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KNOXVILLE — Vivian Pinn, M.D., the first full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will speak at UT on March 25 about issues concerning women’s health research.

Titled “Women’s Health Research and Health Disparities,” Pinn’s address will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Shiloh Room at the University Center. Preceding her talk, an informal reception will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in Room 220 of the UC. The reception and event are free and open to the public.

Pinn is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she has long been active in efforts to improve the health of and career opportunities for women and minorities. She came to NIH from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she had been Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology since 1982. She has previously held appointments at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School.

She led a national effort to reexamine priorities for the women’s health research agenda for the 21st century, involving more than 1,500 advocates, scientists, policy makers, educators and health-care providers. More recently, she has focused her attention on raising the scientific community’s awareness of the importance of sex and gender factors in basic science, clinical research and health care.

Pinn’s visit is cosponsored by the Women’s Studies program, the Africana Studies program, the UT Commission for Women, UT Libraries, UT Ready for the World, the UT Office of Research, the Psychology Department and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education Health and Human Services, Law, Nursing and Social Work.


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