March 03, 2014

WGBH: Warren Calls For More Investment In Women's Biomedical Research

By Ibby Caputo

March 3, 2014

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a National Policy Summit on Women's Health held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston on Monday.

No one had ever considered the possibility that she had coronary disease. I've always assumed that was because she was a woman," Warren said.

Warren was the keynote speaker at the summit that brought together policymakers, industry representatives, doctors and scientists to discuss disparities in biomedical research that affects health outcomes for women.

"Women have more strokes than men. Women who don't smoke are more likely to get lung cancer then men who don't smoke. Women are more affected by Alzheimer's and depression then men. Women are also more likely than men to have autoimmune diseases. We observe these disparities but we don't know exactly what causes them."

A new report released by the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital states that 20 years after a law mandated the inclusion of women in federally-funded biomedical research, sex differences remain understudied in the medical research that informs the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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