February 14, 2015

Congressional Briefing Explores Biological Sex Differences in Medical Research



For Release: February 12, 2015

Contact: Aaron Lohr                                                  Contact: Heena Patel

Director, Media Relations                                           Communications Manager

Endocrine Society                                                      Society for Women’s Health Research

Phone: 202.971.3654                                                  Phone: 202.496.5067

alohr@endocrine.org                                                 heena@swhr.org

Congressional Briefing Explores Biological Sex Differences in Medical Research

 Women’s health leaders press for female subjects to be included in basic research

 Washington, D.C.—The Endocrine Society and Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) are co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing on February 17th that will focus on the importance of including female subjects in both preclinical and clinical biomedical research, which could potentially revolutionize medical research and scientific discovery.

Biomedical research is the driver of scientific discovery and innovative medical treatment; yet it is well known that women and minorities are still not adequately represented in most research studies. To truly usher in medical treatments that are tailored to the patient, we must ensure that women and minorities are reflected in the research studies used to approve new and novel medical treatments.  We know that women have a much higher rate of adverse effects from approved medical products, and these adverse effects have resulted in some medications being pulled off the market. Scientists must ensure that preclinical research balances the inclusion of males and females and that research on human subjects includes representation from minority populations to appropriately determine how and for what populations the next wave of medical products work.

With limited budget dollars, it is imperative that federally funded research be structured to maximize the value of the investment. At the February 17 briefing, national leaders in women’s health and medical research will discuss how to improve scientific understanding of differences between men and women and how these differences impact health.


Maximizing the Benefits of Biomedical Research: Why We Need to Balance the Study of Males and Females – A Tale of Mice and Men

Congressional briefing co-sponsored by the Endocrine Society and the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®)


Phyllis Greenberger, MSW

President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD

Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University & Past President of the Endocrine Society

Janine Clayton, MD

National Institutes of Health Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health

Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Marsha B. Henderson, MCRP

Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

12 – 1:30 p.m. (ET)


1537 Longworth House Office Building

─ Lunch will be available ─

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Founded in 1916, the Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology.  Today, the Endocrine Society’s membership consists of over 18,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. Society members represent all basic, applied and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/EndoMedia.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the variety of diseases and conditions that uniquely affect women. For more information, visit www.SWHR.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWHR.