NIH News Release
Office of Research on Women's Health

Friday, September 8, 2000
Ellyn J. Pollack
(301) 402-1770

NIH Celebrates a Decade of Progress in Women's Health Research
and the 10th Anniversary of ORWH

BETHESDA, MD The Office of Research on Women's Health is hosting a scientific symposium on women's health research to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the office. Established on September 10, 1990, ORWH became the first office in the Public Health Service dedicated specifically to women's health and research. The program, "Celebrating a Decade of Progress: Embracing Challenges of the 21st Century," will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, September 11, in Masur Auditorium, Building 10, at the National Institutes of Health.

"This scientific forum," says Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, NIH Associate Director for Research on Women's Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health, "will celebrate a decade of accomplishments resulting from collaborative and committed efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical research, and envision the future contributions of research to the improvement of women's health."

Special guests to welcome participants will include The Honorable Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senate; The Honorable Constance Morella, U.S. House of Representatives; and Mary Beth Donahue, Chief-of-Staff, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The keynote address, "Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Susceptibility-Are We Ready?," will be presented by Dr. Barbara Weber, University of Pennsylvania, in the First Annual ORWH Lectureship in Women's Health Research. This will follow an opening address by Dr. Richard Klausner, Director of the National Cancer Institute, who will discuss progress and challenges in women's cancer.

Following provocative presentations by many national leaders in women's health research, care and education, a panel - including Robert Bazell of NBC News and Former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello - will close the afternoon with comments on future challenges for women's health research and care.

Monday evening, ORWH will recognize the current Principal Deputy Director of NIH, current and former members of Congress and others, including former NIH Director Dr. Bernadine Healy, with awards for being Visionaries for Women's Health Research. These presentations will be part of a dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building.

"It's an honor to be receiving this award from the National Institutes of Health," said Senator Mikulski. "I am proud to be the Senator for NIH and am proud that we have this world class institution in Maryland. NIH has come a long way in the last ten years and I am pleased to see their progress in including women in their valuable research efforts."

ORWH was established 10 years ago in response to the concerns of the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues about the need for research on women and the lack of consistency in implementing the NIH policy to include women in clinical research. The office was legislatively mandated by the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993.

ORWH (a) advises the NIH Director and staff on matters relating to research on women's health; (b) strengthens and enhances research related to diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women; (c) ensures that research conducted and supported by NIH adequately addresses issues regarding women's health; (d) ensures that women are appropriately represented in biomedical and biobehavioral research studies supported by NIH; (e) develops opportunities for and supports recruitment, retention, re-entry, and advancement of women in biomedical careers; and (f) supports research on women's health issues. ORWH works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

The scientific symposium is free and open to the public. Attached is the agenda for the symposium. For information on attending the presentation of Visionary for Women's Health Research awards Monday evening, contact Ellyn Pollack at 301-402-1770.

Celebrating A Decade of Progress in Women's Health Research:
Embracing Challenges of the 21st Century

Monday, September 11th, 2000

Scientific Symposium
Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH
Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D., National Institutes of Health
The Honorable Constance A. Morella, U.S. House of Representatives
Mary Beth Donahue, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
9:15 a.m. Progress and Challenges in Women's Cancer
Richard Klausner, M.D., National Cancer Institute
9:45-11:30 a.m. Science Panel I

Women's Health Research: Lessons from Evolution
Daniel D. Federman, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Hormones Across the Life Span:
A Decade of Progress and Forecasts for the Future

Nancy Reame, M.S.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., University of Michigan Health System

Prevention of Chronic Diseases: Osteoporosis as a Model
Ethel Siris, M.D., Columbia University

Coronary Artery Disease: No Longer the Province of Men
Marianne J. Legato, M.D., F.A.C.P., Columbia University

11:30 a.m. Lunch and Scientific Poster Session.
Visitor Information Center, Clinical Center
1- 1:15 p.m.. Greetings by and Acceptance of
Visionary for Women's Health Research Award.

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senate
1:15-1:55 p.m.. Keynote Address

First Annual ORWH Lectureship in Women's Health Research
Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Susceptibility–Are We Ready?

Barbara Weber, M.D., University of Pennsylvania

1:55 - 3:10 p.m. Science Panel II

New Paradigms for Reproductive Health
Louella Klein, M.D., FACOG, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists

Global Burden of Mental Illness in Women
Steven E. Hyman, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health

3:10 - 4:30 p.m. Science Panel III: Respondents
Future Challenges for Women's Health Research & Care in the 21st Century
Public Health

Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
New York State Department of Health

Professional Practice and Education
Roger Bulger, M.D.
Association of Academic Health Centers

Studying Minority Women's Health
Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Changing Role of Women's Health in Television News
Robert Bazell
NBC News

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks/Advocacy Response

Cynthia E. Pearson
National Women's Health Network

Julia Scott, R.N.
National Black Women's Health Project

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.
Director, ORWH