Cooper Praises NIH's Rule as a Major Victory for Women's Health

Jun 19, 2015
Press Release
Calls on passage of Research for All to reinforce rule

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) today applauded the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) policy adjustment to include sex as a biological variable in future research.

Cooper’s Research for All Act calls for the inclusion and separate analysis of male and female animals, tissues and cells in research conducted and funded by the NIH. A section of Cooper’s bill, first introduced last year, calls for the same change made last week by NIH.

Cooper’s goal is to bring gender equality to essential aspects of medical research; animal studies typically focus on males. In a statement, he praised NIH’s fast action and urged Congress to do even more.

“This is a major victory for women and the future of health research,” Cooper said. “Now let’s finish the job and make Research for All a reality.”

NIH says using sex as a biological variable involves the processes of study design, data collection and analysis of results. The development is important in distinguishing differences in how new clinical products affect all people – not just men.

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