The mission of the Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health & Gender Biology at the BWH Brigham Research Institute (BRI) is to develop sex-specific treatment and prevention strategies in clinical medicine for the advancement of health care at BWH.
The Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health & Gender Biology has brought together BWH faculty who are highly regarded in their respective fields in gender biology and women’s health. Together, they promote the discovery of mechanisms across disciplines that explain sex differences in morbidity and mortality as well as disorders specific to women. The Center takes a lifespan perspective to identify etiologic mechanisms during fetal development, puberty, adulthood and aging. The Center highlights focus on periods specific to women such as child-bearing years, perimenopause and menopause. The Center is particularly interested in fostering translational models involving hormones and genes to investigate sex-specific vulnerabilities to illnesses and disorders specific to women.