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Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH, President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMW) announces four AMWA Presidential Awards to be presented during  the 109th AMWA Annual Meeting, held virtually from March 22 to 24, 2024. 

This year’s awardees have been chosen for this recognition for the critical role they have played in raising  awareness of women’s health research all the way to the White House. In doing so, they made a compelling case to address the lack of investment in women’s health research and development by sharing insights and data, and by bringing together the global ecosystem of healthcare practitioners, researchers, public health experts, NGOs, consultants, industry, business leaders, investors, government agencies and policy makers, patient advocates and others, all toward a single goal of improving the lives of women and their families around the world.

“AMWA is pleased to present the 2024 Presidential Award to: WHAM-Women’s Health Access Matters, for addressing the gap and accelerating much needed funding in women’s health research to transform women’s lives and positively impact the economy.,” says Dr. Garner.

“In recognition of the Herculean year-long effort culminating in The Innovation Equity Forum, I am honored to present the 2024 Presidential Award to Jamie White and Maike Scharp,” says Dr. Garner. “This ground-breaking project, sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, brought together a global cross-sector network of diverse stakeholders to form partnerships and formulate innovative ideas to advance the health of women.”

“I am delighted to present the Presidential Award to Lucy Pérez, PhD,, senior partner at McKinsey & Company,” says Dr. Garner, “in recognition of her leadership and insight in quantifying what those of us in women’s health have known for decades, that research in women’s health has been woefully underfunded, causing a void in innovation across diagnostics and therapeutics for many serious diseases, including endometriosis, pre-eclampsia, and others, as well as sex differences in conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.”

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