For over a decade, the Women’s Health Science Program at Northwestern University has supported young women interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine by providing academic support, hands-on laboratory training, and access to role models and mentors. The continued success of the program is exemplified by its alumnae, who refer to themselves as “Science Sisters,” the entirety of whom have gone on to pursue college degrees, with over 80% of those in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical (STEMM) fields.
WHRI Director, Dr. Teresa Woodruff was recently interviewed by U.S. News and World Report for their latest piece highlighting gaps in Women’s Health Research. The piece features insights into sex- and gender-based health issues, including the need for sex-inclusive science.
To read more about Dr. Woodruff’s insights into the next generation of discoveries which consider sex as a biological variable, click here!
The Academy of Women's Health profiles WHRI Director, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, in their latest blog post. The article, "From Bench to Bedside To Babies to Boardrooms: Teresa Woodruff is Making an Impact," discuss her scientific research and advocacy efforts to promote sex inclusive science.
In 2017, the Academy of Women's Health awarded Dr. Woodruff the Journal of Women's Health Award for Outstading Achievement in Women's Health Research.
WHRI Director, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, was featured in an episode of the Freakonomics Podcast entitled “Bad Medicine,” which explored some of mistakes and errors made by scientists and clinicians over the last century. In this episode, Dr. Woodruff discusses the history behind the exclusion of premenopausal and pregnant women in clinical trials and the lasting impact it has held on the field of biomedical research.
The Women's Health Research Institute was featured in a video at the Friends of Prentice Benefit Dinner held on Friday, Septeber 16th, 2016. Check out the video below to learn more about the scope and mission of the WHRI!
This month, the Feinberg School of Medicine's monthly newsletter featured a question and answer session with Dr. Niki Woitowich, Director of Science Outreach and Education for the Women's Health Research Institute. Click here to learn more about Dr. Woitowich and her insights into the WHRI!
On August 31st, 2016, Northwestern University welcomed NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to campus for a discussion of biomedical research funding in the United States. At a press conference following the discussion, Director Collins addressed an issue central to the Women’s Health Research Institute – the inclusion of women in biomedical research.
Members of the WHRI Leadership council have been longstanding champions for the consideration of sex within biomedical and clinical research studies. Recently, a new study conducted by members of the WHRI Leadership and colleagues, was published in the journal JAMA Surgery . The authors analyzed over 1,600 surgical-based research studies and found that sex biases exist in the reporting and analysis of data.
BY SARAH PLUMRIDGE ON FEB 17, 2016
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Dr. Paula Stern is honored with the Louis V. Avioli Founders Award
By: Diane Kelly
Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that high school sex education in the United States is an unholy mess. And as a result, an alarming number of students enter college with little knowledge about how their bodies work in terms of reproductive health.