SWHR: Transforming Science


Preclinical Medical Studies Get “Blueprint for Change” from SWHR 

SWHR has released a white paper about the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) policies requiring investigators to address sex and gender issues in the design and conduct of NIH-funded preclinical studies. The white paper is intended to advise the NIH on the development of new policies, training and initiatives related to accounting for the sex of cells and animals in basic research. It covers the history of the study of sex differences, SWHR’s recommendations for NIH-funded preclinical research, and examples of studies that emphasize the importance of sex differences. In addition, the white paper includes a recommended mock-up of the requirements the NIH should apply to researchers who seek funding. 

Download the white paper. 

Read the release.


SWHR Applauds NIH-funded Research on Gender Bias in Pre-clinical and Clinical Studies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it will invest $10.1 million in supplemental funding to support the research of more than 80 grantees to investigate the effects of sex in pre-clinical and clinical studies. SWHR applauds the NIH for taking such an important step in encouraging researchers to study biological differences in a wide range of disease areas. 

Although $10.1 million seems like a substantial investment, once these monies are distributed among the researchers, this amount actually results in a limited increase when compared to the ever-rising cost of doing research in the U.S. SWHR believes that analysis of biological sex differences should become the norm in medical research that is examining diseases and conditions that impact both men and women. We will continue to advocate for appropriate funding for the NIH to facilitate this type of research and look forward to working with the Agency to ensure that all researchers increasingly understand the importance of biological sex.

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OSSD Offers Recommendations to Basic Scientists on New NIH Research Policies

SWHR would like to congratulate several leading members of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) on the publication of their recent article "NIH initiative to balance sex of animals in preclinical studies: Generative questions to guide policy, implementation, and metrics" in our online, open access journal, the Biology of Sex Differences.

This paper identifies key questions of interest to basic scientists who wish to respond to the new NIH requirements to describe how the sex of their research material--cells and animals--will be balanced in their grant applications. It also lists some important resources to consider and strategies for monitoring the effectiveness of policies to improve the sex balance in research.

SWHR founded the OSSD and supported its efforts for six years prior to their launch as an independent organization in 2013. SWHR considers the OSSD one of its most significant achievements. 

Read the paper.

SWHR Salutes the FDA Office of Women’s Health on 20 Years of Advancing Women’s Health

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) congratulates the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Women’s Health for 20 years of working to improve the health of women.

SWHR is proud of its role that led to the creation of the office in 1994 and has been an advocate with Congress and the media to raise the visibility of the office’s research, education and policy initiatives, as well as increase budget dollars to help fulfill its mission.

We look forward to future collaboration to advance women’s health and ensure that patients and health care providers make the most informed health care decisions for both women and men.

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New FDA Action Plan Will Help Close the Health Care Disparities Gap for Women and Minorities

A new action plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the participation of women, minorities and the elderly in research trials was welcomed by four leading health organizations as taking an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called on the agency to implement the plan swiftly.

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Sleep Health Must Explore Sex and Gender Differences,

Says New Report from SWHR

Sleep research must examine sex and gender differences with more study of sleep-related problems that affect women as well as potential treatments, according to a new report by SWHR published in the July issue of the Journal for Women’s Health.

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 SWHR Urges Groups to Support the Research for All Act of 2014 (H.R.4879)

SWHR supports this bipartisan legislation to require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to include and separately analyze both male and female animals, tissues and cells in government funded basic research. The bill also would direct the FDA to guarantee that products being considered for expedited review show that the research took biological sex into consideration and prioritizes those products that have demonstrated they have been proven safe and effective in both men and women.

To add your organization’s name to this letter to Congress, email Leslie Ritter at Leslie@swhr.org.


View the coalition letter. 


SWHR Supports New Congressional Legislation Promoting Study of Sex Differences and More Women in Clinical Trials

SWHR endorses the “Research for All Act of 2014” introduced by Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) in Congress. 

Learn more here.

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SWHR Appears on National & International Media to Urge More Women in Medical Research

SWHR President & CEO Phyllis Greenberger was interviewed for Voice of America and PBS NewsHour to discuss the need for further research into sex and gender differences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


Watch the Voice of America video here. 

Watch the NewsHour video here.

Read more here.



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SWHR Announces New Campaign on Molecular Diagnostics

SWHR is proud to announce a public awareness campaign focused on “Transforming Science: Innovations in Molecular Diagnostics.” SWHR launched the yearlong focus on this rapidly advancing field in women’s health during the 2014 Annual Gala on April 2. 

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Sex and the Basic Scientist: 
Is it Time to Embrace Title IX?

Kathryn Sandberg & Joseph G. Verbalis
Georgetown University
Biology of Sex Differences Journal 

Sex Differences in kidney gene expression during the life cycle of F344 rats
Joshua C. Kwekel, Varsha G. Desai, Carrie L. Moland, Vikrant Vijay & James C. Fuscoe
Biology of Sex Differences Journal

Clinical Trials

There are a number of women's health conditions that are neglected. Several new oral treatment clinical trials are now available for you to view.

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Policy News

Congressional Lunch Briefing

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FDA Report: Demographic Data

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), American Heart Association (AHA), and WomenHeart sent out the attached joint release:
FDA report on the Collection, Analysis, and Availability of Demographic subgroup Data for FDA-Approved Medical Products.

This report is the culmination of over 20 years of work by SWHR to emphasize the importance of studying women in biomedical research and the need for FDA to do reporting and analysis of sex, age, race and ethnicity in evaluating drugs, devices and biologics for marketing approval. 

It was SWHR’s 2001 IOM report “Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?” that put sex differences on the map.  SWHR and FDA’s Office of Women’s Health joint public workshop in 2011, 
Dialogues on Diversifying Clinical Trials: Successful Strategies for Engaging Women and Minorities
was highlighted in the report.



Latest News

September 30, 2014

Preclinical Medical Studies Get “Blueprint for Change” from SWHR

August 20, 2014

New FDA Action Plan Will Help Close the Health Care Disparities Gap for Women and Minorities

July 2, 2014

Sleep Health Must Explore Sex and Gender Differences, Says New Report from SWHR

June 17, 2014

SWHR Supports New Congressional Legislation Promoting Study of Sex Differences and More Women in Clinical Trials

May 27, 2014

SWHR Focuses on Sex and Gender Differences in Obesity at the 2014 National Scientific X Conference in Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2014

SWHR Launches New Network of Experts to Study Sex Differences in Sleep

May 14, 2014

 SWHR Applauds New NIH Policies to Require Female Cells and Animals in Pre-Clinical Research

SWHR Announces New Don Stein Neuroscience Travel Awardees

May 12, 2014

SWHR Calls for More Study of Women in Clinical Trials as the Nation Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

April 30, 2014

SWHR Applauds Congressional Leaders for Letters Urging Federal Agencies to Re-Examine the Inclusion of Women in Clinical Trials

April 17, 2014

SWHR Highlights Women’s Sleep Health at Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences

April 15, 2014

SWHR Co-Sponsors the Upcoming National Institutes of Health Forum on Microbiome and Autoimmunity

April 7, 2014

SWHR Announces New Campaign on Molecular Diagnostics

April 1, 2014

Major Changes Needed for How the FDA Approves Medical Products, Says Society for Women’s Health Research

March 27, 2014

Molecular Diagnostics & Sex Differences in the Brain to Headline Annual Gala Dinner

March 7, 2014

SWHR Leads Broad-Based Coalition Urging Congress to Review the Need for More Women and Minorities in Medical Research

February 28, 2014

Society for Women’s Health Research Urges Congress to Examine Why There Aren’t More Women and Minorities in Medical Research

February 24, 2014

SWHR to Honor FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health Marsha B. Henderson at Gala Dinner

February 19, 2014

SWHR Welcomes Dr. Paula Johnson and Carol Kelly to the SWHR Board of Directors

February 12, 2014

SWHR Announces Travel Award for Student Researchers Studying Sex Differences in Neuroscience

February 10, 2014

SWHR Praises CBS 60 Minutes for Focusing on How Drugs Affect Women and Men Differently

February 7, 2014

SWHR Applauds New Guidelines on Preventing Stroke in Women

January 29, 2014

The Society for Women’s Health Research Announces Annual Gala, Highlighting Innovations in Molecular Diagnostics 

November 14, 2013
Survey Finds Significant Link Between Chronic Health Conditions and Domestic Violence

October 1, 2013
SWHR Deplores Government Shutdown

September 18, 2013
SWHR CEO speaks at AdvaMed 2013

August 21, 2013
Dinner Still a Go for Women at D.C.'s Elite Cosmos Club
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August 14, 2013

SWHR President & CEO Phyllis Greenberger will speak at AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference on September 23, 2013

August 6, 2013
Congrats to SWHR founder Florence Haseltine on her Cigna Foundation GO YOU Award nomination! Read more
July 18, 2013
SWHR "X" Conference - Sex Differences Undeniably Make All the Difference in Women's Health

July 8, 2013
President and CEO Phyllis Greenberger will participate in the National Journal's Women 2020 Super Summit.

July 1, 2013

Valerie headshot.JPGSWHR board member Valerie Montgomery Rice appointed CEO and President of Morehouse School of Medicine. See release here!

July 1, 2013

Funding health-care research - Men vs. Women

May 23, 2013
Call for Action! Help support the NSF peer review process from U.S. Congress attack.

May 13, 2013
Hypertension in Women - Read more here
April 29, 2013

Launch of the 2013 Geoffrey Beene NeuroDiscovery Challenge

April 29, 2013
SWHR and Verizon Foundation announce partnership

April 15, 2013
Report from SWHR on Menopausal Hormone Therapy published in Journal of Women's Health. See release here


SWHR Events

 October 29, 2014

Breakfast Briefing on What Women Want in Breast Cancer Screening

March 25, 2015

SWHR's 25th Annual Gala Dinner & Reception 


Other Events
April 21 - 23, 2015 Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Annual Conference in Palo Alto, California.  OSSD was established by SWHR in 2006 as the only scientific membership society in North America dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research on biological sex differences.











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