The WHRI is a unique community of researchers, clinicians, students and advocates affiliated with Northwestern University dedicated to improving women’s health by advancing the field of sex based biology.  

Housed in the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Women’s Health Research Institute is part of Northwestern Medicine which is comprised of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Established in 2006, The WHRI was founded and continues to be led by Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD  who is a national leader in ovarian biology, endocrinology and women’s health.

The WHRI facilitates and advocates for the inclusion of sex and gender as variables in all institutional research by bringing the best minds together to advance the field of sex based biology.    Our mandate is unique and with the counsel of our multidisciplinary Leadership Council of basic science, translational and clinical experts our work extends across all disciplines far beyond the reproductive system. The WHRI is the only entity at Northwestern that is actively and consistently advocating for sex inclusive research and care across the full spectrum of Northwestern Medicine intimately intersecting the university and its medical affiliates around women’s health.  In addition, the WHRI works to advance women in academic leadership in the biomedical sciences.

Our vision focuses on a world where sex and gender are systematically integrated as a key consideration in health research and its application to precision medicine.   We are committed to making sex inclusion not just a possibility, but a reality.

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