The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has announced a $10 million gift from Len and Emily Blavatnik in support of research focused on women's health.
Made through the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the gift will establish the Blavatnik Family Women's Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai. The institute's first areas of focus will be ovarian and endometrial cancers, postpartum depression, pregnancy-related deaths, and severe maternal complications — health conditions affecting one out of every three to four women in the United States.
"This is a critical time for women's health research," said Elizabeth Howell, founding director of the institute and professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School. "While a number of clinical centers exist for women's health, few centers are aimed at advancing science in women's health. We will aim to find solutions to common women's health problems, close gaps in quality of care that exist for underserved populations, and improve the health and well-being of women in New York City and beyond."
"Len and I are proud to support this new and innovative initiative," said Emily Blavatnik. "We look forward to following the ever-increasing synergy between the new research institute and the expanded medical center, bringing scientific discoveries in women's health directly to patients who will benefit most."
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