Celebrating Women’s Health Research

I think the most important date that
everyone should remember is January 25th 2016. It is from that date that all of
science and medicine will change. And that’s because the NIH then mandated on
that day that we have to consider sex as a biological variable. The problem that we were facing is that women were being excluded from clinical trials. In the
late 80s and early 90s the first trial that they presented to us was fifty
thousand men. And so that meant that the drugs that were being developed weren’t
being tested on the very individual that would be taking that medicine. And that’s
what Northwestern I think offers — the ability to do science that’s somewhat
unexpected. We’re the kind of scientists who say the promise of basic science in
medicine is that tomorrow’s patient will be treated better than today’s.

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