For too many years, medical researchers assumed that treatments which worked for men would be equally effective for women. Today, we know that gender differences exist in prevalence, severity and type of a wide variety of illnesses, disorders and conditions — at every stage of life, from the most basic cellular and sub-cellular levels to the entire system. Consider these statistics regarding gender and disease from the Society for Women’s Health Research:
- Heart disease kills an estimated 50,000 more American women than men annually.
- Women are 2 – 3 times more likely than men to suffer from clinical depression.
- Smoking has a more negative effect on the cardiovascular health of women than men.
- Three out of four people suffering from autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are women.
- Approximately 40,000 more women than men suffer from stroke each year.
National Survey Measures Women’s Health Outcomes vs. Men’s Health Outcomes
The HealthGrades “Women’s Health in American Hospitals” national report identified the top-performing hospitals in the nation for women’s health and compared women’s health outcomes to those of men in two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health.
Significant differences in women’s treatment and outcomes were found. Much work remains to be done to better understand the differences between men’s and women’s health.
Researchers at NYU Winthrop Hospital are focused on the need to better understand gender differences and translate that knowledge into improved medical practices and therapies.
Gynecologic Malignancies Research
The cornerstone of this Women’s Health research program is overseeing the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) studies. The Gynecologic Oncology Group is a National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative trials group whose mission is to pursue research in women with gynecologic cancers. Our doctors are very active in national meetings and educational conferences.
Women’s Health research programs are also studying:
- Conditions in women with a history of breast cancer
- Mechanisms of how tumors evade the immune response system and cancer immunotherapy risk factors that may predispose women to heart attacks and poor recovery after a heart attack
- Maternal-fetal medicine research in order to provide mothers and their babies an unmatched resource to ensure the best possible outcome as they bring new life into the world.
Women’s Health Physicians Actively Involved in Research at NYU Winthrop Hospital
Click on the physician links below to learn more about their research interests: