National Center for Health Research

National Center for Health Research
Founded 1999
Founder Diana Zuckerman
Type Think tank
Focus Conducts and scrutinizes research to improve the health and safety of adults and children
Product Health and medical information and assistance
Key people
Diana Zuckerman, President

The National Center for Health Research (formerly the National Research Center for Women & Families) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization founded in 1999. It uses objective, research-based information to encourage new, more effective programs and policies that promote the health and safety of women, children, and families. The President of the National Center is Diana Zuckerman. The primary program is The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, which has an online health hotline and provides free, research-based information and services to patients and their families.

Research reports

In February 2011, Center staff published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Internal Medicine, which evaluated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recalls of devices that the agency considered potentially deadly or otherwise very high risk.[1] Using FDA data, the authors determined that most of the devices that were high-risk recalls had never been studied in clinical trials prior to FDA approval, and that the FDA needed to use more stringent criteria for implanted medical devices and those used to diagnose serious illnesses, and an editorial in the same issue agreed.[2] The study resulted in a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives four days later and major U.S. newspapers and network news programs, where device industry representatives argued that clinical trials were not needed and the cost of doing the studies would interfere with job growth and innovation.[3]

In April 2011, Center president Diana Zuckerman testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging about the study findings.[4]

As of 2014, the institution changed its name from the National Research Center for Women & Families to the National Center for Health Research.[5]


Zuckerman D, Doamekpor LA. (June 2015). “More data are needed for Essure hysteroscopic sterilization device”. Contraception.2015; 91(6):520. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2015.02.027. PMID 25779602.

Gonsalves G, Zuckerman D. (March 2015). “Commentary: Will 20th century patient safeguards be reversed in the 21st century?”. BMJ 2015; 350 doi: 10.1136/bmj.h1500. PMID 25814537.

Zuckerman D, Brown P, Das A. (November 2014). “Lack of Publicly Available Scientific Evidence on the Safety and Effectiveness of Implanted Medical Devices”. JAMA Intern Med.2014; 174(11):1781-1787. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.4193. PMID 25265047.


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