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Congressional briefing to explore biological sex differences' impact on medical research

Women's health leaders press for female subjects to be included in basic research studies

The Endocrine Society

Washington, DC--The Endocrine Society and Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®) are co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing on July 10 to examine the need to include more female subjects in preclinical and clinical biomedical research - a move that could revolutionize medical research and scientific discovery.

Although biomedical research drives scientific discovery and innovative medical treatments, it is well known that women and minorities remain underrepresented in most research studies. To truly usher in medical treatments that are tailored to the patient, women and minorities must be reflected in the research studies used to approve new and novel medical treatments.

Scientific findings indicate that women have a much higher rate of adverse effects from approved medical products, and these adverse effects have resulted in some medications being pulled off the market. Scientists must ensure that preclinical research balances the inclusion of males and females and that research on human subjects includes representation from minority populations to appropriately determine how and for what populations the next wave of medical products work.

With limited budget dollars, it is imperative that federally funded research be structured to maximize the value of the investment. At the July 10 briefing, national leaders in women's health and medical research will discuss how to improve scientific understanding of differences between men and women and how these differences impact health.

What: Maximizing the Benefits of Biomedical Research: Why We Need to Balance the Study of Males and Females - A Tale of Mice and Men

Congressional briefing co-sponsored by the Endocrine Society and the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®)

Phyllis Greenberger, MSW
President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University & Past President of the Endocrine Society

Janine Clayton, MD
National Institutes of Health Associate Director for Research on Women's Health
Director, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health

Marsha B. Henderson, MCRP
Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
12 - 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Where: 1539 Longworth House Office Building

RSVP to Laura Meyer at Lunch will be available.


Founded in 1916, the Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, the Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 18,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. Society members represent all basic, applied and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at Follow us on Twitter at!/EndoMedia.

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 uniquely affect women. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at

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