• Oct 08, 2020: Social Determinants of Health: Like Water to a Fish
    As everyone knows, fish live in water—with all its oxygen, nutrients, predators, and pollutants. That’s the environment in which fish thrive or languish. It affects their physiology, behavior, and survival. Similarly, society is our water, and the social determinants of health (SDOH) have a pervasive influence on us and our health—for good and bad, just as with fish. 
  • Sep 02, 2020: NIH Launches Challenge Prize to Help Address Gender Diversity and Equity Problems Faced by Faculty in Higher Education
    I am pleased to announce that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health has launched a new Challenge Prize competition to promote the advancement of women in leadership roles in higher education. 
  • Aug 04, 2020: Guest Blog—COVID-19 and Women’s Health
    Since March 11 of this year, when the respiratory illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a pandemic, close to 700,000 people have died.
  • Jun 11, 2020: How Sex and Gender Affect Health (And Why Knowing Matters)
    Medical schools are falling short. Despite the fact that women make up 50% of the population, schools’ curricula too often do not address how diseases and treatments affect women differently than men.
  • Apr 27, 2020: Sleep’s an Important Part of the Health Equation—Now More than Ever
    Here’s a wake-up call: Did you know that adults need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night for good physical and mental health?
  • Apr 08, 2020: Black Maternal Health: Amplify the Conversation and Act
    Black women die from pregnancy complications two to three times more than their White and Hispanic counterparts, according to a January 30, 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report containing the first national data on maternal deaths in the United States since 2007.
  • Mar 04, 2020: We Need More History Makers: NIH and ORWH’s Plan to Create Them
    Women’s History Month celebrates the inspiring contributions of women who have shaped the world. From the arts to politics to science, women—despite many obstacles—have made the world a better place for everyone.
  • Feb 11, 2020: Women’s Heart Health: The Heart of the Matter
    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death among women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. However, in a 2005 study, a surprisingly high number of physicians were not aware of the extent of CVD risks for women.
  • Jan 27, 2020: ORWH Celebrates 30th Anniversary
    This year is shaping up to be a momentous year for women’s health. For starters, ORWH celebrates its 30th anniversary—and with it NIH’s continued elevation of women’s health as “an integral part of the scientific fabric at NIH and throughout the scientific community.”
  • Oct 01, 2019: Guest Blog—Intimate Partner Violence: Raising Awareness, Taking Action
    Imagine a crowded sidewalk. More than 1 in 4 of the women there—walking, talking, and going about their business—have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) at some point in their lives. They may have experienced physical violence (e.g., slapping, hitting, and choking), sexual contact without consent, or stalking (repeated unwanted attention and contact that causes safety concerns) by current or former intimate partners.
  • Sep 26, 2019: ORWH Contributes $1 Million to NIH HEAL Initiative to Evaluate Impact of Opioids on Human Development
    One of our goals at the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is to help ensure that every woman receives—across her life course—evidence-based disease prevention and treatments tailored to her own needs, circumstances, and goals.
  • Sep 24, 2019: Research Shows Us How to Address Underrepresentation of Women in Academic Medicine; Now Let’s Finish the Job
    The academic medicine talent pool, long recognized as a vital component of that engine, is operating without a full complement of cylinders, creating an untold number of missed opportunities that the Nation cannot afford. What do I mean? Not everyone who is talented and desires a career in biomedical research is included, welcomed, and supported. I’m talking about women—and women of color especially.
  • Jul 17, 2019: A Game-Changing Pledge to Bring Greater Diversity to Scientific Panels
    Working at NIH, I often see the amazing advancements and achievements made by the biomedical research enterprise. One recent important advance is not a scientific finding or new technology, but a strong stand on principle made by NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. In his announcement, Time to End the Manel Tradition, Dr. Collins pledged to speak only at scientific events “where scientists of all backgrounds are evaluated fairly for speaking opportunities,” which will result in inclusive agendas for the meetings. 
  • Jul 11, 2019: July Is National Dry Eye Awareness Month
    Dr. Clayton Answers Questions About This Common Eye Condition. Are your eyes often irritated—as if dust or sand were in them? Do your eyes sting or burn? Are they sensitive to light? Has driving at night or wearing contact lenses become more difficult? If so, you may have dry eye disease. 
  • May 07, 2019: National Women’s Health Week/Strategic Plan
    The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health has joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) to observe the 20th anniversary of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), May 12–18.
  • Nov 07, 2014: Back to Basics: New Publishing Guidelines to Enhance Reproducibility and Relevance
    This week, Science and Nature report on new principles and guidelines in reporting preclinical research that were developed at a meeting organized in conjunction with NIH.
  • Sep 23, 2014: Stepping Stones to the Future
    Dr. Clayton; James Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.; and Elizabeth Wilder, Ph.D., announce $10 million in administrative supplement grants so that a sex/gender lens can be added to currently funded research projects.
  • Sep 11, 2014: A Conversation Worth Having
    NIH releases a Request for Information seeking input from the research community and others on key questions about the consideration of sex in NIH-funded studies.
  • Jun 27, 2014: Answering Questions on Considering Males and Females in Preclinical Research
    A Q & A guide is now available to answer questions about new NIH policies being developed to expand the consideration of sex in biomedical research with animals and cells.
  • Jun 23, 2014: Women Can Soar in STEM
    An update from the White House Summit on Working Families highlights findings from NIH-funded research examining why women may not progress to their full potential in the scientific workplace.
  • May 14, 2014: Questions Worth Asking of Science on Mother’s Day — and Every Day
    Highlighted on the occasion of National Women's Health Week, the Women's Health Research in Review slideshow catalogues advancements in women's health in recent decades.
  • May 14, 2014: Filling the Gaps: NIH to Enact New Policies to Address Sex Differences
    Nature publishes an announcement from NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Clayton about a plan requiring grant applicants to address sex-based considerations and analyses in preclinical research.
  • Mar 31, 2014: Science Gets a Second Chance
    Research grant supplements issued through a new ORWH program are giving scientists the opportunity to strengthen their research by adding a sex/gender lens to their currently funded research.
  • Feb 14, 2014: Sex Is in the News… And It Matters
    CBS' 60 Minutes and the Huffington Post take up the topic of sex differences in disease and responses to medication, shining a light on the importance of women's health research.
  • Jan 01, 2014: The Three Rs of Good Science
    Rigor, reproducibility, and relevance drive good science, and ORWH is shining a light on one area where research sometimes comes up short: accounting for differences between males and females.