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New Group Fosters Research on Women

A new intramural program on research on women's health was announced recently by Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women's health. The IPRWH is being developed by the Office of Research on Women's Health in conjunction with the Office of Intramural Research.

ORWH has been fostering an expansion of research on women's health outside the NIH for more than a decade, said Pinn. "Now we will offer to researchers in the NIH's own intramural scientific program the kind of encouragement for scientific research related to women's health and career development that we have provided to investigators in the research community nationwide. I am truly excited by the possibilities for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration that the IPRWH will foster, as well as the increased opportunities for networking and sharing of ideas and concerns."

Members of the new intramural program on research on women's health include (from l) Dr. Joan Schwartz, Dr. Vivian Pinn, Joyce Rudick, Dr. Janine Smith, Dr. Barbara Vonderhaar and Vicki Malick.

The IPRWH will serve as the focal point for intramural women's health research, including sex and gender comparison research. The group will also develop and communicate training opportunities and recruit new clinical and basic research trainees into the IPRWH.

The program's steering committee will be co-chaired by Drs. Barbara Vonderhaar and Esther Sternberg, and be composed of 17 representatives of institutes and the intramural community.

The first program sponsored by the IPRWH is the women's health scientific interest group, which welcomes all intramural scientists interested in research areas related to women's health. The WHSIG will hold a monthly seminar series, the first of which will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1; featured speaker will be Dr. Marianne Legato, director of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her topic will be "The Impact of Sex and Gender on Human Physiology and the Experience of Disease."

Those interested in learning about the WHSIG or IPRWH should attend the seminar or contact Dr. Janine Smith ( or Vicki Malick ( for more information.

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