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Studying Sex to Strengthen Science (S4): Overview

NIH is calling on scientists to take a deliberate approach in considering sex in preclinical research to make sure that men and women get the full benefit of medical research. By instructing researchers to take sex into account as they develop their research questions, design experiments, analyze data, and report results, NIH continues to deliver the kind of rigorous science that drives the medical advances we need.

NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and Janine A. Clayton, M.D., outlined these changes in a Nature Comment published on May 14, 2014.

These activities will begin to roll out starting in October 2014. This website will continue to be updated with the most current information. Please explore these resources to learn more about these changes and the importance of sex as a fundamental variable in biomedical research that must be considered from the very start.

NIH Leaders Talk About How Studying Sex Strengthens Science

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This page last reviewed on July 9, 2014

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