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Advancing Our Common Purpose

September 12, 2018

Let’s agree on something basic: research should inform health care.

In 2018, that means science must take into account what makes each of us unique.

And, individual distinction begins with sex and gender.

When evaluating the development of diseases and the effectiveness of their treatments, it makes sense to begin with the biology that determines our sex classifications and the combination of biology, environment, and experience that forms our gendered self-representations.

And nowhere has this principle found a more successful champion than at Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Now entering its third decade, this self-supporting center continues to evolve and meet the challenges presented by the diseases and conditions that affect so many. WHRY does this by ensuring that science and clinical practice fully explore sex and gender and apply lessons learned in order to deliver their practical benefits.

Nowhere else will you find experts more committed to initiating and funding new studies on women’s health and exploring sex and gender differences. And, WHRY’s position within Yale School of Medicine offers unique opportunities for building interdisciplinary research partnerships and for training the next generation of researchers committed to advancing women’s health.

Further, WHRY shares its findings in order that people throughout the communities we serve can make informed decisions about their health and health care. In another dimension of our public purpose, WHRY works with policymakers to ensure public health initiatives reflect the best information available.

Women’s Health Research at Yale continues to accomplish these vital undertakings because of your generous and thoughtful support. I am tremendously grateful for our friends and their commitment to women’s health. Isn’t it good to know that there is a way we can act to benefit all people?

With thanks to everyone who has helped make WHRY a singular success,

Barbara M. Riley

Philanthropy Chair

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Submitted by Carissa R Violante on September 12, 2018