Pilot Grants at Yale to Study Health of Women and Resources

Pilot Grants at Yale to Study the Health of Women

Women’s health is complex, as are the research studies. Research on improving women’s health and finding different resources is a never-ending process. Women faculty at Yale are eager to pursue their research in various programs.

Two individual organizations are working on the side to change the current research trends to improve women’s health.

Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) and the Office of Cooperative Research are interested in changing research trends by offering pilot grants and other resources.

The organizations are actively working to improve women’s overall health across the country. These organizations provide additional funds to women faculty members interested in research programs.

Due to a lack of funds, women’s faculties don’t get the right resources for their research programs. To bridge the gap, organizations have considered providing Pilot Grants to researchers at Yale.

Enthusiastic women faculty are always ready to start their research programs. However, due to a lack of funds, they stop their research program. As a result, their research program pauses and there’s no outcome from it. To accomplish such programs and conduct new research programs, these organizations are offering pilot grants for Yale’s Women’s Faculties.

Women’s Health Research at Yale was established in 1998. It focuses on generating and analyzing data on women’s health. As per their past reports, the majority of women were excluded from clinical trials of new treatments and drugs.

Due to the lack of data and treatments on women’s bodies, there were no accurate results about the treatments and drugs and their positive or negative effects on women’s bodies. The given treatments invented from clinical trials may affect women’s bodies more than men’s.

WHRY offered pilot funds to researchers and investigators to fill the knowledge gap and improve women’s health. Since clinical trials don’t show the required results on women’s bodies, this organization has thought of conducting separate investigations of modern treatments and drugs on women’s bodies only.

“The goal of WHRY is to ensure that researchers and medical providers integrate the study of sex and gender into their research on women’s health,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, Director of WHRY, Norma Weinberg Spungen, and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health, and professor of psychiatry and psychology at Yale.

The organization funds pilot projects, typically providing grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000. Here’s the list of the projects that have received the pilot grant amount:

  • Building new strategies to prevent heart attacks in women
  • Prevent the development of endometrial cancer
  • Testing of sleep interventions to cure insomnia
  • Plans to determine the mechanism of pain
  • Study about the neurobiological intersection

The organization has recently funded a pilot project conducting a research study to see the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on different genders. The study’s primary focus will be on the effects of this virus on women’s bodies and organs.

Moreover, the organization aims to generate feasibility data, which researchers can use to apply for larger grants from various organizations. The majority of researchers are Women. This means the center is also trying to empower the team of women researchers.

From the pilot projects funded, over 60% received additional funding from various organizations for their ongoing research. The researchers always try to collaborate with others when conducting a serious study on women’s health.

On the other hand, OCR sees things differently. The organization believes that women faculty are less interested in conducting research programs to support the health infrastructure that strengthens women’s health. The study shows that some women are also interested in clinical trials and research projects.

A recent study found that 12% of patents issued in 2019 were from women inventors. The data shows a different number when the OCR studies the scenario much deeper. Women faculty are not approaching such organizations. They want to be active in such research programs, but they are unaware of organizations that can provide financial support for their ongoing research programs.

The team at Yale launched a program named  AmplifyHERScience in 2020. This program was launched to ensure that women faculty members receive the maximum number of resources offered by the OCR. The same program was eyeing the $300,000 funds from pilot grants and other development awards.

The members at OCR believe that these are not awards but learning opportunities for women faculty to further study on their ongoing projects. They can be open about their research programs or future projects for which they can get additional funds from the pilot grants.

Take away!

OCR is partnering with several organizations to ensure that the Yale women’s Faculty receives the maximum help for their pilot projects through pilot grants and awards. These organizations focus on improving women’s health through various studies and research programs.

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Current Version
July 28, 2021
Written By
Shubham Grover
April 16, 2024
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.

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