At SWHR we believe one of the keys to achieving our mission is forming strong relationships with a broad spectrum of organizations.

SWHR works with nonprofits, academic institutions, federal agencies, and industry partners on projects that align with our mission to eliminate imbalances in care for women.

SWHR has a long history of working with government agencies to advance women’s health.

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SWHR partners on the publication of two scientific journals focused on sex differences and women’s health.

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SWHR collaborates with a variety of nonprofits and academic institutions on women’s health issues.

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Government Agencies

SWHR played an instrumental role in advocating for the creation of women’s health offices across federal government agencies, and we continue to work with these offices to advance women’s health.

National Institutes of Health

In addition to coordinating with the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, SWHR is part of several coalitions supporting NIH institutes, like Friends of NICHD, and we recently worked with NICHD on PregSource, a crowdsourcing research project that aims to gather information about pregnancy directly from pregnant women. SWHR is also a “champion” supporting the NIH’s All of Us Research Program, which aims to speed up medical research by asking people to share their health information.

Food and Drug Administration

SWHR often works with the FDA Office of Women’s Health on programs like the Diverse Women in Clinical Trials Initiative, which seeks to raise awareness about clinical trial participation by women of all ages, ethnicities and gender identities, as well as those with various chronic health conditions and disabilities.

Department of Health and Human Services

Every year in May SWHR partners with the HHS Office on Women’s Health in promoting National Women’s Health Week, which serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.


Scientific Journals

Biology of Sex Differences

SWHR publishes the open-access journal Biology of Sex Differences, in partnership with BioMed Central, focusing on all aspects of sex differences in health and disease from basic to clinical research. This journal is the official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD).

Journal of Women’s Health

SWHR is a publishing partner for the Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed scientific journal focused on the challenges of providing optimal health care for women throughout their lifespan.


Nonprofit and Academic Partnerships

SWHR’s work covers a wide range of diseases and conditions that exclusively, predominantly, or differently affect women, so we often collaborate with other science, advocacy, and patient groups in these areas. Learn more about SWHR’s ongoing partnerships:

American Brain Coalition

SWHR is proud to join ABC in their work to advance the understanding of brain functions to reduce the burden and stigma of brain diseases and conditions and ultimately improve the lives of impacted people. SWHR has a long history of supporting brain health, establishing its Brain Network in 2002 as the very first of its Interdisciplinary Science Networks.

Be Brain Powerful

For our Alzheimer’s Disease Network, SWHR is a partner with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s on a brain awareness campaign encouraging women to take steps to improve their brain health.

Bladder Health Alliance

For our Network on Urological Health in Women, SWHR joined the Urology Care Foundation’s Bladder Health Alliance to advance awareness and education about bladder health.

Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics

Research in pregnant and breastfeeding women is the final frontier for inclusion of women in clinical research, so SWHR is working with this coalition to better understand the safety and efficacy of prescription drugs, therapeutics, and vaccines used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Headache & Migraine Policy Forum

To advance the goals of our Migraine Network, SWHR is a member of this group working to advance public policies and practices that promote accelerated innovation and improved access to treatments for persons living with headache disorders and migraine disease.

For our Sleep Network, SWHR partnered with Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other groups on this online community for people with sleep apnea to share experiences and contribute to research.

Organization for the Study of Sex Differences

In 2006, SWHR established the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD), the only scientific membership society in the U.S. dedicated to promoting research on biological sex differences. OSSD became an independent organization in 2012 but continues to collaborate with SWHR on advocating for sex differences research and the Biology of Sex Differences journal. Read more about the history of OSSD here.

The Raise Project

With support from SWHR, this website tracks awards given by scientific societies and professional organizations in order to both recognize the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts, and medicine, as well as to demonstrate the underrepresentation of women receiving prestigious awards.

Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement

SWHR partners with the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM) to help advance the discussion around necessary innovations and funding in women’s brain health research. WAM is a leader in brain health awareness in women, from puberty to menopause. Explore the WAM health guides here.

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For industry partners, please visit this webpage to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or contact our Development Office at or 202-496-5001.