Founded in 2004, the Executive Advisory Board of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center provides funding for research and education projects of the Center. Over the past six years, the Executive Advisory Board has provided $600,000 to help underwrite 24 UCLA research projects in women's health. These projects have:
Executive Advisory Board contributions augment other resources to allow investigations to look at differences between men and women, and to pursue promising results from previous work. These funds pay for the greatest needs of the researcher, including chemicals and other supplies for laboratory research; food and housing for mice and rats; and salary support for research assistants and statisticians. Results have been published and presented in leading scientific journals and at important scientific meeting. Findings have also been publicized internationally by Reuters, CBS, ABC, and other new outlets. An additional four projects will be awarded this year.
Executive Advisory Board funds also support outreach programs of the Center that provide health education to low-income women, as well as educational programs for medical students, practicing physicians, and other healthcare providers. The Executive Advisory Board supports joint health advocacy programs with the Los Angeles County Office of Women's Health on topics such as reproductive health, cardiovascular disease in women, human trafficking, and women's health and the environment.
The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center Executive Advisory Board is comprised of 25-30 members interested in making a significant impact in women's health. The board supports research, clinical, and educational programs, with each member committing to three years of service, meeting two-three times per year and committing to a $10,000 annual contribution.
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