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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2012) — The 2012 Excellence in Women’s Health Research Journalism Award was presented to Susan Jeffrey at the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) Corporate Advisory Council meeting on November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The award is granted to a stand-out journalist who provides accurate, relevant and understandable reporting on current research in women’s health.

Jeffrey and Parrish with Journalism AwardJeffrey received the award for her paper, “Higher Initial Risk with Stenting for Women in CREST.” The paper details the findings of the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial (CREST) that studied the risks associated with stenting.

CREST researchers examined whether stenting would be safer for women because it is less invasive, and determined that actually the periprocedural risk was higher for women with stenting than endarterectomy. Ultimately the results did not offer a strict conclusion for which procedure benefited women more but the study did prove the importance of research into sex and gender differences.

Jeffrey has been writing for physician audiences for nearly 20 years. During her career she helped launch the websites: theheart.org and thekidney.org websites, both of which have since been acquired by WebMD. She is currently the Neurology News Editor for Medscape Medical News and lives in Ontario, Canada.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women so it is important to see articles, like this one by Jeffrey, making the research accessible to health professionals and specialists who face these decisions,” said Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, president and CEO of SWHR. “We are pleased to present Ms. Jeffrey with this award for highlighting the importance of women in clinical trials and their unique health needs.”


For more information on the Society for Women’s Health Research please contact Teddy Weiss at 202-496-5067 or eleanor@swhr.org.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research, particularly how sex differences impact health. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research. Visit SWHR’s website at www.swhr.org for more information.


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