Stories of Medical Innovation

The Sex of Cells Matter

Sarah Berga, MD, Discusses Why Industry Must Consider Sex Differences in Drug Development

Since the 1980s, researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have been active in understanding hormones and health and other aspects of women’s health such as the effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy and soy diets on health, sex differences in cognitive function in the elderly, and the ways that cardiovascular disease manifests differently in women and men. Now, led by Sarah Berga, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology and vice president of women’s health at Wake Forest School of Medicine, they are asking questions that may soon revolutionize how industry develops therapeutics.