Twenty years and counting for Women's Health Research at Yale
Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY), a self-supporting center within Yale School of Medicine, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in February. With data developed through $5 million in WHRY grants to date, Yale scientists have gone on to secure $95 million in external grants to further their research into women’s health.Source: Medicine@Yale
Mystery of breast cancer risk gene solved, 20 years after its discovery
More than 20 years after scientists revealed that mutations in the BRCA1 gene predispose women to breast cancer, Yale scientists have pinpointed the molecular mechanism that allows those mutations to wreak their havoc. The findings, reported Oct. 4 in the journal Nature, will not only help researchers design drugs to combat breast and ovarian cancers, but also help identify women who are at high risk of developing them, the authors say. “There have been about 14,000 papers written about BRCA1, and you would think we already know everything about the gene, but we don’t,” said senior author Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and of therapeutic radiology and member of the Yale Cancer Center.
Women’s Health Research at Yale to Fund Four New Studies
With seed money through this year’s Pilot Project Program – including the second-ever Naratil Pioneer Award recipient for research on the verge of a significant breakthrough – the researchers aim to answer questions vital to improving women’s health.
WHRY-Funded Investigator Reducing the Confusion In Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk
Dr. Ryan Jensen knows, having devoted much of his health research career to studying the intricacies of the BRCA2 gene, providing clear answers about breast cancer risk based on genetic testing can be problematic.
Women’s Health Research at Yale funds pilot projects on debilitating and lethal diseases
Jumpstarting inventive research with major clinical implications, Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) is supporting studies on vital women’s health issues via Pilot Project Program “seed” grants, as well as an inaugural Pioneer Award.
Women's Health Research at Yale: 2013 Pilot Project Awards Announced
This year’s content areas include breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women; autoimmune diseases, more common in women than men, including antiphospholipid syndrome, (or APS), which can cause stroke, heart attack and pregnancy-related problems, and lupus; HIV prevention, as HIV is far more prevalent among young black women than other young women, and sexually transmitted infections that affect more women than men and currently have no cure or intervention to prevent recur
Yale Researcher Studying CBD Effects for Women
A researcher at Yale University is taking a closer look at how CBD affects women because most studies only focus on men. Her study, funded by WHRY, could help better inform women about dosing and how best to use the product for issues like anxiety and pain management.Source: NBC Connecticut
WHRY’S Undergraduate Fellows Focus on the Future
Each year, Women’s Health Research at Yale mentors undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and science. Through the WHRY fellowship these interests are infused with an appreciation for the role sex and gender differences have in medicine allowing them to integrate women’s health into their academic pursuits.
‘This is About Saving Women’s Lives’: Find It Early Act Aims to Increase Breast Cancer Screenings
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced the introduction of the Find It Early Act which, if passed, would require insurance companies to cover mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and MRIs to increase early cancer detection.
Where Are All the Women in Industry Advisory Boards?
A new study, co-authored by WHRY-collaborator Dr. Pamela Kunz, finds women are underrepresented in critical spaces of medicine, including academic and medical society leadership, journal editorial boards, and research teams. The authors suggest this absence may be holding women back in their careers.Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology
Black Women Excluded from Critical Studies Due to ‘Weathering’
Researchers theorize Black women age earlier and faster as a result of being "weathered" by a lifetime of racial discrimination and race-based stressors. As a result, many Black women are excluded from clinical research studies after reaching age-based milestones earlier.