Women's health research at Yale gets boost from 1999 Ethel F. Donaghue Investigator Awards

November 28, 1999

Yale scientists will initiate cutting edge women's health research with new grants from the Ethel F. Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program at Yale.

This year's recipients of Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Awards include six Yale faculty members with research interests ranging from gene therapy for ovarian cancer to light therapy for pregnant women with depression. Investigators will receive one- or two-year grants of up to $200,000 from a total 1999 award of $600,000.

The Ethel F. Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program at Yale was established in 1998 with an initial five-year, $6.5 million grant from the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. The purpose of the Donaghue Program is to foster the development of new knowledge about the health and health care of women. In its first year, the program funded 11 researchers dedicated to the study of women's health.

"This year's researchers have a clear commitment to generating new and useful scientific knowledge about women's health," said Carolyn Mazure, professor of psychiatry and director of the Ethel F. Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program at Yale. "This knowledge will result in practical benefits in the health and well-being of all women."

The 1999 awardees and their areas of study include:"This award provides pilot funding that allows the study of a novel treatment approach to depression that could not have been studied without this aid," said Oren. "I am grateful to the Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program at Yale for their critical support."
The Donaghue Program is a key component of the Women's Health Program at Yale, which has been designated by the U.S. Department of Human Services as a National Center of Excellence.

The Donaghue Program recently announced a request for proposals in women's health research for the next funding cycle of $800,000 in grants. For more information, call the program office at 203-764-6600.

Yale University

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