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Our Mission....

The National Center for Gender Physiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the core research facilities therein, are working to improve our understanding of both the similarities and differences in male and female physiological responses.  Our primary mission will be to continue serving as a catalyst for the development of multidisciplinary, integrated collaborations in basic and clinical research in the arena of gender based biology and medicine.


Three key factors represent the basis for our mission:

  1. the need for expanded knowledge in gender/sex -specific cell biology and physiology
  2. the significant impact of this knowledge on health and disease treatments in men and women that is possible
  3. the presence of an internationally-recognized consortium of scientists in these fields already in place at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Implementing this initiative will result in work towards the development of gender/sex-specific therapies and regimens for the treatment of disease as well as gender/sex-specific countermeasures to facilitate adapting to environmentally challenging conditions.




The objectives for the National Center for Gender Physiology are to:

  • Support and promote basic and clinical health research focused on sex/gender differences as a keystone to comprehensive improvements in health and health care.
  • Further enhance the University of Missouri-Columbia’s unique integrative research environment and strengths in physiology and women's health research.
  • Support and promote translational research at the University of Missouri-Columbia to better facilitate health applications from research.
  • Focus and enhance strategically identified areas of biomedical research in cardiovascular, neuroscience, exercise science and cancer.
  • Position and provide leverage for the University of Missouri-Columbia to respond competitively to national initiatives for women’s health research and gender/sex biology.


Critical to this Center is the integration of educational objectives which include:

  1. the promotion of knowledge skills and attitudes required for students, physicians and health care providers to practice gender/sex-based medicine
  2. support education programs on women’s health issues and curriculum development in professional and undergraduate education
  3. sponsor conferences, seminars and newsletters on research and treatments with focus on how certain diseases differentially affect men and women.