Congresswoman Schakowsky cites WHRI in testimony

On July 12, Janet Woodcock, MD, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research at the FDA appeared before the Subcommittee on Health of the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee.  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (pictured) questioned the Director about the inclusion of equal number of women in drug studies that are often male biased.   The  Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern provided background information for the Congresswoman on the topic which she acknowledged.

To view her remarks , forward to the 1 hour, 5 minute section of the U-Tube TAPE.

National Action Plan on Infertility Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.  The National Action Plan developed over the course of seven years and began with an ad hoc working group that included members of the Oncofertility Consortium that started at Northwestern.    A draft National Action Plan was released in May 2012. ASRM provided input at each step of process under which the National Action Plan was developed and will continue to be involved as the National Action Plan is implemented.

The goals of the National Action Plan are to:

• Promote healthy behaviors to maintain and preserve fertility;

• Promote prevention and early detection and treatment of medical conditions that can threaten fertility; and

• Reduce exposures to environmental, occupational, infectious and iatrogenic agents that can threaten fertility.

The National Action Plan is available at

The CDC will host a Public Health Grand Rounds on August 19, 2014 on infertility.
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