Women's Health Research at Yale University
135 College Street, Suite 220
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 135 College Street, Suite 220
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 764-6600 x
Fax 203-764-6609
E-mail whresearch@yale.edu
Web and Social Media

Mission

Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) benefits the community by developing new medical treatments, health promotion strategies, and diagnostic tools so that people can live healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

The primary product of the center’s mission is to change the landscape of medical research and practice by ensuring the study of women and examining health differences between women and men to improve the lives of everyone.

Our health directly affects our employment and earnings, economic security, educational opportunities, and child, family, and self-care. WHRY addresses the need for research that remedies health disparities experienced by women, and by uncovering gender differences in health outcomes that benefit both women and men. We do this by initiating never-before-undertaken research with direct practical implications for public health and translating and disseminating our findings for the benefit of the community through our Initiative for Community Wellness.

ADVANCING HEALTH EQUITY

Sex and gender are among the most important variables in understanding health, yet women have been historically underrepresented in clinical research. Our studies focus on health concerns specific to or more prevalent in women and the many conditions in which there are gender differences, thus providing new health information for both women and men. Through our strategic initiatives, our center partners with the community to translate our findings into improved health care.

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

WHRY and our Advisory Council partner with other community voices through our Initiative for Community Wellness to provide research findings that inform health decisions and contribute to the health initiatives outlined in the New Haven City Transformation Plan. We distribute and communicate health information of interest and value through a robust variety of outlets, including conferences and public events, quarterly print newsletters, social media, digital videos, and electronic mailing. Our messaging is increasingly targeted to meet our audiences on platforms they are actively using.

 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1701
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Carolyn M. Mazure Ph.D.
Board Chair Carol F. Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) benefits the community by developing new medical treatments, health promotion strategies, and diagnostic tools so that people can live healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

The primary product of the center’s mission is to change the landscape of medical research and practice by ensuring the study of women and examining health differences between women and men to improve the lives of everyone.

Our health directly affects our employment and earnings, economic security, educational opportunities, and child, family, and self-care. WHRY addresses the need for research that remedies health disparities experienced by women, and by uncovering gender differences in health outcomes that benefit both women and men. We do this by initiating never-before-undertaken research with direct practical implications for public health and translating and disseminating our findings for the benefit of the community through our Initiative for Community Wellness.

ADVANCING HEALTH EQUITY

Sex and gender are among the most important variables in understanding health, yet women have been historically underrepresented in clinical research. Our studies focus on health concerns specific to or more prevalent in women and the many conditions in which there are gender differences, thus providing new health information for both women and men. Through our strategic initiatives, our center partners with the community to translate our findings into improved health care.

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

WHRY and our Advisory Council partner with other community voices through our Initiative for Community Wellness to provide research findings that inform health decisions and contribute to the health initiatives outlined in the New Haven City Transformation Plan. We distribute and communicate health information of interest and value through a robust variety of outlets, including conferences and public events, quarterly print newsletters, social media, digital videos, and electronic mailing. Our messaging is increasingly targeted to meet our audiences on platforms they are actively using.

 
Background

In 1994, the National Institutes of Health, the largest single funder of biomedical research in the world, begin requiring the inclusion of women as subjects in clinical trials. Before then, women were largely excluded as participants in these studies, resulting in a highly significant gap in health data on women.

Women’s Health Research at Yale was founded in 1998 by Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, with initial funding from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. It’s goal then and now is to develop interdisciplinary research that responds to the dramatic need for scientific information on women’s health and on gender-specific factors determining health and disease.

In 2016, the NIH required laboratory studies seeking federal funding to use and analyze female animals, tissues, and cells. This very recent change in national science funding policy is important because basic science models form the foundation for subsequent human studies. Without the inclusion of females, these data lack the biological basis for exploring differences between women and men. Today, women remain underrepresented in many areas of study, including cardiovascular disease and cancer — the two greatest causes of death for women. Even when researchers do include adequate numbers of female subjects, studies are often not designed to assess the effects of sex and gender, leaving unanswered questions about possible differences that could improve health outcomes for both women and men.

Since its inception, WHRY has been changing research by initiating never-before-undertaken studies on the health of women and on gender differences in health and disease. Now heading into its third decade, WHRY continues to have high impact in research development and outcomes and successful communication of health information with the community.

Research initiated by WHRY broadens the scope of women’s health well beyond the important area of reproductive health and addresses the most pressing health concerns of women today. It also is committed to studying the clinical impact of gender differences. Some of our areas of study include cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, the effects of hormones, gender differences in immunity, depression, smoking cessation, intimate partner violence, and the effects of stress on our health.

Impact

Women’s Health Research at Yale:

  • Finds treatments, prevention strategies, and diagnostic tools that advance the public health and shares its findings with medical practitioners and the community
  • Provides a call to action within medical research to study the health of women and to investigate gender differences in health and disease that will benefit both women and men
  • Supports this call to action with the structure and resources afforded by an established interdisciplinary research center that advances a new perspective on scientific inquiry
  • Builds on a two-decade track record of success in determining new health findings
  • Advises local leaders on the health status of the community and public health policy

Our current goals include:

  • Initiating new research to improve the public health
  • Translating new research findings and delivering practical health information to the community in forms that are understandable and accessible
  • Teaching and mentoring researchers and physicians-in-training to ensure a future for translational research and gender-based practice in the service of the community
Needs

Our most pressing need is obtaining the funds necessary to support new studies that develop treatments, prevention strategies, and diagnostic tools to confront diseases and conditions that most affect the people who live in Greater New Haven and beyond.

These needs echo those outlined in the New Haven City Transformation Plan, including efforts to positively affect jobs and economic activity, early childhood well-being, youth education and development, health, and mental health.

Women’s Health Research at Yale is a self-supporting center within Yale University and, as such, must raise its own funds annually in support of our multi-year strategic plan to improve the public health. Our continued operation depends upon contributions from individuals and foundations, particularly in light of decreases in federal funding for health research and education and the rising costs for our Initiative for Community Wellness.

This funding supports new health information of interest and value to the community, research that has a direct effect on the health of the community, our infrastructure (without which new health research cannot be carried out), and our training program that ensures the next generation of innovative interdisciplinary researchers.

CEO Statement

Improvements in our health and health care depend on new scientific knowledge that can be translated into practical benefits — in the form of better clinical and personal practices. Yet research to generate this knowledge on women’s health and gender-specific aspects of health has been historically lacking, becoming a focus of attention only in recent years.

Our center was founded to address the need for biomedical research on women’s health. With generous support from friends in the community we have been successful in starting to ensure that women’s health and gender differences are studied, and that health information of practical benefit is derived from this work and used to enhance our lives and well-being.

We are unique in that since the inception of our center, we:

  • Collaborate with the community to provide new findings that can be translated into clinical and personal practice
  • Fund numerous "seed" grants and initiate major studies on women's health and gender-related differences (more than 90 so far) that are designed to answer important health promotion and disease treatment questions that exist within our community
  • Leverage pilot funds into external grants so that researchers can continue and expand the work they have begun
  • Launch new investigators into careers dedicated to studying gender-specific aspects of health and health policy

Yet we are just beginning to understand what needs to be uncovered and illuminated in women’s health and gender-specific medicine. We welcome and encourage your interest in our center and helping to change health research policy and practice.

Board Chair Statement

This organization literally saved my life.

In May 2014 I suffered two massive heart attacks and spent most of the summer at Yale New Haven Hospital. The doctors attributed my survival to the speed with which I arrived at the hospital. And that is where WHRY played an important part.

Just prior to this experience WHRY had published a series of articles on heart attacks in women. It is important to know that the signs of heart attacks can differ for women and men. Thanks to that information, I immediately recognized my symptoms as serious, called my husband and 911 and made it to the hospital in under 15 minutes.

Needless to say, I gratefully support WHRY. The information that their research uncovers is important and vital. I wouldn’t be here without it.

Among the challenges we face is that of raising funds to underwrite this work at a time of shrinking federal dollars for research. Despite the many benefits of our position within Yale University, Women’s Health Research at Yale is a self-sustaining center that depends on annual giving, endowment income and, most importantly, foundation grants.

Every contribution helps to improve, and perhaps even save, lives.

Carol Frost Ross

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines / Research Institutes & Public Policy Analysis
Tertiary Organization Category Medical Research / Biomedicine & Bioengineering Research
Areas Served
New Haven
State wide
National
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge

Women’s Health Research at Yale serves the Greater New Haven community, the state, and the country through its findings that advance the health of women and gender-specific medicine. Our educational outreach similarly focuses on the Greater New Haven area and Connecticut but reaches a national audience.

Programs
Description

Women’s Health Research at Yale from its inception has been committed to sharing health information of interest and value to the community. WHRY and our Advisory Council partner with other community voices through our Initiative for Community Wellness to provide research findings that inform health decisions.

We distribute and communicate health information of interest and value through a robust variety of outlets, including conferences and public events, quarterly print newsletters, social media, digital videos, and electronic mailing. Our messaging is increasingly targeted to meet our audiences on platforms they are actively using. We provide accurate, up-to-date information about women’s health and gender-related differences in health that improve health and wellness for women and men.

Population Served General/Unspecified / US /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Our center shares its newly generated information continually through a variety of outlets, including social media sites Facebook and Twitter, a quarterly newsletter, and videos available through YouTube. We continue to garner coverage of our scientific studies and activities in print, broadcast, and online media outlets.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

A fundamentally important part of our educational outreach effort is making information about our scientific research user-friendly. To this end, we routinely translate information about the work of our scientists, so it is easily digestible and helps community members to be informed consumers of health information. When consumers understand science and health information, they improve communication with their health care providers and increase control over their health care decisions. Ultimately, a more informed community can more effectively advance the cause of improving health.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

WHRY connects with audiences through content tailored to each method of communication. Our center engages and informs the community through workshops, lectures and conferences, our quarterly newsletter, electronic media (including our regularly updated website and social media sites), pamphlets, and various external media outlets.

The effectiveness of our live presentations is assessed by audience feedback. Electronic media are evaluated in terms of visits over time and total audience growth. Additionally, we use social media analytics that calculate the average audience interaction with our content and track our reliability. These indicate that the more reliable we are, the more likely our audience is to share our content in their own networks — a sign of influence and the ability to drive action. Implementing this social media strategy has fostered a 96 percent increase in Twitter followers over the last three years and a 73 percent increase in our Facebook audience.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

One recent example of our success in engaging the community is the launch of a new series of videos to raise public awareness about vital issues concerning women's health. Our video gallery has drawn thousands of viewers.

In addition, the number of interested followers on our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) continues to grow on a daily basis. Moreover, we continually refresh and evaluate the content published on our website to ensure it translates the latest scientific information in a way that is more understandable for the general public. Our website now includes a collaborative effort between our center and cardiovascular health specialists that answer questions about heart health drawn from the latest news on cardiovascular research. Each installment highlights a particularly relevant heart health concern and provides links to useful information on each topic.

Description

Women’s Health Research at Yale supports innovative research through our Pilot Project Program, providing “seed” money to promising investigations in important areas, including the most common causes of death and disability in our community and in the United States today — cardiovascular disease, cancers, obesity, addiction, and depression. Funded studies include areas of focus identified in the New Haven City Transformation Plan such as smoking and heart disease and have revealed gender differences in smoking cessation, heart bypass surgery recovery time, and occupational injuries. After obtaining initial results, our investigators have the necessary data to apply for external grants, resulting in additional funding that directly advances the work in their own laboratories and clinical research settings.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Of our funded researchers, 72 percent have been junior or mid-level faculty who needed initial funding to launch their research on women's health, and 62 percent obtain external grants — more than six times the success rate for investigator-initiated National Institutes of Health grant applications and a testament to the strength and relevance of their work and our long-range plan to advance the study of women’s health and sex/gender differences.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Our program is changing the medical research landscape to benefit all women in our lives and to foster the growth of gender-specific medicine. Our research agenda serves as a model for wider application of innovative interdisciplinary research on women's health. The research findings derived from our pilot studies have influenced health practice by developing new approaches and therapies to improving the health of women. Our research findings increasingly show that:

  • Women and men have different risk factors for diseases
  • Response to a given treatment can differ by gender
  • Prevention strategies often need to be gender-specific
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The Director monitors the scientific progress of the studies we fund in close collaboration with our growing team of interdisciplinary researchers.

In addition, these grant recipients provide reports after six and 12 months from the start of their projects, detailing the progress they’ve made in reaching each of their aims, budget tracking, any obstacles, and any external grants, publications, or pending publications resulting from their studies or any subsequent studies generated by the data obtained from the original seed grant.

The center’s grant and financial accountant tracks all of the updates, external grants, and publications in coordination with the communications officer, who writes articles for a general audience on the progress of the various projects for distribution via newsletters, website stories, and digital media.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Our Pilot Project grants provide funding to Yale researchers to generate feasibility data previously unavailable in women’s health that are necessary to obtain external grants. Our program has awarded more than $5 million in “seed” grants to Yale investigators who have then received more than $95 million in new external grants to further their work.

New discoveries are detailed on our website (http://bit.ly/whryfindings), and study results are shared with the public and medical professionals to make more informed decisions. For example, it was a WHRY study that led to the discovery that BRCA1/2 gene mutations can indicate increased risk for breast cancer recurrence. This finding has been integrated into clinical care and genetic counseling to guide treatment.

Another example: Our research led to a new clinical practice by demonstrating the efficacy of a behavioral therapy for girls with autism. Now used in New Haven clinics, the treatment had previously only been tested on boys.

Description

Women’s Health Research at Yale is deeply committed to forging alliances across disciplines, institutions and research approaches, including basic science, clinical, prevention, and health services research.

We have fostered Research Cores in women’s health to facilitate the interactions and research of individual scientists, while also promoting the development of inter-institutional research initiatives and interdisciplinary team science – research that draws investigators from multiple disciplines with a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise to collaborate on answering complex, emerging questions.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

One example of an ongoing research partnership is with the NIH-funded Yale Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on gender-sensitive treatment for tobacco dependence. This collaboration focuses on determining optimal gender-specific smoking cessation treatments. The collaboration involves providing essential research-related services to investigators and trainees and mentoring new investigators in conducting translational interdisciplinary research on women’s health and tobacco use.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Our program goals and priorities are to generate research of practical benefit to women, and to communicate our research findings to health care professionals and the community — all with the intention of enhancing the quality of life for women, men and families. We do so by:

  • Developing new, innovative projects in clinical and basic research, health services and disease prevention
  • Addressing understudied aspects of women's health
  • Injecting women's health research into the mainstream of biomedical research
  • Enhancing collaborations among investigators and across disciplines, areas of expertise and departments and institutions
  • Identifying new treatment options
  • Promoting preventive strategies
  • Encouraging beneficial health behaviors
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

We measure our program’s success and wider influence in a variety of ways. First and foremost, we monitor our collaborations among scientists and between institutions to track the practical benefits that come from research findings and how these collaborative efforts help ensure the study of women’s health gets adopted into the wider biomedical research world. In one of our most important measures of success related to our partnerships, our completed collaborative studies and research relationships have very often led to larger projects and longer-term institutional relationships. One such success was a study of women combat veterans, which show direct practical benefit for the population being studied.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In an example of our program’s success, several of our investigators have gone on to prominent positions in health research elsewhere and continue to collaborate with WHRY. However, our center’s most important achievements have come in the form of new scientific findings — whether in breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, infertility or stress related to depression — that have led to new treatments and prevention to improve the well-being of women.

For example, our SCOR research has shown that the prescription medication Chantix is equally effective in helping men and women quit smoking and even more effective for women earlier in a quit attempt. Chantix does not contain nicotine but works by blocking the pleasurable effects of nicotine in the brain. Women are more likely to relapse after a quit attempt, and relapses tend to occur soon after the beginning of a quit attempt. The earlier effectiveness of Chantix in women can help women get over that hump toward successfully quitting.

Description

Now more than ever, it is crucial for researchers to study the influence of sex and gender on health. And it is imperative that new generations of researchers advance and spread this work.

Women’s Health Research at Yale tailors our mentored training to complement the interests and experience of promising researchers, who range from inquisitive undergraduate and highly skilled graduate students to rising junior faculty.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
WHRY’s Undergraduate Fellowship offers our students the opportunity to work alongside and learn from Yale faculty members who study the influence of sex and gender in biomedical research and translate findings into medical practice.
 
It is designed to enrich students’ current studies as they learn to ask and answer novel and timely biomedical research and clinical care questions and are taught the most contemporary approaches to the science of women’s health. WHRY’s goal is to provide an immersive experience, becoming the students’ “scientific home” that is a supportive link to their coursework and efforts in other research and academic settings.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Ultimately, the purpose of our program is to ensure the development of scientists who make enduring contributions to the promotion of health and treatment of disorders which result in direct practical benefit for women and their families.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Faculty mentors meet regularly with their trainees to monitor their progress and ensure a smooth transition as they begin their research careers. In addition, Dr. Mazure conducts interactive teaching sessions with the undergraduate students to provide insight into the history of policies concerning research on women’s health, the influence of sex and gender differences on biomedical science findings, the clinical implications of these findings, and the progress and challenges in this field.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

The Yale Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCHW) Scholar Program provided interdisciplinary research skill development through mentoring, coaching, and team science experience for junior faculty interested in a research career focused on women’s health and addictive behaviors. Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the program developed independent investigators with the skills necessary to make enduring contributions to the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors. The scholars who have graduated from WHRY’s BIRCWH program attained outstanding research positions with grant funding, and each is pursuing interdisciplinary research on women’s health in either major academic institutions or health policy organizations.

Description

WHRY serves as the community’s voice in bringing local health needs to the attention of national programs and affecting the national commitment to issues of women’s health and biomedical research.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

WHRY provides consultation on sex/gender differences in health research to national agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to state legislators, members of Congress, and other policymakers responsible for decisions on biomedical research funding and health care planning. Further, the center works to develop this commitment to women’s health and studying sex/gender differences for the benefit of everyone through the public media.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

WHRY is a leading voice in changing the research landscape to ensure that scientific investigations examine the influence of sex and gender on health outcomes, and WHRY provides innovative outreach on women’s health research to local, regional, and national communities. The many faculty members from Yale whom the center has engaged and supported have tremendous reach in terms of influencing scientists — across the country and the globe — to study women’s health. And the student trainees, who are the next generation of scientists and practitioners, carry with them the lessons learned through the center wherever they go in their careers.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

As a member of the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health Advisory Committee, Dr. Mazure has a direct line into the national discourse on the status of contemporary research in this field and into the data stream on women’s health provided to communities across the nation. She is active in national discussions at Yale, the Mayo Clinic, and Vanderbilt University — among other research centers — in educating and effecting change in health research.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

For example, WHRY joined medical and public health experts from across the country this past fall in calling for increased public engagement to address federal government efforts that can threaten women’s health care.

In a commentary published in the peer-reviewed journal Women’s Health Issues and amplified by the center’s communications team, Dr. Mazure detailed the ongoing risks to women’s health posed by attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. These attempts include efforts to restrict coverage of preventive services, reproductive health, and chronic disease care and would significantly affect the people who live in the Greater New Haven Area and around the country.

Program Comments
CEO Comments

This center provides the leadership and strategic vision required to respond to the lack of knowledge left by the disparity in historical approaches to research. WHRY has been recognized as a national model for initiating and supporting research on the influence of sex and gender on human health.

This pioneering and distinct center studies a diverse array of conditions affecting women, ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancers. It supports laboratory models for the purpose of informing clinical and community research and encourages clinical observations to be explored in the laboratory to uncover fundamental mechanisms of disease processes.

WHRY’s work helps fill the gap in knowledge that has accrued for decades before women were included in clinical trials. Moreover, it answers questions about how fundamental differences between males and females affect the development of diseases and conditions and how differing approaches to treatment and prevention based on sex and gender can improve health outcomes.

There will never be a time that we do not need to study both women and men. Rather, the future will embrace studying the variations between and among women and men.

To be prepared for what lies ahead, the center affirms its commitment to an enduring science that serves the public by informing both the public and medical practitioners about how sex and gender affect health. To improve individual outcomes, now is the time to make attaining these goals a national priority.

CEO/Executive Director
Carolyn M. Mazure Ph.D.
Term Start Feb 1998
Email carolyn.mazure@yale.edu
Experience
Carolyn Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. She created and directs Yale’s interdisciplinary research center on health and gender — Women’s Health Research at Yale.
Dr. Mazure came to Yale for her fellowship training after completing graduate school and three years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Immediately following her postgraduate training, she was invited to join the Yale faculty.
 
Her contributions in women’s health began with her own internationally recognized research in depression. Focusing on the gender differences in this disorder, she was the first to demonstrate how stress is a more potent pathway to depression in women than men and use these findings to inform treatment interventions.
Understanding the value of uncovering gender differences in depression and recognizing that such data are sorely lacking in other fields, she created Women’s Health Research at Yale. Since its inception in 1998, the center has been recognized as a national model for launching research on the influence of sex and gender on human health, translating findings into practice, and providing mentored training.
 
Dr. Mazure is a member of the Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health. She has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the importance of women’s health research, helped plan the First White House Conference on Mental Health and served as a fellow for the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
 
She has been an invited speaker at diverse venues, such as NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a featured expert on ABC’s “Prime Time Live” and in the BBC documentary “The Science of Stress.” Her books include “Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?” and “Understanding Depression in Women: Applying Empirical Research to Practice and Policy.”
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Executive Administrator
Experience/Biography The Executive Administrator for WHRY is responsible for managing the overall business affairs of our diverse and continually growing interdisciplinary women’s health research center. This position has administrative oversight of all program activities, including staff hiring and development, and community engagement and Advisory Council liaison.
Title Communications Officer
Experience/Biography

The Communications Officer develops and implements strategies to promote community awareness regarding research findings that have clear implications for the public health. This includes having the background and writing expertise that facilitates the transformation of scientific information into print and electronic materials, and allows important findings of our research to be easily seen and read by the public.

Title Grants & Finance Administrator
Experience/Biography

The Grants & Finance Administrator performs all functions required to manage the budget, and oversees the grant portfolio for our center and for our Pilot Project Program. This includes the management of all university, federal and state regulatory grant requirements for Women’s Health Research at Yale’s own research and training grants, as well as for our Pilot Project Program’s grants to other researchers.

Title Media and Design Specialist
Experience/Biography

The Media and Design Specialist is responsible for continued development, branding and management of our center’s electronic and print outreach. This includes website, video, social media, and our quarterly newsletter, each of which is designed to appeal to various audiences seeking empirically-tested, reliable, new and emerging health information.

Title Senior Administrative Assistant
Experience/Biography The Senior Administrative Assistant is provides overall clerical and administrative support for the center. This includes daily oversight of initial contacts from the community with the center, managing all mailings and electronic communications with the community, maintaining our database, and handling all scheduling and meeting planning.
Title Manager, Special Projects
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
WHRY has closely collaborated with the Community Services Administrator for New Haven in assessing the health of women and girls in the city and have fostered research that builds community relationships to advance health (eg., MOMS Partnership led by Dr. Megan Smith).
In addition, WHRY forms research partnerships designed to uncover sex/gender-specific data in health and disease that benefit both women and men. These collaborations provide the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to advance biomedical research.
Since 1998, WHRY’s collaborations have resulted in a growing number of researchers at Yale and other institutions studying women and sex and gender differences. For example, Dr. Mazure, a postdoctoral fellow in cardiology at Yale School of Medicine, and a cardiology expert and colleague at the University of California-San Francisco published data showing that medical devices are not regularly analyzed to consider the influence of their users’ sex, age, or race on safety and effectiveness.
WHRY also collaborates with the cardiology team at the OhioHealth Healthcare System to produce our “Help with the Headlines” series, which provides answers to questions on timely topics in cardiac care, including medications, exercise, diet and hormones.
Comments
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Board Chair
Carol F. Ross
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Sept 2011 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Laurie Benjamin Community Volunteer
Elisa Spungen Bildner Community Volunteer
Kim A. Healey Community Volunteer
Sharon Wolfsohn Karp Community Volunteer
Susan Lustman Katz Community Volunteer
Katharine Kenny Community Volunteer
Susanna Krentz Community Volunteer
Ruth L. Lansner Community Volunteer
Kevin McCann Community Volunteer
Cynthia H. McCraven Community Volunteer
Ellen Gibson McGinnis Community Volunteer
Ruby H. Melton Community Volunteer
Roslyn Milstein Meyer Community Volunteer
Marta E. Moret Community Volunteer
Wendy Underwood Naratil Community Volunteer
Eve Hart Rice Community Volunteer
Barbara Masters Riley Community Volunteer
Diane Young Turner Community Volunteer
Dinny Seton Wakerley Community Volunteer
Patricia Doukas Zandy Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 20
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Constituent Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro Community Volunteer
Rosemary Hudson Community Volunteer
Joann Woodward Community Volunteer
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman Community Volunteer
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Kitty Northrop Friedman J.D.Community Volunteer
Kimberly Goff-Crews Community Volunteer
Linda Koch Lorimer J.D.Community Volunteer
CEO Comments

Our interest is in building and growing a productive Advisory Council that represents the interests and diversity of the community. Members are sought who possess leadership capabilities, have direct experience living and working in the Greater New Haven community, and can offer their perspective and expertise in guiding our center to optimally serve the health needs of the community.

WHRY has established Operating Procedures for the Council for Women’s Health Research at Yale in collaboration with Council members. These procedures articulate the mission, size, structure and responsibilities of the Council.

The Council also oversees contact with the Society of Friends, a growing number of people from within the community who believe in the vital need for research on women's health and gender-related health differences and want to help ensure the future of the center. Additionally, each member of the Council makes a personal and financial commitment in support of our research and outreach efforts.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $1,109,558.00
Projected Expenses $1,082,906.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
WHRY: Advancing Health Equity for Women2015View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
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Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Seedling Foundation $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Werth Family Foundation $100,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --National Institute on Drug Abuse $40,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 135 College Street, Suite 220
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 764-6600
Contact Email whresearch@yale.edu
CEO/Executive Director Carolyn M. Mazure Ph.D.
Board Chair Carol F. Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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