AMWA has signed on to support the Cooper, Lummis Reintroduce Research for All Act sponsored by US Congressman Jim Cooper. This act would require the inclusion and separate analysis of male and female animals, tissues and cells in research conducted and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While NIH has taken positive steps in this direction, current law does not require researchers to study female animals when conducting basic medical research. In addition to requiring NIH to study female subjects and analyze sex differences in basic research, Cooper’s bill directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to guarantee that clinical drug trials for expedited drug products are sufficient to determine safety and effectiveness for both men and women. Contact your state congressperson and ask them to support this piece of legislation. You can locate your congressperson here. For more information click here.