About the Center
Women comprise slightly more than half of the U.S. population, use health care services more frequently than men and make most of the health care decisions for their families. Though during the past 20 years there have been successful efforts to include more women in research and expand women's health research beyond breast- and reproduction-related topics, progress related to conditions that disproportionately or differentially affect women has been limited.
To advance research in women's health-related areas — and address disparities between the sexes in diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of many diseases — Mayo Clinic established the Women's Health Research Center in 2011.
Research focus areas
While recognizing that research areas encompassing women's health are broad, the Women's Health Research Center has selected eight initial focus areas. The center is focusing on unique aspects of these conditions in women:
Building on existing efforts
The Women's Health Research Center complements and builds on a strong base of women's health-related research, educational and patient care activities at Mayo Clinic, such as:
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