May 5, 2015

SWHR Supports Reintroduction of the Research For All Act

Washington, D.C. –  Today, United States Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced the “Research for All Act of 2015” in Congress.  As the leading voice on research on women’s health and the biological differences between women and men, The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) endorses the goals of this legislation and believes it will have a powerful impact on the way medical research is conducted, analyzed, and interpreted to patients.

“The Society for Women’s Health Research is proud to support the Research for All Act of 2015,” said SWHR President and CEO Phyllis Greenberger, “Which we believe represents a significant step forward in ensuring that the appropriate framework is in place at both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow for greater study of sex differences in medical research so we can better understand how diseases and treatments affect women and men differently.

“If we truly aspire to reach an era of personalized medicine, we must know what works for what individuals, and what doesn’t. Research must be designed to answer these questions from the beginning, not as an afterthought,” Greenberger continued.

The Research for All Act of 2015 will mandate the updating of reports on women and minority inclusion in medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expand understanding of sex differences in both basic and clinical research at the NIH, and direct the FDA to guarantee that clinical drug trials for expedited drug products are sufficient to determine safety and effectiveness for both women and men. We at SWHR call on all members of Congress to support this important legislation.

SWHR is proud to raise public awareness of this legislation in partnership with Hadassah, an organization that is committed to connecting and empowering Jewish women to effect change.  Click here to access our media kit, which contains sample social media language and graphics connected to the reintroduction of the Research for All Act.