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Women’s Health Research at Yale raises its own funds to address disparities in medical research by initiating and nurturing groundbreaking studies on the health of women and sex-and-gender-specific aspects of health and disease.

Now more than ever we must maintain our commitment to funding studies that have practical applications for women’s health, closing a gap in knowledge allowed to spread over decades. We must continue to train the next generation of scientists to ensure the work can benefit our children and grandchildren. And we must enhance efforts to share our findings so the public can make more informed decisions about their health.

Former Director of the National Institutes of Health Bernadine Healy called the right to equal representation in health care the country’s “third suffrage movement.” And yet 25 years after the creation of the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, researchers continue to lump together data on women and men without ever considering sex or gender differences.

It continues to concern us that despite revisions of guidelines and recommendations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still does not require that new drug applications include women or that applicants analyze findings to address possible sex or gender differences.

To help change the way researchers investigate and analyze data concerning issues in women’s health, we have developed our Pilot Project Program.

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Pilot Project Program: Reach

Learn how this program provides "seed" money that enables scientists to generate feasibility data.

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Pilot Project Program: Returns

Learn how our investigators have used the results from their studies to generate external grants to further their research.

High-Impact Health Findings:

Our researchers' influential findings are improving health and healthcare for women. Click here to read about some of these findings.


Did you know that:

• Women remain underrepresented in studies of cardiovascular disease and cancer, the two leading killers of women in the United States?

• Most laboratory studies that serve as the basis for human health trials still use only male animals?

• A study to test the dangerous effects of mixing alcohol and the newly approved female libido drug only included two women out of 25 subjects?