A Colorado Center Works To Close The Gender Gap In Medical Research

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Center for Women's Health Research junior faculty researcher Kathleen Gavin, PhD.

Did you know that every cell in your body has a sex? That means men and women experience disease and illness differently, according to the Institute of Medicine. But women have historically been excluded or underrepresented in clinical studies.

In 1993, a bipartisan group of United States lawmakers passed the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act, a law that mandated women and minorities be included in NIH-funded clinical studies.

But progress has been slow, according to Judith Regensteiner. She is the director and co-founder of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Next week, the center hosts the National Conference on Women's Health Research at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Regensteiner spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel.

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