Center for Women’s Health Engineering
The mission of the Center for Women’s Health Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is to unite investigators from the McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine to collaborate in research, education and training at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. The center will also support technology transfer, entrepreneurship and outreach both within and outside of the university community.
Building on WashU’s strengths within the McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine, including the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Center for Women’s Health Engineering advances novel engineering approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the field and train the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and policy leaders in the field.
Clinical problems in women’s health are understudied, but the need is great, with few solutions to problems affecting staggering proportions of the population. Physical sciences and engineering experts have not historically conducted research in women’s health. Integrative approaches bring different tools to existing clinical problems, and these tools are ideally suited to solve 21st century challenges in women’s health via engineering.