Program Description

Objectives and Goals

The Women’s Health and Sex Differences (WHSD) Application area addresses a wide scope of sex/gender-based biology and medical topics, with a focus on health issues that are unique to, or more prevalent or different, in women compared to men. Research on differences due to sex (biology) and/or gender (sociocultural influences), and interactions of sex and gender on biology and health outcomes, is encouraged within each foundation and across all applications.

WHSD students receive training in a model that integrates biomedical and social science, by way of interdisciplinary, collaborative experiences driven from basic, translational, clinical and population research. This approach transcends the boundaries of medical specialties, in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of health for all women, and men from conception to old age.