Women and men can present with different symptoms, respond differently to medications and treatments, and receive different care based on social norms and implicit bias. Yet until very recently, health research has mainly focused on men, with findings applied to women, and social influences rarely considered. We work to change this biased practice through research that considers the distinct but linked concepts of sex (biological) and gender (social) differences, both of which impact health and well-being.
The Ludeman Center’s research is making a difference through research into preventive measures, like reducing obesity and treating diabetes in adolescent girls, and treatments, such as technological advances to better identify and treat heart failure in women.
We know that it takes healthy women to make a healthy world.
One in 5 health care dollars
is spent caring for people
Twice as many women as men suffer from depression
Through seed grants, the BIRCWH scholars program, and our nationally renowned mentoring approach, we support and further the careers and ground-breaking research of scientists who study women’s health and sex and gender differences.
From our National Conference on Women's health to the annual Women's Health Symposium, Women's Health Research Day and more, we draw researchers from our campus and around the world to network, learn and advance their research.