Enhancing Collaborative, High-quality Research Strategy

The CSD will bring together basic scientists, clinical investigators and clinicians interested in the influence of sex and gender on the causes, diagnosis, progression and treatment of disease. These three groups are equally important to the success of the Center. A multi-disciplinary approach will be implemented to enable the development of a “bench-to-bedside” research program. The Center is an inter-departmental program involving the 22 basic and clinical GUMC departments. Also, investigators in the Center interact with investigators in the 13 other GU Centers and Institutes, including the Institute for Reproductive Health, the Cardiovascular-Kidney Institute, the International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology and the Lombardi Cancer Center. The CSD focuses on five major areas of research, including: Cell biology and oncology, endocrinology, obesity and diabetes, immunology and infection, neuroscience and cognition and vascular biology and hypertension. (See below for further details regarding these programs.)

Improving Patient Care Access and Delivery of Care Strategy

Improving our understanding of how sex differences impact patient care and delivery of care supports the Center’s mission. To this end, the Center will investigate healthcare policy, patient communications and plans to establish a women’s community outreach clinic in the DC area. Besides GUMC, other GU Schools, such as School of Communications, will be involved in these efforts.

Promoting Educational Awareness and Training Strategy

Knowledge management is the foundation of research, patient care access and delivery of care. Knowledge management is about connecting basic scientists, clinical investigators and clinicians with similar interests; educating the medical community (students, residents, fellows and faculty) about research findings and trends; and disseminating these findings for the benefit of the general public. Superior execution of knowledge management leads to collaborative, higher-quality research while improving patient care access and healthcare quality.