Office of Research on Women's Health

The Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health

The Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH) provides leadership to ORWH by advising the ORWH Director on appropriate research activities on women’s health. ACRWH members are chosen from among physicians, practitioners, scientists, and other health professionals who are not federal employees. Committee members are actively involved in reviewing research priorities, the women’s health research portfolio for NIH, career development, and the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research.

The establishment of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health was statutorily mandated by Congress in the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 as a mechanism for eliciting advice and recommendations on priority issues affecting women's health research.

The 1993 Revitalization Act authorized the committee to:

  • advise the Director of ORWH on appropriate research activities with respect to research on women's health; research on gender differences in clinical drug trials, including responses to pharmacological drugs; research on gender differences in disease etiology, course, and treatment; research on obstetrical and gynecological health conditions, diseases, and treatments; and research on women's health conditions which require a multidisciplinary approach;
  • report to the Director, ORWH, on this research and provide recommendations regarding activities of the Office and research priorities; and
  • assist in monitoring compliance regarding the inclusion of women in clinical research.
  • Prepare a biennial report describing the activities of the Committee.

 NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (ACRWH)

Press Releases

Press Release: Three New Members Named to NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health

Three new members have been appointed to the ACRWH: Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D., who is the Robert B. Jaffe, M.D., Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco; Nancy H. Nielsen, M.D., Ph.D., who is the Senior Associate Dean, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and also the President of the American Medical Association (AMA); and Debra Toney, Ph.D., R.N., who is the President of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the Administrator, Rainbow Medical Centers, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please see membership roster for new and continuing ACRWH members.

Membership Roster

NIH Newsworthy Notes on Women's Health (September, 2007)
      Newsworthy Notes Archives

Press Release: Five New Members Named to NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health (March 2007)

ACRWH Meeting Photos

March 17, 2008 meeting of the ACRWH

October 23, 2007 meeting of the ACRWH

October 23, 2007 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health, front row seated left to right:

Dr. Eugene P. Orringer, Dr. Susan P. Sloan, Dr. Vivian W. Pinn (Chairperson), Dr. Phyllis M. Wise, Dr. Scott J. Hultgren, Ms. Joyce Rudick (Executive Secretary).

Second row standing, left to right:  Dr. Ronald S. Gibbs, Dr. Barbara Yee, Ms. Nancy Norton, Dr. Linda M. Kaste, Dr. PonJola Coney, Dr. Joanna M. Cain, Dr. Luther T. Clark, Dr. MaryBeth O’Connell, Dr. Sally Rosen (Not Shown:  Drs. Andrea Dunaif, Margaret H. Heitkemper, Mary I. O’Connor, Carmen D. Zorilla and Ms. Constance A. Howes).

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) serves as a focal point for women's health research at the NIH. For more information about NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health, visit  and for additional information on the ACRWH, go to

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