The WHAM Report

WHAM is investing in women’s health research to transform women’s lives. WHAM works across diseases that impact women differently and differentially – brain health, heart health, immune and autoimmune health and cancer. The WHAM Report shows the impact of accelerating sex and gender–based health research on women, their families, and the economy. 

The impacts of our limited knowledge about women’s health relative to men’s because of insufficient research addressing women is far-reaching.

WHAM commissioned the RAND Corporation to study these impacts for: Alzheimer’s disease (brain); rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune), and cardiovascular disease (heart).

The results are in. Funding women’s health research is not just good science, it’s a good investment.


Cardiovascular disease is still the #1 killer of women in the United States


2/3 of U.S. patients with Alzheimer’s are women, yet 66% of animals included in research are male


78% of Americans with autoimmune diseases are women – nearly 40 million women


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Women are 66% of patients with Alzheimer’s. Just 12% of ADRD research goes to women.

When we DOUBLE that investment, every dollar generates $3.35 in economic benefits.


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What’s next?

WHAM is dedicated to funding women’s health research to transform women’s lives. This is the first analysis of its kind — beyond quantifying costs and benefits, the WHAM Report is an accountability index for change. In the future, we plan to include lung cancer, study different socioeconomic groups and examine global impacts, to name just a few. We encourage other leaders, including advocates, economists, scientists, business leaders, public health experts, and policymakers, to draw from and act on the results of this report.

Together, we can drive change.

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We are so thankful for the dedicated, invested partnership of the research team at the RAND Corporation who conducted the analysis and brought their findings to life. The research methodology and the microsimulation models have been vetted by a diverse panel of experts convened by RAND.

WHAM’s leadership of this research project was encouraged through the generous support and collaboration from the following partners:

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