Welcome to CWHR

Dr. Wendy Brewster, director of the UNC Center for Women's Health Research

We hope you'll find the content within these pages informative. CWHR aims to provide support for research that is dedicated to learning more about diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women only, women predominately, and women differently than men. As director of the center, I want investigators to think more widely about how their research topics affect women. We aim to advance health through research by encouraging collaboration among many different disciplines.

The past few years have been particularly exciting at CWHR. We released our eighth biennial Women's Health Report Card in May 2014. This report helps us to identify and track the core areas of women's health that need the most attention: obesity, prenatal care, mental health and substance abuse, pelvic floor disorders, cardiovascular health, and women's cancers. We feel as though solutions to these problems are going to take the cooperation of experts from diverse research backgrounds. This information led to the launch of our first Obesity and Diabetes Core, led by Dr. Wanda Nicholson. By working across disciplines and collaborating with other UNC organizations we held a Women & Obesity Forum in February 2014. Transdisciplinary research teams from this forum continue to collaborate on research opportunities within this core. We have also launched a Pelvic Health Core with the assistance of Dr. Jennifer Wu, and a Substance Abuse Core led by Dr. Hendree Jones that are on the trajectory towards expanding on environment of collaboration at UNC. Our research portfolio continues to grow and expand by research topics each year. The talented staff at CWHR has met the challenges of expansion by guiding the development of a process driven environment. We have expanded our writing, editing and visualization services, and developed an award program to assist with pilot studies. The Center has also been active in the development of junior faculty that go on to successfully acquire research funding in the area of women's health research.

As we move forward in our endeavors we aim to expand our scope of research and services.

As we move forward in our endeavors we aim to expand our scope of research and services. Keep checking back, follow us on social media, and sign-up to receive our newsletters. My staff is hard at work finding the optimum avenues to meet the changing needs of research. Whether you're a new or seasoned researcher, a potential study participant, or simply someone interested in women's health we have information for you.

Take the time to explore our website and contact us if we can help in any way.


Wendy R. Brewster, MD., PhD

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Director, Center for Women's Health Research
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Division of Gynecologic Oncology