Society for Women’s Health Research to Honor FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health Marsha B. Henderson at Gala Dinner

SWHR Dr. Estelle Ramey Award Recognizes Leadership and Advocacy in Women’s Health

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Released: 24-Feb-2014 2:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)

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Newswise — The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) announces that the first-ever SWHR Dr. Estelle Ramey Award for Women’s Health Leadership will be presented to Marsha B. Henderson, assistant commissioner for women’s health with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Henderson will be honored during the Annual SWHR Gala Dinner on Wednesday, April 2, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more details, visit

The award is named for Dr. Estelle Ramey, a prominent public figure and widely respected scientist who was an endocrinologist and professor of physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University. She was one of the first researchers to call for investigation into the biological differences between men and women and how those differences affect health and disease. This award will honor others like Dr. Ramey who have a history of leadership and advocacy in women’s health.

Marsha Henderson leads women’s health research and outreach activities across the FDA where she oversees the Office of Women’s Health. She is responsible for directing and coordinating FDA policy, research and public communications to protect and advance the health of women.

Additionally, she has been a leading advocate for the participation of women in clinical trials and for sex, gender and subpopulation analyses. Henderson developed the award-winning “Take Time to Care” initiative, building a network of national organizations to work collaboratively to share FDA information with consumers, scientists and health professionals.

Henderson has served the U.S. government for more than 25 years, with 14 of them at the FDA. Prior to joining the FDA, she held several positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) including director of placement for the National Health Service Corps and chief of analysis and information for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. She also served as senior advisor to the director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor and director of monitoring and evaluation for the Interagency Council on the Homeless at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The Society for Women’s Health Research is proud to recognize Marsha Henderson for her lifetime of leadership in support of women’s health. She has been an outspoken advocate for the need for greater understanding of sex and gender differences,” said Phyllis Greenberger, SWHR president and CEO. “I am personally delighted to honor Marsha with this award. She continues to be a strong voice for women within our nation’s health agencies. Due to her efforts, sex differences are increasingly getting the attention they deserve.”

SWHR is the national thought leader in the study of the onset, prevalence and severity of diseases and conditions that affect women predominantly or differently from men. Media are invited to attend the SWHR Gala. To request a seat, email your name and news organization to


The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), the national thought leader in the study of sex differences in disease, is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy and education. SWHR advocates for increased public and private funding for women’s health; greater inclusion of women and minorities in medical studies; and analysis of the biological differences between men and women in disease and health issues. For more information, visit


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