March 20, 2023

SWHR Announces 2023 Honoree in Industry in Advance of Annual Awards Gala

Monday, March 20, 2023 – The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) will recognize Horizon Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines that address critical needs for people impacted by rare, autoimmune, and severe inflammatory diseases, as the third health care leader honoree at its 2023 Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

SWHR will present the Health Industry Visionary Award to Horizon Therapeutics for its dedication to developing innovative medicines and providing compassionate support to patients. The company has also supported SWHR’s work to improve women’s health across the lifespan, specific to women’s eye health and autoimmune diseases and conditions.

Leaders from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women’s Health and University of Illinois Chicago Center for Research on Women and Gender will join Horizon as honorees for the evening. SWHR will present the Health Public Service Visionary Award to Dr. Kaveeta Vasisht for her long-lasting commitment to public health, with an emphasis on her myriad achievements during her time as Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health at the FDA. SWHR will present the Health Education Visionary Award to Dr. Pauline Maki for her significant research contributions that are improving our understanding surrounding key issues in women’s health, particularly around cognition, mood, and brain function during pregnancy and menopause.

Read More About The Public Service And Education Honorees

In addition, SWHR is honored to have Julie Louise Gerberding, MD, MPH serve as the keynote speaker for the evening. Dr. Gerberding is the CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a non-profit organization that builds public-private research partnerships to support the mission of the NIH.

SWHR supporters will gather in person for the 2023 Annual Awards Gala to celebrate the achievements of Horizon, Dr. Vasisht, Dr. Maki and the bright future of women’s health research. The event will be held on April 26, 2023, at the InterContinental Washington, D.C. – The Wharf, with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET and dinner following at 7:00 p.m. ET. Find out more about the 2023 Gala and see highlights from past Galas here.

Sponsorships and tickets are still available. Information can be found here. Funds raised from the event will support SWHR’s science, policy, and educational initiatives. For additional information about the gala, please contact Emma Bixler, Development Coordinator, at emma[at] or 202-464-6923.


About SWHR

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is a national nonprofit and thought leader dedicated to promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers, and health advocates, SWHR is making women’s health mainstream by addressing unmet needs and research gaps in women’s health. Thanks to SWHR’s efforts, women are now routinely included in most major medical research studies and more scientists are considering sex as a biological variable in their research. Visit for more information.