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Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

About ORWH

The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is part of the Office of the Director of NIH. ORWH works in partnership with the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure that women’s health research is part of the scientific framework at the NIH—and throughout the scientific community.

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What Is Women’s Health Research?

Why research on women’s health and sex differences is a priority at the National Institutes of Health.

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History and Mission

The ORWH promotes efforts to improve women's health through biomedical and behavioral research including study of the role of sex and gender in health and disease.

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Director’s Page

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., ORWH director, shares insight about research on women’s health and explains sex and gender influences on health and disease.

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NIH Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Research

The ACRWH advises the ORWH Director on priorities affecting women’s health and sex differences research and programs.

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NIH Coordinating Committee on Research on Women’s Health

CCRWH members are designees of NIH institutes and centers and provide guidance and support to the ORWH programs.

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ORWH Staff

ORWH staff include a diverse range of professional and scientific disciplines.

Did You Know?

Since the ORWH was established in 1990, significant progress has been achieved in four benchmark areas:

  • (1) Policies have been implemented to ensure that women and minorities are included in NIH clinical research.
  • (2) Research on women’s health and sex differences has expanded.
  • (3) Career development and mentoring programs have increased the number of women’s health researchers.
  • (4) Research results have been translated into health benefits for women.
This page last reviewed on June 8, 2015

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