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NIH research funding does not recognise importance of sex differences

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7501.1170-c (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1170
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    Only 3% of all grants given by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been for research which takes into account that results may differ according to the sex of the research subjects, a new study from the Society for Women's Health Research has shown. The study analysed publicly available abstracts of all institute funded research for the four years 2000-3. It looked at how many of the proposals included “an investigation of sex differences in the research hypothesis or the project specific aims.”

    The society wants to see more research into the differences between the sexes, and an increase in research into medical and scientific issues that …

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