Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR)

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) supports Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences at 11 leading medical institutions across the United States.  SCORs are designed to increase the transfer of basic research findings into clinical practice by housing laboratory and clinical studies under one roof, and they represent an important NIH initiative in women’s health.  Since 2002 Northwestern University has been awarded over $10 million by the Office of Research on Women’s Health to establish and maintain a SCOR to study polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a disorder associated with irregular menstrual periods, infertility, excessive body hair and increased risk for diabetes. The ORWH SCORs on Sex Differences for FY 2012-2016 are as follows:

Institution & SCOR Director

Research Theme

Mayo Clinic
Virginia Miller, Ph.D


Sex-Specific Risk for Vascular Dysfunction and Cognitive Decline


Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D.

Sex and Gender Differences in Addictions and Stress Response

Northwestern University
Andrea Dunaif, M.D.

Genes, Androgens and Intrauterine Environment in PCOS

University of California, Davis
Nancy Lane, M.D.

Sex Differences in Musculoskeletal Diseases

University of California, Los Angeles
Emeran Mayer, M.D

Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health (Sex Differences in Pain)

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver
Wendy Kohrt, Ph.D.

Metabolic Consequences of Loss of Gonadal Function

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
John DeLancey, M.D.

Birth, Muscle Injury and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Marilyn Carroll, Ph.D

Sex Differences and Progesterone effects on Impulsivity, Smoking and Cocaine Stress 

University of Pennsylvania
C. Neill Epperson, M.D

Pre-pubertal Stress, Windows of Risk and Sex Bias for Affective Disturbance

Washington University, St. Louis
Scott Hultgren, Ph.D.

Molecular and Epidemiologic Basis of UTI in Women

Yale University
Sherry McKee, Ph.D

Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence