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WHRY wants you to know what we know

Health research can lead to insights into medical conditions and advancements in treatment that can help millions of people. But we don't want to keep that new information within a tight circle of medical professionals. It’s important to share the latest findings with the public so they can make more informed decisions about their health.

Here are some recent examples of how we share the latest progress in women’s health.

Reports, commentary, and journal articles

Women’s Health Research at Yale: 20 Years at the Forefront of Science.

This Yale Medicine Magazine feature highlights WHRY’s accomplishments over the past 20 years and looks ahead to an exciting future.

Read the article on Yale Medicine Magazine's website ▶

We wouldn’t have known if we hadn’t looked

Melinda Beck, Yale Class of ’77, illustrates how WHRY is jump-starting new research on gender and health.

Read the article in Yale Alumni Magazine ▶

Sex, Gender, and Medical Devices

A study led by WHRY and the University of California, San Francisco (authored by Sanket Dhruva, et al) shows that few medical devices are analyzed to consider the influence of their users’ sex, age, or race on safety and effectiveness.

Read the article on PubMed ▶

The Risk of Remaining Silent: Addressing the Current Threats to Women's Health

WHRY joins medical and public health experts from across the country in calling for increased public engagement to address federal government efforts that can threaten women’s health care.

Read the full text for The Risk of Remaining Silent on ScienceDirect ▶

Sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure and Dr. Joel Swendsen, Director of Research at the University of Bordeaux in France, provide an overview of the latest research concerning sex and gender differences involving the development, incidence, and treatment of dementias, from brain growth that begins before birth to differing progression of the disease in adults. And they call for researchers to focus on the effect of sex on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias to better guide health care providers in caring for both women and men.

Read the full article, published in the Lancet Neurology in April 2016 ▶

Our evolving science: studying the influence of sex in preclinical research

WHRY Director Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., challenges the assumptions and conclusions of criticisms to a National Institutes of Health policy, implemented in 2016. This policy requires researchers seeking grants to consider and analyze sex as a variable in preclinical laboratory research. Dr. Mazure provides a close reading of the relevant science literature and a rebuttal of misconceptions about the value of preclinical investigations.

Read this article, published in BMC Biology of Sex Differences in February 2016 ▶

20 Years and Still Counting: Including women as participants and studying sex and gender in biomedical research

Dr. Mazure traces the history of U.S. public policy toward the inclusion of women in health research and describes in detail how despite much progress, the effects of sex and gender are not widely analyzed or reported.

Read this report, published in BMC Women's Health in October 2015 ▶

Informational Pamphlets

Women's Health Research at Yale has created a collection of resources to inform women and men alike about important topics in women's health.

If you are interested in ordering copies of our informational pamphlets, please contact


Understanding Depression in Women: Applying Empirical Research to Practice and Policy

Edited by Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., and Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, Ph.D.

American Psychological Association, April 2006

Depression remains more common in women than men, and is the leading cause of disability for women worldwide. This book highlights contemporary research on causes, treatment, and prevention strategies for depression. And it proposes how these findings can inform practice and provide the basis for more effective mental health policy.

Purchase "Understanding Depression in Women" ▶

Globalization, Women, and Health in the 21st Century

Edited by Ilona Kickbusch, Kari A. Hartwig, and Justin M. List

Palgrave MacMillan, December 2005

This book on globalization and women's health features the work of several Yale professors. The book includes a chapter by Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure on "The Case for Women's Health Research in the Unites States: Grassroots Efforts, Legislative Change, and Scientific Development."

Purchase "Globalization, Women, and Health in the 21st Century" ▶

Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?

Edited by Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.

American Psychiatric Association Publishing, May 1995

Dr. Mazure gathered a collection of 20 experts to examine the best available data linking stress to psychiatric illness. Using the latest models, this book offers a guide for medical practitioners, students and researchers to make distinctions among different types of stress, account for different individual stress responses, examine how stress might lead to psychiatric disorders, investigate the neurobiology of stress, and learn ways to prevent stress from leading to sickness.

Purchase "Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?" ▶