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.