September 23, 2015

Published September 23, 2015


Sex education classes are usually thought of in the realm of uncomfortable lessons in high school health classes, but one university is offering an online course for first-year students, which the school says is the first of its kind in higher education.

Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., will launch its “Introduction to Reproduction” online class on September 28.

September 14, 2015

Teresa WoodruffDr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

August 12, 2015


Sex does matter: key molecular process in brain is different in males and females

August 12, 2015 | by Megan Fellman 

May 6, 2015

Katherine Wisner, MD member of the WHRI Leadership Council and Director of the Asher Center on Mood Disorders at Northwestern, discussed her role in getting FDA to created a new labeling system regarding drug safety in pregnant women in the Chicago Tribune.  The new guidelines go into effect in June 2015.  Read the article HERE. 

March 31, 2015

Institute Director Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD and Leadership Council member Melina R. Kibbe, MD wrote an Opinion Piece for the February 2015 edition of Chicago Medicine on why sex based research should matter to clinicians.  To view the article, visit HERE.



January 29, 2015

WHRI Leadership Council member Bonnie Spring, PhD, preventive medicine expert,  conducted a study that found online dieters with high shocil embeddedness--who logged in regularly, recorded their weigh-ins and 'freinded" other members--lost more than 8 percent of their boday weight in sex months.  To read more, visit

December 16, 2014

Institute Director Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD and a team of Northwestern researchers have been featured in a number of news stories on the discovery that the female egg sends out zinc spark when fertilized which may lead to identifying high quality eggs for in-vitro fertilization. Read the press release HERE.

November 13, 2014

Digital Journal November 12, 2014
Keeping skin healthy is important, especially as people get older, according to Bethanee J. Schlosser, MD, PhD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology and director of Women’s Skin Health at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Schlosser is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Women's Health Research Institute.
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November 11, 2014

National Geographic November 7, 2014
Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science
As a result, "sex, the biggest variable, has not been systematically evaluated and reported in the same way as variables like time, temperature, and dose, even in diseases that are female dominated," says Teresa K. Woodruff, director of the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University.  Read more....

November 6, 2014

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News eyes new rules to reduce sex disparity in animal, cell and human research.  The article quotes WHRI's director Teresa Woodruff.  Read more.....

November 6, 2014

Institute Director Teresa Woodruff is also the founder of a new discipline:  oncofertility!   She has changed the future for many young men and women who have survived cancer and want to have children.  Read more....

November 4, 2014

Katherine Wisner, MD, member of the WHRI Leadership Council is coauthor of the  article "Pregnant women must be studied too" that has been published  in The Conversation, an online academic news source originally published in the UK and Australia,  Last month, they launched thier US edition.   Dr.

September 4, 2014

Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Northwestern and member of the Leadership Council of the  Women's Health Research Institute, wrote an editorial in JAMA in response to a publication in the same journal that compared outcomes of popular diets.   In her editorial, VanHorn notes that while several diets result in weight  loss, not all diets are healthy.   To read her editorial, click HERE