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Closing the Gap Through Women’s Health and Gender Differences Research

CU Anschutz Medical Campus takes the lead in the national conversation on women’s health equity

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Written by Staff on June 4, 2024

For two decades, the research and discovery made possible by the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research has transformed the understanding of gender differences in medicine and led to improvements in quality of care for women.

The caliber of the women-focused research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was vaulted into the national spotlight this spring with a visit by First Lady Jill Biden, EdD, whose stop was part of the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research and included a tour of the center.

“We provide talented, passionate scientists with the time and tools to answer research questions about women’s health and sex differences that have long been overlooked,” said Judy Regensteiner, PhD, director and co-founder of the center that is celebrating its 20th year. “We need to make sure that both women and men of all races and ethnicities get answers,” she said.

The Ludeman Center has funded over 100 researchers from 35 departments, centers and divisions during its two decades. Those scientists have made strides in educating providers and changing the treatment of prime health issues for women, from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to mental health and menopause.

Chancellor Don Elliman highlighted the importance of that work in the May issue of At the Forefront and underscored that advancements in women’s health translate into improvements in human health. “We know research that includes women and accounts for sex and gender differences means better healthcare for all,” Elliman said.

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Photo at top: Ludeman Center researcher Brian Stauffer, MD, with Mariana de Vito, BS (middle), and Obed Ofori Nyarko, MD (left).