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Studying sex & gender in preclinical research

Sex and gender influence health and disease, and must be considered as factors in the entire research process.

Including women in clinical research

ORWH works to ensure that women and minorities are included in NIH-funded clinical research.

Career Development

Career development and mentoring

ORWH develops and supports opportunities to recruit, retain, and advance women in biomedical careers.

Our Mission

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is the first Public Health Service office dedicated specifically to promoting women's health research within and beyond the NIH scientific community.

ORWH crafts and implements the NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research in partnership with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and co-funds research on the role of sex and gender on health. ORWH also collaborates with NIH ICs, the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and the NIH Office of Intramural Research to monitor adherence to NIH's inclusion policies, which ensure that women and minorities are represented in NIH-supported clinical research.

Director's Corner

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.

NIH Associate Director for Research on Women's Health

Portrait of Dr. Clayton

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