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The UCSF Women's Health Clinical Research Center (WHCRC) was established in 2001 and is a major component of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (COE) at the Mount Zion Campus. The Research Center provides a vibrant and growing focus for clinical research and significantly strengthens clinical and teaching programs in women's health through three key activities: 1) interdisciplinary research programs; 2) junior faculty training in clinical research, and 3) a fellowship in clinical research methods.

The American woman’s life expectancy has increased from 48 years in 1900 to 77 years for black women and 81 years for white women in 2004. Historical failure to include women in research studies has led to inadequate attention to gender differences in health and disease. Thus our primary focus is studying health-related issues in women throughout the lifespan.

whcrc hallUnder the direction of Jeanette S. Brown, MD and Deborah Grady, MD, MPH researchers at the WHCRC are exploring ways that appropriate screening, prevention and treatment of disease can improve quality of life for women. We are concerned with menopausal symptoms and the use of hormones and non-hormonal treatments, the effect of aging, breast health, cardiovascular disease, dementia, HIV, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, urinary incontinence, and polycystic ovarian disease.


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