46th Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health (ACRWH)

Date and Time

– October 23, 2018, 04:00 PM EDT

NIH Main Campus, Building 31, Floor 6C, Room 10

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The Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH) will convene for the 46th annual meeting to discuss women’s health across the life course and provide updates on activities supported by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). The primary focus of the meeting will be the presentation of the goals and objectives of the new NIH strategic plan, Advancing Science for the Health of Women: 2019-2023: Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research.

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ACRWH was established in 1993 to provide advice and make recommendations on priority issues affecting women's health and sex differences research. ACRWH members are selected from among physicians, practitioners, scientists, and other health professionals who are not Federal employees.

ACRWH responsibilities are to:

  • Advise the ORWH Director on appropriate NIH research activities on women's health
  • Review the women's health research portfolio for NIH
  • Survey goals for scientific career development
  • Assess inclusion of women and minorities in NIH clinical research
Conference Venue

Building 31, Floor 6C, Room 10
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

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All visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center, located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

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Visit the NIH Visitor’s Center for more information about the NIH security process, visitor’s parking, and parking fares. 

Scientific Speakers

Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., MACP, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers was named Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in 2007. As Director, Dr. Rodgers provides scientific leadership and manages a staff of over 600 employees and a budget of $2.0 billion. Dr. Rodgers received his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He performed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His fellowship training in hematology took place in a joint program of NIH, The George Washington University, and the Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition to his medical and research training, he earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, with a focus on the business of medicine/science.

As a research investigator, Dr. Rodgers is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of the first effective — and now FDA-approved — therapy for sickle cell anemia. He was a principal investigator in clinical trials to develop therapy for patients with sickle cell disease and he performed basic research that focused on the molecular basis of the effects of certain drugs on gamma-globin gene expression. More recently, he and his collaborators reported on a modified blood stem cell transplant regimen that is highly effective in reversing sickle cell disease in adults that is associated with relatively low toxicity.

Dr. Rodgers has been an invited professor at medical schools and hospitals nationally and internationally. He has been honored with many named lectureships at American medical centers and has published over 250 original research articles, reviews, and book chapters; has edited four books and monographs; and holds three patents. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine, among others. He served as Governor to the American College of Physicians, Chair of the Hematology Subspecialty Board and was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors.


Wendy M. Kohrt, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Women’s Health Research, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Wendy M. Kohrt is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is the Nancy Anschutz Endowed Chair in Women's Health Research. She is the Director of Research for Geriatric Medicine and the Director of the IMAGE research group (Investigations in Metabolism, Aging, Gender, and Exercise). She also is the Director of the Energy Balance Core Laboratory for the NIH-supported Nutrition and Obesity Research Center and the Chair of the Scientific Advisory and Review Committee for the Adult Clinical and Translational Research Center. She served on the Federal Advisory Committee that prepared the evidence report for the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which were launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in October 2008.

 Dr. Kohrt has been continuously funded by NIH as a principal investigator for more than two decades and has more than 140 original and solicited research publications. She is currently the principal investigator for two NIH R01 research awards and a co-investigator for six other NIH awards. She has mentored or co-mentored 24 Ph.D.-trained and 14 M.D.-trained investigators, the majority of whom have established independent research careers. Dr. Kohrt has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.


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