for OB/GYN research, it might also be appropriate for OB/GYN leaders to meet with representatives of that institute.

The creation of the Office of Research on Women's Health is a positive step, and the office can play an important role as a coordinator, advocate and honest broker. It will also play a role in creating a research agenda and in monitoring the responsiveness of NIH to women's health needs. However, the major strength of NIH is in its individual institutes and increased support for OB/GYN can only come from increased awareness and support from the individual institutes.


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