Advocate of Change
Sitting Down With… Phyllis Greenberger, President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), Washington, D.C., USA.
Charlotte Barker |
It must be rewarding to have been involved in SWHR from the start…
It’s very rewarding. And it’s been fun and exciting, partly because we look at so many conditions, from neurological conditions to cardiovascular. I have had the opportunity to work with so many researchers, academic centers, regulators, and government officials. And though every day has been a challenge, it’s always been interesting.
How was SWHR founded?
SWHR was founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates. Dr Florence Haseltine – who was working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the time – realized that women’s health issues were almost entirely focused on reproductive issues, and maternal and pediatric medicine. Florence went to Congress and talked to them about the need to pay attention to the full range of health issues that women experience. In particular, we lobbied for an audit of NIH’s policies and practices regarding inclusion of women in clinical trials. As a result, President Clinton signed legislation in 1993 that established the Office of Women’s Health at the NIH, appropriated a significant amount of money for women’s health research, and mandated the inclusion of women in clinical trials.
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