Investigators Launch Study Aimed at Accelerating Understanding of Bipolar Disorder
A multidisciplinary team of researchers based at Yale will launch a series of studies aimed at accelerating understanding of bipolar disorder and generating new and more effective treatments. Hilary Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, will lead the research team.
Improving the Health of Pregnant Women
More than six million women are pregnant in the United States in any given year, and more than 90 percent of these women will take at least one medication. But clinical studies of medications, diseases, and conditions often exclude pregnant and lactating women, leaving women and their caregivers guessing about how pregnancy and childbirth affect the efficacy and safety of particular treatments.
Breaking it Down: How the Chemistry of Digestion is Uncovering Sex-Specific Causes of Colon Cancer
A new technology called metabolomics allows researchers to explore the small chemicals formed and used during digestion as a window into the formation of diseases such as colon cancer, seeking early warning signs and potent tactics for prevention.
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
Women’s Health Issues commentary: Physicians and researchers call for increased advocacy to address threats to women’s health
In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, a high-profile group of physicians and researchers who specialize in women’s health call on the public and providers to mobilize in defense of programs and benefits that affect women’s health.Source: Milken Institute School of Public Health GWU
Can Digestive Chemistry Uncover Sex-Specific Causes of Colon Cancer?
Dr. Caroline Helen Johnson received this year’s Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award and co-funding from the Yale Cancer Center to explore hormones and environmental factors related to metabolite production (such as sugars and amino acids) and beneficial bacteria that live in the colon as possible sources of gender difference.
Women’s Health Research at Yale funds studies on colon cancer, infections in pregnancy, and domestic violence
“Through our competitive peer review process, these three studies stood out as extremely promising opportunities to improve and even save lives,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, director of WHRY. “With these new grants, we continue to expand a broad scope of existing work to focus on questions vital to the health and well-being of millions of women, men, and children.”
The Long Road: Where women's health has been and where it's going
It wasn’t until 1986 that the National Institutes of Health created a guideline to include women in federally funded research. It wasn’t until 1993 that the United States first passed a law requiring the inclusion of women in studies seeking federal grants. And it wasn’t until just this year that studies funded with federal money required the use of female animals, tissues, and cells.
Outsmarting Herpes: Researchers Use the Body's Natural Defenses to Stop Outbreaks
Ever since receiving the first of two seed grants from Women’s Health Research at Yale in 2003, Dr. Akiko Iwasaki’s lab has established groundbreaking insights into the transmission, treatment and possible prevention of herpes.
Women still seek equity in health research 20-plus years after law passed
Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure chronicles the history of U.S. public policy toward the inclusion of women in health research, from the push to pass a law in 1993 finally requiring that women be included as participants in federally funded clinical studies to today’s incomplete progress.
What We Still Don’t Know About Women’s Health
Twenty-five years ago, a federal report established that women were not being included in any systematic way as participants in clinical research funded by our nation’s largest single funder of biomedical science, the National Institutes of Health. This meant that we did not know if the vast array of treatments developed by these studies resulted in the best or even appropriate treatments for women.