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 colon cancer, viral infections during pregnancy, and intimate partner violence.

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 2017 Awards Press Release

THE 2017 WHRY PILOT PROJECT PROGRAM GRANTS AND RECIPIENTS:

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Colon Cancer

Dr. Caroline Helen Johnson explores hormones and environmental factors related to metabolite production and beneficial bacteria that live in the colon as possible sources of sex difference.

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Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Dr. Michelle Silasi will test the effectiveness of a screening method that tests for viral exposure during pregnancy and allows for interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes.

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Interactive Intervention

Dr. Trace Kershaw will develop an intervention using an app to improve decision-making for mothers and daughters exposed to violence and reduce future intimate partner violence.


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 $5 million in annual pilot grants to investigators who have obtained more than $95 million in external grants to further their research.