Jill M. Goldstein, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Founder and Executive Director, Innovation Center on Sex Differences in Medicine (ICON-✘) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Helen T. Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Women’s Health. She is a clinical neuroscientist and expert in understanding sex differences in disorders of the brain and their co-occurrence with general medicine, such as cardiovascular disease.
Her program of research (funded by NIH for >30 years) called Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain, consists of an interdisciplinary team integrating brain imaging, physiology, neuroendocrinology, genetics, immunology, and collaborations with basic scientists. The studies take a lifespan approach, beginning in prenatal development, to understanding the causes of sex differences in the comorbidity of depression, cardiometabolic diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease. She has received numerous awards to support the work, served on scientific advisory boards for women’s health, brain health, and Alzheimer’s disease, and participated in strategic planning for the NIH and National Academy of Medicine.
She spent her career at Harvard training the next generation in women’s health/sex differences in medicine, including leading for >17 years an ORWH-NICHD Harvard-wide K12 junior faculty training program on building interdisciplinary careers in women’s health. In 2018, she launched ICON-✘ at MGH whose mission is to enhance discoveries about sex differences in medicine and incorporate them into developing novel sex-dependent therapies and prevention strategies. In 2020, ICON-✘ was designated an NIH Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences in Medicine, one of only 11 in the U.S.