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Transformational $100M Investment in Women’s Health Research

February 22, 2024
by Sara Luciano

First lady Dr. Jill Biden has announced a $100 million investment in women’s health research in the next year as the first deliverable of the newly established White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research. This funding comes from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H, within the Department of Health and Human Services.

“In just 100 days from the start of the Initiative, it is tremendously meaningful to be able to announce this investment in women’s health research,” said Carolyn Mazure, PhD, who chairs the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research. “This kind of commitment, spurred by the First Lady and the Presidential Memorandum, will generate research to improve women’s lives.” Mazure is the director of Women’s Health Research at Yale and Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women's Health Research, and professor of psychiatry and of psychology.

The announcement officially launched the ARPA-H’s “Sprint for Women’s Health.” Researchers and innovators can learn more about the Sprint and how to participate on March 6 at a virtual information session at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. For more information and to register, click here.

“Somewhere … may be the idea that will cure cancer, cure heart disease, cure Alzheimer’s. Heart health, brain health, chronic diseases – you might just have the answers if we only dissolve the barriers standing in your way,” said Dr. Biden.

The White House Initiative for Women’s Health Research was created to galvanize the Federal government and the private and philanthropic sectors in stimulating innovation, and unleashing transformative investment that closes research the gaps on women’s health.

“Together, through our White House Initiative on Women’s Health, we will write new stories about women’s health care. We will accelerate your ideas and change women’s lives. We will build a health care system that puts women and their lived experiences at its center,” Dr. Biden concluded.

Submitted by Sara Luciano on February 22, 2024