Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health

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Welcome to Penn PROMOTES

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health was established in 2012 as the result of a National Institute of Mental Health and Office of Research on Women's Health grant to study mood disorders across the female lifespan. Jointly awarded to Dr. C. Neill Epperson and Dr. Tracy Bale, this grant hopes to improve our understanding of how diseases, and affective disorders in specific, affect men and women differently. Together, Drs. Epperson and Bale hope to shed light on the gender differences in common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and somatic complaints.
Penn PROMOTES takes an interdisciplinary approach to answering these questions about sex and gender in health, incorporating perspectives from the School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences and beyond. Over the past 4 years, Penn PROMOTES has evolved to include 3 programs of research all aiming to unearth many questions and answers about how gender plays a role in health today. Primarily, Penn PROMOTES serves as a virtual Center, incorporating the research of the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness, the Bale Lab, and the Penn BIRCWH. 


Click below to learn about each of our programs


The X-Y Files

Check out the Penn PROMOTES blog, The X-Y Files!

Members of the Penn PROMOTES team delve into current topics in sex and gender health research.  


May 3rd is World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day!

Creating visibility, decreasing stigma and improving education and treatment on maternal mental health is important to mothers worldwide, as well as their babies and their families. #maternalmhmatters