A resounding success! The public hearing and scientific workshop to update the NIH Women’s Health Research Agenda held May 27–29, 2009 at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Moving Into the Future
New Dimensions and Strategies for Women's Health Research for the National Institutes of Health
NIH/Office of Research in Women’s Health National Conference at the University of California, San Francisco
The Office of Research on Women’s Health/NIH/DHHS, the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health hosted the second in a series of four public hearings and scientific workshops to update the NIH Women’s Health Research Agenda for the coming decade. Over 350 people registered and participated during the three day event, a balanced program presenting visionary work across the spectrum of women's health research.
Dr. Nancy Milliken conducting the panel of Focus Area Working Group Co-chairs on final day of conference. From left to right: Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH; Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH; Paula Tavrow, PhD; Susan Fisher, PhD; Sue Dubman; Dawn Smith, MD, MS, MPH
The conference hosts heard a diversity of input from a variety of stakeholder groups including researchers, clinicians, patients, advocacy groups, community organizations, and industry. In addition, many program officers and leaders from NIH Institutes and Centers actively participated in the event. Stakeholder commentary regarding all areas related to women's health research was represented by an array of speakers at the public hearing. In addition, the conference addressed specific Focus Areas related to women's health. On the third day of the conference, a representative from each working group presented their top recommendations to the director of the ORWH, Dr. Vivian W. Pinn and those assembled.
All ideas and recommendations gathered during this conference will be used to formulate future ORWH and NIH funding priorities, including the development of new programs, grants, and requests for applications (RFAs). The results from this and the three other regional meetings will be released in the form of a report in time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ORWH in September 2010.
The topics for the working groups that developed recommendations for the ORWH were:
- Global Health
- Stem Cells
- Women’s Health and the Environment
- HIV/AIDS and Women
- Women in Science and Health
- Information Technology
All sessions were be held at the William J. Rutter Center on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.
The remaining two conferences will be held at:
Women and Infants Hospital, Brown University, Providence, RI
September 21–23, 2009
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL—October 14–16, 2009