January 10, 2022

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Invests in Women’s Health Research at Tufts

Furthering research into depression in women and the drugs used to treat it, the Women’s Health Program of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has awarded a grant to Jamie Maguire, a Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Professor in the neuroscience department at Tufts University School of Medicine. She joins three other Tufts scientists awarded grants from the MLSC in 2021.

The Women’s Health Program is part of an MLSC initiative, started in 2020, to support collaborative research projects to improve women’s health. Women suffer from many diseases and disorders at a higher rate than men, but are largely underrepresented in clinical trials, including those looking at the biological mechanisms of depression. This has led to a lack of data that would help scientists to understand and properly treat these disorders in women.

The grant will support new research between the Maguire Lab and SAGE Therapeutics to study how antidepressant responses differ between men and women. “It is an honor to receive such a prestigious and highly sought-after award from the MLSC,” says Maguire.