News and Events

September 29, 2017

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

August 28, 2017

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.

December 12, 2016

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.

September 26, 2016

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! 


September 12, 2016

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! 



September 7, 2016

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.

August 22, 2016

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 [1]. The authors analyzed over 1,600 surgical-based research studies and found that sex biases exist in the reporting and analysis of data.

November 19, 2015

Dr. Paula Stern is honored with the Louis V. Avioli Founders Award

November 18, 2015

Source: Throb

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.

November 13, 2015

Teresa Woodruff and Megan Castle

Source: The Conversation

November 2, 2015

Click Here to Listen to Radio Segment

Synopsis: Only about a third of research subjects in clinical studies are women. In basic research on animals and cells, female models are even more poorly represented. This results in poor understanding of how new drugs work on women and occasional drug recalls when major side effects are discovered after the fact. Experts discuss why such an imbalance occurs, its results, and how the problem is being addressed.