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The mission of the Women's Health Center of Excellence is broad and includes mandates to improve women’s health across a lifespan ranging from reproductive and gynecologic issues to chronic diseases of aging. Of particular interest is to study conditions where there are significant biological differences between the sexes in rates of susceptibility, symptoms and response to treatment.

The leader for this center, Dr. Andrea La Croix, is one of the principal investigators of the Women’s Health Initiative Study, and former Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.