"Women were excluded as (research) subjects because we are more difficult and thus more costly to study, due for example, to daily hormone fluctuations. Historically, the solution was to study only men and then assume the findings applied to women. That reasoning was scientifically flawed. We need to study women to know what works in women. Knowing how women are different from men is essential to understanding prevention strategies, screening and diagnostic testing as well as medical and surgical treatments."
Dr. Nancy Milliken,
Vice Dean, UCSF School of Medicine; Director, National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
Through innovative research, we investigate women’s health needs across the full spectrum of a woman’s life.
Until recently, most clinical trials included only men, missing the differences in health risks and outcomes for women. We’re working to improve prevention, treatment and care by understanding these differences among diverse groups of women.
Our vision is to advance translational medicine by fostering research in basic science, clinical science and health policy. This means that new technologies and discoveries made in the research laboratory will be better translated to patient care and will foster the advancement of women's health.
Our celebrated research programs at the Women’s Health Clinical Research Center, the Bixby Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy, the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, the Center for Reproductive Sciences and the Lesbian Health and Research Center are paving the way with breakthroughs that raise the level of treatment and care for each woman.