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SWHR Convenes Leaders in Health Policy for Second Annual Awards Dinner Symposium: The State of Women’s Health

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The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) held its Second Annual Awards Dinner Symposium: The State of Women’s Health in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2017, gathering some of the best minds in health policy to discuss advancements in women’s health, and to explore existing policy challenges in understanding gender and ethnic disparities in health.

Amy M. Miller, PhD, president and CEO of SWHR, delivered the welcoming remarks, followed by Monica P. Mallampalli, PhD, MSc, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at SWHR, who spoke about the tremendous progress in women’s health and then introduced the event speakers.

Cynthia Hess, PhD, Associate Director of Research Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shared findings on women’s health and well-being across the U.S. based on state level data published in IWPR’s Status of Women in the States 2015 report.

“Good policy needs to be based on data acknowledging that women’s experiences are different from men, and that experiences among women and men vary according to practice such as race and ethnicity, age, sexual identity, geographic location, and so forth,” said Dr. Hess.

Marsha Henderson, MCRP, Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), discussed the Office of Women’s Health at FDA’s improvements to the quality of life for women and their families, particularly through ensuring inclusion of women in clinical trials, publicizing pregnancy registries, as well as advising about FDA’s wide range of regulated products including foods, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Linda Blount, MPH, President and CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), spoke about how big data in health research can often overlook underlying social determinants. She shared findings from BWHI’s IndexUS, the first comparative index of black women’s health.

Andrew Sperling, JD, Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, addressed gender differences in mental illness and the need for more precise diagnostics of many psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.

While the status of women’s health in the U.S. has improved, disparities and health outcomes for women of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups still need to be addressed through increased investments in prevention and treatments. SWHR will work with these organizations to address these challenges and facilitate the necessary advances to improve the health and well-being of all women.

The symposium concluded with a brief Q&A session, followed by a networking reception that led into SWHR’s 27th Annual Awards Dinner.

SWHR expresses gratitude to all who supported and attended the event, including our generous sponsors Amgen, Eli Lilly and Company, Spectrum Communications, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

The Society for Women’s Health Research Celebrates Three Outstanding Honorees

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CONTACT:
Heena Patel
202-223-8224
heena@swhr.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2017

The Society for Women’s Health Research Celebrates Three Outstanding Honorees

Awards dinner honors visionaries AARP Executive Myrna Blyth, Senator Susan Collins, and Dr. Mary Lake Polan

WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2017) – The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) hosted its 27th annual awards dinner on March 22 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC, where nearly 400 guests gathered to celebrate advances in women’s health and honor three individuals with the Women’s Health Visionary Award:

  • Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of AARP Media, overseeing AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, AARP Studios, AARP Book Division, and the AARP Website.
  • Senator Susan Collins, Senior Senator from Maine, ranks nineteenth in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman.
  • Mary Lake Polan MD, PhD, MPH, Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine.

“We were pleased to honor Myrna Blyth, Senator Susan Collins, and Dr. Mary Lake Polan. Each have advocated for women’s health in their respective diverse fields of work for many years,” said Dr. Amy M. Miller, SWHR president and CEO. “Through education, research, or innovation, their contributions have inspired women to be advocates for their own health.”

Award-winning journalist Leon Harris, who is best known for anchoring newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV in Washington, DC emceed the event. Harris discussed his own experience in overcoming pancreatitis, the importance of health awareness and education, and introduced guest speakers and awardees throughout the evening.

A special guest appearance was made by Dan Rather, former CBS Evening News anchor, and now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports, who presented the award to longtime friend Dr. Polan. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about her support of SWHR.

“Working with the organization over many years has been a wonderful experience, promoting this movement for women’s health not only in the US, but overseas as well,” said Dr. Polan.

Following the awards presentation, Dr. Miller concluded with remarks on the importance of SWHR’s mission and what the organization plans to accomplish in the future. “In the face of possible drastic federal cuts to research and affordable care, we continue our legacy of successful advocacy for women’s health,” said Dr. Miller.

In addition to the gala dinner, SWHR also hosted its second annual gala symposium earlier in the day. The symposium featured a keynote discussion on research gaps in underrepresented diseases in women and minority ethnic groups. Notable speakers included Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black Women’s Health Imperative; Marsha Henderson, MCRP, Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the US Food and Drug Administration; Cynthia Hess, PhD, and Associate Director of Research at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; and Andrew Sperling, JD, Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

SWHR expresses gratitude to all who supported and attended the event, including our generous Award Benefactor sponsors AARP, Hearst, and also our Leadership sponsors Amgen, Astellas, Celgene, PhRMA, Genentech, and Roche.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SWHR’s science, advocacy, and educational programs, which ensure that women’s health remains a national priority.

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ABOUT SWHR

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) is a national non-profit based in Washington DC. A thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease, SWHR is dedicated to advancing 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 disproportionately or predominately affect women. For more information, visit http://www.swhr.org. Follow us on Twitter at @SWHR

SWHR’s 27th Annual Gala: The State of Women’s Health

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 2, 2017

CONTACT:
Heena Patel, Communications Director
202-223-8224
heena@swhr.org

Celebratory event honors visionary women on Wednesday, March 22 in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC (February 2, 2017) – The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease, will host its 27th Annual Gala: The State of Women’s Health on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

SWHR’s Gala will host more than 400 attendees, including members of Congress; researchers and clinicians; advocacy groups and disease awareness organizations; professional, scientific and medical associations; and individuals interested in the advancement of women’s health.

This year’s gala honorees will be presented the Women’s Health Visionary Award and include:

  • Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of AARP Media, overseeing AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, AARP Studios, AARP Book Division, and the AARP Website;
  • Susan Collins, Senator from Maine, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Aging and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the Intelligence Committee, as well as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and
  • Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH, Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine.

“The Society for Women’s Health Research is delighted to honor Myrna Blyth, Senator Susan Collins, and Dr. Mary Lake Polan for their lifetime of exemplary leadership and commitment to professional excellence,” said Amy M. Miller, PhD, SWHR president and CEO. “These extraordinary visionaries are powerful role models who have made unique contributions in advancing women’s health.”

SWHR will also host its Second Annual Gala Symposium on March 22, 2017, which will convene some of the best minds in health policy. The symposium will feature a series of presentations on the existing challenges and important advances needed to improve the health of women of all ages. Based on this discussion, SWHR will identify strategic next steps to addressing some of the most important policy issues related to women’s health.

From its inception, SWHR has worked to further women’s health and the study of biological sex differences and continues to raise awareness of the impact of sex differences on diseases and treatment. All event proceeds will benefit SWHR’s science, advocacy, and educational programs, which ensure that women’s health remains a national priority.

Media are invited to attend the gala. To request a complimentary seat, email your name and news organization to communications@swhr.org.

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About SWHR

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 disproportionately or predominately affect women.

For more information, visit http://www.SWHR.org. Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWHR.

 

 

 

 

 

The Society for Women’s Health Research Talks Revolutionizing Healthcare & Research Through Data at Annual Gala Dinner

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
May 10, 2016

Contact: Heena Patel
Phone: 202-223-8224

The Society for Women’s Health Research Talks Revolutionizing Healthcare & Research Through Data at Annual Gala Dinner

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2016) – The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), held its annual black-tie gala May 4, 2016, this time to discuss the growing trend of big data and its impact on health, science, and medicine. More than 400 guests gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington D.C., to join the conversation.

The gala featured keynote speakers Alyson J. McGregor, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University, and David C. Page, MD, Director of Whitehead Institute, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Page presented on his work mapping the Y-chromosome and on its evolution in mammals and expression during development and was followed by a presentation by Dr. McGregor on the need for sex-specific labeling revisions and an evidence-based approach to capturing data.

Following the keynote speakers’ remarks, Kavita Patel, MD, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution moderated a panel of health, science, and medical industry leaders in a discussion of changing technologies and its impact on women’s health. The panel included Robert M. Califf, MD, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Jennie Larkin, PhD, Senior Advisor for Extramural Programs and Strategic Planning at the National Institutes of Health; Anna McCollister-Slipp, Co-founder of Galileo Analytics; and Jane L. Snowdon, PhD, Director, Watson Health Partnerships, IBM.

John Seng, Founder & CEO of Spectrum and Chair of SWHR’s Board of Directors and SWHR President and CEO Phyllis Greenberger also offered remarks, noting the vital importance of data on improving the future of patient care.

“SWHR has advocated for more than 25 years for research in sex and gender differences and its impact on health and health outcomes,” said Greenberger. “However, utilizing sex differences data in clinical research is one aspect of data that holds huge promise for all patients – particularly women and minorities. We were delighted to gather such a broad group of esteemed professionals to discuss big data and what it means for the future of women’s health.”

SWHR expresses gratitude to all who attended and donated to the event, and to our generous Leadership Plus and Leadership-level sponsors: PhRMA, Allergan, Astellas, Hologic, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and PWR.

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ABOUT SWHR

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 disproportionately or predominately affect women.

 For more information, visit www.SWHR.org.  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWHR.

SWHR’s 26th Annual Gala: “Revolutionizing Healthcare & Research Through Data”

By | Press Release

CONTACT:
Heena Patel
202-223-8224
heena@swhr.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2016

SWHR’s 26th Annual Gala:
“Revolutionizing Healthcare & Research Through Data”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2016) – The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) will host its 26th annual gala on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

This year’s signature event, “Revolutionizing Healthcare & Research Through Data,” will explore big data’s impact on the future of health, science, and medicine.

Data initiatives are revolutionizing healthcare and helping to improve every aspect of medicine, from bench to bedside. This data, which is being collected and utilized by healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, insurance companies, hospitals, and researchers, provides a wealth of healthcare information that can be used to better inform healthcare decisions and delivery for every woman.

Extensive advances in data generation and collection are changing the way we visit and interact with healthcare providers.  Even on an individual level, people are collecting their personal health data through “wearables” that monitor weight, diet, exercise, heart and metabolic rates, sleep, and more.

Join usas we discuss how the healthcare community can move beyond conversation to an era of personalized care.

Keynote speakers Alyson J. McGregor, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University and David C. Page, MD, Director of the Whitehead Institute and Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and

Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute will lead the conversation on how data is advancing health and medicine.

The evening also will feature a panel discussion moderated by Kavita Patel, MD, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Panelists include Philip E. Bourne, PhD, Associate Director for Data Science at the NIH; Robert M. Califf, MD, FDA Commissioner; Anna McCollister-Slipp, Co-founder of Galileo Analytics; and Jane L. Snowdon, PhD, Director, Watson Health Partnerships, IBM.

All event proceeds will benefit SWHR’s science, advocacy and educational programs, which ensure that women’s health remains a national priority.

Media are invited to attend the gala. To request a complimentary seat, email your name and news organization to communications@swhr.org.

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About SWHR

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 disproportionately or predominately affect women.  

For more information, visit www.SWHR.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWHR.

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