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First Look Awards

The First Look Awards are a collaboration between the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. The goal of this grant program is to support translational research at Massachusetts research institutions that furthers our understanding of sex and gender differences especially for diseases or conditions that affect women exclusively, predominately, or differentially.  The First Look Awards align with the Connors Center First.In.Women Precision Medicine Platform, which seeks to promote translational investigation to ensure that novel therapeutics are developed to optimize health for both women and men.

Current Awardees

Marie Billaud, PhD
2022 Awardee
Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“Sex Differences in the Pathophysiology of Aortic Diseases”

Ching-Wen Chang, PhD
2022 Awardee
Department of Medicine
UMass Chan Medical School
“A human trophoblast-derived placental model for studying the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on early pregnancy”

Kara McKinley, PhD
2022 Awardee
Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Harvard University
“A new model for the study of endometriosis”

Sallie Schneider, PhD
2021 Awardee
Department of Surgery
UMass Chan Medical School, Baystate Medical Center
“E2-PATH assay for assessment of breast cancer risk and treatment”

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