The Constance A. Howes Women’s Health Innovation Research Fund provides grants for research projects that have the potential for significant impact in the field of women’s health.
Established in 2013 to honor former Women & Infants President Connie Howes for her many years of service, the Fund is driven by gifts from hundreds of individual and foundation donors.
To date, four investigators have been selected to receive funding for innovative projects studying preeclampsia, a sometimes-deadly disease of pregnancy; health risks of advanced maternal age; and causes of preterm birth.
Along with exceptional care for women and newborns, research has been a hallmark of Women & Infants since 1884. Medical breakthroughs at Women & Infants have raised the standard of health care for women and newborns around the globe.
Examples of the impact that Women & Infants has had on healthcare worldwide include:
The development of a targeted diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer that improves the treatment and survival rates from this deadly disease;
The creation of an artificial human ovary that Time magazine named one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2010; and the development of prenatal testing techniques that have become the standard of care worldwide.
Infant hearing screening, developed at Women & Infants and designed to identify hearing loss shortly after birth, has now been implemented by all 50 states.
Seed funding is often the springboard needed to develop promising ideas. The need to explore new ideas is more important than ever as technologies change at lightning speed and new diseases emerge that threaten our health and security.
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