Recently Funded Studies

Women’s Health Research at Yale supports inventive new research designed to discover and develop solutions to health conditions affecting women today. This year’s Pilot Project Program research areas include cannabis use, obesity, ovarian cancer, and heart attacks. 

The reach and productivity of the Pilot Project Program have been dramatically increased with the Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award, for investigations that are highly inventive or close to a major breakthrough in advancing women's health. 

Click here for the 2016 Awards Press Release



Cannabis Use

Dr. Kelly Cosgrove examines how smoking cannabis affects the brain in women and men.

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Fat Distribution Pathways

Dr. Matthew Rodeheffer plans to continue research he first advanced with a 2011 WHRY grant that focused on how women’s body fat increases in obesity.

Ovarian Cancer

Adapting a Virus for Treatment

Dr. Anthony N. van den Pol aims to test a virus to treat chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer.

Heart Attack

Categorizing Heart Attacks

Dr. Erica S. Spatz will test a method of classifying women who have heart attacks into more specific categories to allow for more targeted treatment by medical professionals.

Women’s Health Research at Yale was founded in 1998 to address disparities in medical research by initiating and supporting groundbreaking studies on the health of women and gender-specific aspects of health and disease. WHRY has since grown into a national model and one of the largest interdisciplinary research centers of its kind in the country. WHRY's Pilot Project Program funds studies on women's health and gender-specific medicine that demonstrate new approaches to major challenges in women's health and describe a clear path to implementation for clinical or public health benefit.

Since its inception, WHRY has awarded more than $4.9 million in annual pilot grants to more than 80 investigators who have obtained more than $85 million in external grants to further their research.