Improving Women’s Health through Sex-Specific Medicine

  • Woodruff, Teresa K (PD/PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Since the passage of the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, mandating the inclusion of women in federally funded clinical trials, there has been a growing body of evidence that sex differences are found in all body systems beyond reproductive health and may have underestimated consequences in clinical medicine. New scientific and clinical interest is arising in analyzing sex-based medicine in the context of women’s holistic health. There have been several recent movements from the NIH to advance women’s health research—particularly by publically drawing attention to the necessity of sex-specific research and medicine. Facilitating monthly women’s health research forums will help educate the medical community and patients on the breadth of sex-sensitive clinics, trials, and advances at Northwestern, staging a new foundation for precision medicine in women. Being on the forefront of this national movement—through our WHRI Women’s Health Research Forums—is critical to enabling clinical providers at Northwestern Medicine with the tools to treat women better and empowering patients with improved knowledge on their holistic health. These forum objectives are to highlight sex differences in diagnosis and treatment across all body systems, connect community members to Northwestern Medicine, and tailor health care to women beyond the reproductive system.
Effective start/end date9/1/158/31/17


  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Exhibit B.9/Agr. 9/10/15)


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