Most recently she received a certificate in Essential Skills in Medical Writing from the American Medical Writers Association, and is pursuing an advanced certificate in Composition and Publication. Her professional background includes work in the areas of physical therapy, operations management, organizational change, customer service and human resources. Lorenz was an adjunct assistant professor at both Pfeiffer University and North Carolina State University. Since 2007, she has served as an adjunct research professor in UNC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Lorenz has also enjoyed giving back locally through her work as an Orange County paramedic, mayor pro-tem and town board member of Hillsborough. Nationally she is involved with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation in Key Largo, Fla. and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colo.

Lorenz will continue to support research at UNC as a consultant of the Center while taking the opportunity to explore a plethora of other interests.


About CWHR

The mission of CWHR is to improve women’s health through research by focusing on diseases, disorders and conditions that affect women only, women predominately, and/or women differently than men. Research efforts that require the most attention are identified through the collection and analysis of data for the report card. Current areas of research targeted by the Center include perinatal health, cancers affecting women, obesity, diabetes, women’s cardiovascular health, women’s mental health and substance abuse.