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Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent receives Endocrine Society journalism award

The Endocrine Society

San Diego, CA--Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent Julie Rovner received the Endocrine Society's annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism, the Society announced today.

Rovner was honored at the Society's 98th Annual Meeting & Expo in Boston, MA, for her coverage of the impetus to include more women in clinical trials. The winning article, "GAO: NIH needs to do more to ensure research evaluates gender differences," was published in The Washington Post as well as Kaiser Health News.

Established in 2008, the award was created to recognize outstanding reporting that enhances the public understanding of health issues pertaining to the field of endocrinology.

In her article, Rovner highlighted efforts to incorporate female subjects in federally-funded clinical trials as well as preclinical research. 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.

The Endocrine Society has advocated for federal initiatives to balance the use of male and female subjects in preclinical research examining conditions that affect both sexes. Diverse research subjects are needed to improve scientific understanding of differences between men and women and how these differences impact health.

The Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism consists of a presentation at the Society's awards banquet during ENDO 2016. The meeting is taking place from April 1-4.

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More information on the Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism is available at: https://www.endocrine.org/news-room/journalism-award.

Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world's oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions.

The Society, which is celebrating its centennial in 2016, has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at http://www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.

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