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
Gender advocacy leads to major recognition for Yale oncologist Pamela Kunz, MD
Pamela Kunz, MD, was recently recognized as the 2021 Woman Oncologist of the Year by Women Leaders in Oncology for her commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through her research, committee leadership, and talks. “My advocacy is what is being recognized,” Kunz said, “To have the award acknowledge my DEI efforts is really meaningful.”
Improving the Diagnosis of Heart Disease in Women
Dr. Samit Shah is leading a team to demonstrate the effectiveness of validated, but not widely administered procedures for the many women who have reduced blood flow to the heart without blocked arteries or cholesterol build-up often associated with heart disease.
Assessing an Insomnia Intervention for Black Women
Dr. Soohyun Nam is testing — for the first time — an evidence-based stress-reduction intervention for insomnia that has shown potential for addressing the underlying causes of sleep difficulty in a manner culturally sensitive to the needs of Black women.
Pilot grants to study the health of women and resources for women faculty at Yale gaining momentum
Even today, attention to research on women’s health remains far behind that of men, and fewer women faculty are pursuing opportunities to commercialize their research. Two organizations at Yale – Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) and the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) --- are looking to change those trends, offering grants and programs specifically aimed at supporting women’s health research and supporting women faculty who wish to seek funding to bring their discoveries to a commercial light.