Our History

The Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology was established in 2002 through the generosity of Jack and Eileen Connors. Dr. Jill Goldstein was recruited in 2004 to become its first Director of Research and established the Research Advisory Committee, consisting of a number of the leaders in women’s health at BWH. With the creation of the BWH Brigham Research Institute (BRI) in October 2005 and the BRI Research Centers in 2006, Dr. Goldstein and the Connors Center Research Advisory Committee, with Dr. Julie Buring as BRI co-chair, became the core faculty group to develop a research agenda in women’s health and gender biology for BWH-BRI.


Working together over the last several years, this team has accomplished a number of important milestones thus far, including being awarded an NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health K-award training grant for young faculty [Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)] entitled “Hormones and Genes in Women’s Health: From Bench to Bedside”.




Our Departmental Affiliates

The Connors – BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health & Gender Biology engages the talent and resources of a diverse group of investigators. Research is conducted by physicians and scientists from the Division of Women’s Health and the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology spanning the departments of Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, and Psychiatry.




Our Investigators

Investigators at BWH are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to advances in women’s health research as recipients of prestigious awards including membership of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the North American Menopause Society’s (NAMS) Postmenopausal Cardiovascular Health Research Award. Additionally BWH investigators hold specialized grants to conduct interdisciplinary research, including one of only eleven Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health Awards by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health; this award will explore fetal antecedents to sex differences in depression.




Learn More

To learn more about the hospital’s initiatives in women’s health, visit the Women’s Health Clinical Center of Excellence site. For more information about the Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health and Gender Biology, email bwhbri@partners.org.