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Society for Women’s Health Research IMAGINES IT -- SWHR’s Annual Gala Imagines the Future: Information Technology (IT) Transforms Women’s Healthcare

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 28, 2013

Tonight, the Society for Women’s Health Research will host IMAGINE IT, their Annual Gala dinner, for the first time highlighting advances in information technology that empower women to take control of their healthcare, and technology innovations from smart phone applications, to electronic health records, and imaging advancements, that will improve patient care and women’s health outcomes.

Using technology to empower women to take control of their healthcare is the theme of the evening. Rose Stuckey Kirk, President Verizon Foundation, said “Verizon is committed to delivering innovative technology solutions to transform lives. We need collaboration to bring research out of the lab and into the translational space where woman as patients can connect with the education, tools and programs that will allow them to make lasting behavioral changes.”

Said Phyllis Greenberger, SWHR’s President and CEO, “For more than twenty years, SWHR has driven women’s health and research on biological differences to the forefront of medical research and policy and has transformed women’s health through science, advocacy, education, and now technology.”

“Tonight, I salute my long-time friend and colleague, and SWHR’s first president, Florence P. Haseltine, PhD, MD who has just won the prestigious 2013 Alma Dea Morani Renaissance Woman Award for the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine. Dr. Haseltine is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, reproductive endocrinologist, biophysicist, journal editor, novelist, inventor, and advocate for women's health. She has truly helped to “further the practice and transform the understanding of medicine in our lifetime.”

During the evening’s program, the 8th SWHR-Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health will be awarded to Mia Markey Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Sandra Cohen Kalter, Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Counsel, Medtronic Foundation will present the award of $75,000 to Dr. Markey. This award is presented to a female scientist in her early to mid-career, who has devoted a significant part of her work to sex differences research and has served as a role model and mentor for both colleagues and students.


Additionally, Meryl Comer, President and CEO of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative and Dr. Maria Freire, President of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, in association with SWHR, will announce the launch of the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge, which asks researchers to identify sex and gender differences in early cognitive decline. The Challenge is launched in support of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, a new nationwide network of prominent women leaders to advance Alzheimer’s research and public policy.

SWHR’s work has demonstrated that men and women’s brains are structurally and functionally different,” said Greenberger. “Studying these differences will transform our understanding of neurological disorders and will accelerate better preventative treatments, and hopefully, a cure.”

“Women are two-times at risk for Alzheimer’s because we outlive men, but we know little about other possible male/female differences. It’s time to find out why,” stated Comer. “By inviting researchers to ‘mine the data’ and tap into the investment by NIH and others in building the ADNI database, we also celebrate the critical role played by patients who have stepped up to be part of scientific studies by contributing their data to advance research,” added Dr. Maria Freire.

Over 500 technology innovators, philanthropists, government officials, healthcare executives, clinicians and members of the media will gather at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, DC to focus on the future of women’s health where technology facilitates patient interaction, and philanthropy and industry partner to accelerate technology breakthroughs.



SWHR is a national non-profit organization, is the thought leader in research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. For more information, visit


The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) was launched in November 2007 as a major charitable beneficiary of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation .GBFAI creates and supports educational campaigns to build public awareness and expose the impact of the Alzheimer’s epidemic on the nation's healthcare systems. Contributions in excess of $4.7 million have been made to support groundbreaking awareness programs and next generation research in early diagnostics.


Established by the United States Congress to support the mission of the NIH—improving health through scientific discovery in the search for cures—the Foundation for NIH is a leader in identifying and addressing complex scientific and health issues. FNIH coordinates the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, a partnership co-funded by the NIH National Institute on Aging and the private sector. Now in its third phase, ADNI studies changes in the brains of people with normal function, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.


Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology -- alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. For more information, visit

The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, health care and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit

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