CWHR Mission and Core
The Center for Women’s Health Research is part of the UNC School of Medicine and is the women’s health research program for The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
The mission of the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) at UNC is to improve women’s health through research by focusing on diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women only, women predominately, and/or women differently than men.
The Center engages in multiple activities to carry out this mission including:
- Supporting individual investigators in designing studies and writing and submitting proposals
- Administering awarded grants
- Helping investigators find and develop the resources they need to conduct their research
- Conducting research with Center faculty members
We are committed to fostering a shared culture that promotes the importance of accepting, respecting, and valuing differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, language, family circumstances, and cultural backgrounds.
Because the field of women’s health is extremely broad, CWHR has adopted five topical areas to help focus research efforts over the next ten years:
- Perinatal health
- Cancers affecting women
- Obesity and diabetes
- Women’s cardiovascular health
- Women’s mental health and substance abuse