Women's health research office marks 20 years

October 2010 | Volume 9, Issue 5

A woman at a podium speaks into a microphone, slide displays in background, reading 20th anniversary 1990 2010
Photo by Bill Branson

Women's health research was celebrated recently at the 20th anniversary of the creation of the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.

"One of the major challenges we faced when this office was first established was to prove it was not just an office to be politically correct and that it would deal in science-driven initiatives," said Dr. Vivian Pinn, ORWH director. "That is what we’ve adhered to since the founding of the office."

A daylong scientific symposium included the unveiling of ORWH’s new strategic plan, which stresses the importance of increased studies on sex and gender differences in basic biomedical and behavioral research and the need to create partnerships to maximize the global and domestic impact of women’s health research.

The office was created in 1990 to work in partnership with NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

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