Women's Global Health Institute


The Mission of the Women’s Global Health Institute (WGHI) at Purdue is to improve the health of women worldwide through research and training. 

Women’s health is understudied

  • Some disorders are more prevalent in women
  • Prevention and early diagnosis is a key part of the solution


The Institute drives new research paradigm in seeking proactive approaches for prevention and early diagnosis of diseases. Purdue’s strength in technology, engineering, natural and social sciences will be applied to develop prevention methods including identification of populations at risk through biomarker discovery for pre-disease conditions, understanding behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle, detection technology that will aid clinicians in early diagnosis, monitoring effectiveness of therapies, and design plus delivery of drugs after disease onset. The Institute aspires to apply discoveries and technologies to women around the world.  

Why Purdue?

The State of Indiana has a high incidence of chronic diseases in women and over 28% of Hoosier women are classified as obese. Purdue University has an infrastructure in place for studying disease prevention and development of biomedical technologies as well as an established network for community engagement and global health research through the National Institutes of Health funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Purdue's Discovery Park houses the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Birck Center for Nanotechnology, providing access to cutting-edge analytical technology. Purdue has significant strengths in development of diagnostic tools for breast cancer initiation and rapid screening methods for effective anti-bone loss interventions, as examples. These ongoing research programs can be leveraged to build a comprehensive program that will positively affect women's health and well-being. Purdue University also has a history of innovative education and research programs in translational research.


  • Strategies for improving women’s health around the world.
  • Infrastructure to fund and conduct research that applies new technologies to diagnosing and evaluating interventions for optimizing health and preventing disease.
  • Provide training across disciplines for careers in women’s health research.


  • Connie Weaver, PhD, Director, Department Head of Nutrition Science, and Deputy Director, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute weavercm@purdue.edu
  • Li Yuan Bermel, PhD, Managing Director lmi@purdue.edu
  • The WGHI reports to the Dean of Health and Human Sciences and the Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park
  • The WGHI is the home for projects such as the Interdepartmental Breast Cancer and Nutrition Project, Cancer Prevention, Obesity and Cancer Discovery Group. Close partners are the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research


The Women’s Global Health Institute is dedicated to improving women’s health through research and training by proactively identifying the causes and prevention of diseases related to women. The Institute is envisioned to become a national model for comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary and coordinated research focused on chronic disease prevention on a global scale.

To sustain the Institute, securing visionary leadership and moving research forward for the long term, private philanthropy through endowments and annual gifts is needed. In addition, partnerships with companies, foundations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) interested in improving women’s health globally will be sought.

Resources will support the WGHI priorities through the following strategic functions:

  • Pilot Research Grants
  • Graduate Research Assistantships
  • Core Research Grants
  • Sustainability Fund (operational support)

Endowments and Annual gifts will support the strategic functions and the central work of the researchers in the Center, as well as operational costs to sustain the Center into the future.

Contact Us

Women’s Global Health Institute

Discovery Park and College of Health and Human Sciences

Purdue University

Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, Room 395

207 South Martin Jischke Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971

(765) 496-9316

Fax: 765-494-9870

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