Washington, DC (November 2, 2017)—On November 2, 2017, the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) was awarded the Director’s Award on behalf of Dr. Diana Bianchi, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). SWHR was selected to receive the honor because of its participation as a partner agency in PregSourceTM, a crowdsourcing research project that aims to improve knowledge of pregnancy by collecting information directly from pregnant women.
Also known as the NICHD Collaboration Award, it “recognizes individuals/organizations who have advanced the Institute’s mission through successful collaboration with partners across NICHD or outside the Institute,” said the NICHD Awards Committee. Since the institute’s creation by Congress in 1962, NICHD’s mission has encompassed research across the life span, including development before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. NICHD research over the past forty years has led to advances enabling millions of people in this country and around the world to lead healthier lives.
The president and CEO of SWHR, Amy M. Miller, PhD, accepted the award. Dr. Miller said, “By gathering information about pregnancy through crowdsourcing, PregSourceTM is able to understand first-hand how women experience pregnancy. This vital project is an important resource in an ignored area of health research.”
SWHR leads the way in advocating for greater funding for women’s health research and for the study of biological differences between the sexes that affect disease, its presentation, and treatment; promotes the inclusion of women and minorities in medical research; pushes for the analysis of research data for sex and ethnic differences; and informs women, health care providers, and policymakers about women’s health issues.
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. A thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease, SWHR is dedicated to improving women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. For more information, visit www.swhr.org and follow at www.twitter.com/SWHR.