Why Women's Health Research?

It's all about celebrating the women and men who ensure women’s equality in scientific research, health and education.

Much of the knowledge about diseases, treatment, and drug development are based on research results of male subjects, ignoring the possibility of gender differences and inferring that what works for men will work for women as well. Applying results of clinical studies that include only men affects women adversely.  Even though there has been a significant growth in health research regarding key differences between men and women, women are still underrepresented in many research areas.

The Howell Foundation's key initiatives are focused on guaranteeing an emphasis on all areas of research that may affect women’s health, promoting the need for further women’s health research, avoiding research bias by addressing the backlog of research efforts that include women, and ensuring that all the progress in research is integrated in educational publications and information sources available to our community.

It has only been a little over 25 years since the National Institutes of Health R…

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research to Support Komen’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference this Month

Scientists to present emerging research in Metastatic Breast Cancer Howell Foundation to be a part of the panel of judges for research proposals at the event  
The Doris A. Howell Foundation will be participating in the Komen Foundation’s conference ‘Concept to Cure: The Process from Research to Market and Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer’. The event will focus on the latest advances in metastatic breast cancer treatments, clinical trials, patient support and national issues for metastatic/stage IV breast cancer (MBC). The conference will host approximately 150 participants – including patients, families, supporters and the medical community, according to the organization’s information.

As a part of the program, one of the break-out sessions will include ‘research pitches’ to a panel of judges from scientists regarding their latest work in metastatic breast cancer for a chance to win a $1,000 award provided by the Howell Foundation.  Dr. Carole Banka, Ph.D., who has published rese…

The Hello’s of the Howell Foundation: Meet Carol Tuggey

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research warmly welcomes Carol Tuggey as its new Board Vice-Chair.  She brings many years of experience in the area of non-profit board management, and was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Doris A. Howell Foundation through Soroptimist International of La Jolla back in 1995.

Kathleen Franklin, who will be stepping down as Co-Chair, will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in support of the initiatives of the Foundation.  “I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the opportunity I had serve as Co-Chair for the Foundation.  During my transition year, I will be working closely with the Executive Committee to ensure that we highlight the importance of women’s health research and promoting our guiding principle of “keeping the women we love healthy”, comments Kathleen “I am looking forward to working towards a successful succession plan for our organization and especially working with Carol during 2019”

Kathleen Fra…

Top facts to know about diabetes: symptoms, risks, prevention & (thank goodness) new technologies for diabetes management.

The Doris A. Howell Foundation will be kicking off its lecture series on February 8th with the presentation "Women and Diabetes: Use of digital technologies in diabetes care" with key note speaker Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD. Please visit to register for the event.

With a significant number of diagnosed and under/undiagnosed diabetic and pre-diabetic Americans (close to 10% of the population), creating awareness of the symptoms, risk factors and management strategies becomes increasingly necessary.

The result of the body’s inability to produce or respond to insulin creates abnormal metabolic function, resulting in too much sugar in the blood. The classifications of diabetes are:

Type 1 diabetes: A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.Type 2 diabetes: A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose).Pre-diabetes: A condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be type 2 …

Happy Holidays and a Wonderful 2019!

What a year 2018 has been, and 2019 is just around the corner! The Board of Directors at the Howell Foundation is working on lining up great speakers, is reviewing amazing research topics from our scholars and continues to see the results of our CEI seed resarch grants! 

We couldn't have done it without you!  Your continuous support was fundamental in making a difference in women's health research:
16 undergraduate research scholarshipsTwo graduate nursing research scholarshipsFour educational luncheonsOur evening “Health and Happiness” eventOur pilot grant for assisting with the reproductive health of the East African women refugees in San Diego county and Our newest initiative, assisting with enrollment of women research subjects in clinical trials (the first being the WISDOM Trial addressing diagnosis in breast cancer) With your support, you have advanced research regionally at UCSD School of Medicine, USD Hahn School of nursing, SDSU, CSUSM and throughout the CSU system. T…

Howell Foundation addresses the influence of culture in family planning and reproductive health.

In our continued efforts to better the health of women, in 2012, the Howell Foundation made a commitment to fund research partnerships between academic and community-based organizations. The goal of our Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) is to support these partnerships; working collaboratively to develop and evaluate programs designed to improve women’s health. Our priority is to ensure the development of evidenced-informed projects that address relevant issues affecting women’s health within the greater San Diego community, with an emphasis on underserved women.

The 2018 Community Engagement Initiative recipient is Dr. Sheila Mody, MD MPH.  She is Director, Fellowship in Family Planning; Director, Division of Family Planning at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences of University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Her project will focus on anayzing how culture influences family planning health, as well as how providers can address their needs in a resp…

"Unable are the loved to die, for love IS immortality" ~ Emily Dickinson

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of a remarkable woman who inspired us all.  She truly believed that the way to fight bias against female in research was through education.  In doing so, she touched the life of many.   
Devoted to improving the lives of others, her pervasive humanitarian outreach to those in need and to education is legendary.  
Known as the "Mother of Hospice" in our community, Doris A. Howell, M.D. was a graduate of McGill University.  A Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, and an internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care, she was a faculty member at Harvard and Duke Schools of Medicine, Chair of the Dept. of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and on the faculty of UCSD Medical School where she chaired the Dept. of Community and Family Medicine. Serving on the San Diego Hospice Board of Directors since its inception, she was a driving force for San Diego Hospice, now a model of care that is recognized t…