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Mission Statement

Historically, our understanding of the manifestation of health and disease has been derived from studies conducted primarily in men. We now know that having different sex chromosomes at conception (XX in women and XY in men) plays a significant and distinct role in our health - far beyond the reproductive system.

In virtually every medical discipline, there exist unanswered questions pertaining to women's health and well-being. Recognizing these questions, the Institute for Women's Health Research at Northwestern University was formed, with the goal of stimulating research that will advance our knowledge about women's health.

The Institute brings together expert researchers from Northwestern University and the Feinberg School of Medicine, and joins their strengths with those of world-class clinicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Prentice Women's Hospital. These teams work collaboratively to ensure that the knowledge gained in basic research programs is swiftly translated into improved, gender-specific care.


Established in November of 2007, the Institute for Women's Health Research was created at Northwestern University to help accelerate basic science and clinical research that will advance our knowledge of women's health. Our mission is to increase the women's health research portfolio at Northwestern University and our clinical affiliates; we focus on 5 ambitious goals to accomplish this mission:

  • To foster research that explores the sex and gender determinants of health and disease with an emphasis on women
  • To encourage interdisciplinary research, diversity inclusiveness and a comprehensive approach to women's health research
  • To prepare researchers, scientists and clinicians who understand the sex and gender determinants of health and disease; develop leadership among women and girls interested in science
  • To accelerate the translation of basic science research into clinical practice
  • To become the authoritative resource for the community on women's health issues and provide opportunities for the community to engage in the advancement of women's health




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