Régine Sitruk-Ware is a distinguished scientist at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) and a reproductive endocrinologist. She supervises preclinical research and basic research in reproductive biology and oversees the clinical development of new product candidates. Sitruk-Ware is involved in pioneering new technologies for men and women with a particular focus on meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of men and women in the developing world.
Sitruk-Ware has worked for the Council since 1983. In that year she became the first female member of the International Committee for Contraception Research (ICCR)—an alliance of distinguished scientists and clinical investigators who conduct clinical trials to test the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of Council-developed products. The ICCR collaborates with Council staff members, as well as researchers at the World Health Organization, Family Health International, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Research Councils of the various countries in which ICCR members reside. Sitruk-Ware officially began working for the Council in 2000, and became the chairperson of the ICCR in 2007. Before her role of distinguished scientist, Sitruk-Ware served as executive director of research and development for the Council’s Reproductive Health program.
Sitruk-Ware seeks to discover whether new methods can not only meet the basic contraceptive needs of men and women, but also contribute additional benefits. She believes that confirming additional benefits may translate to improved use of contraceptives and more productive engagement in family planning among both men and women.
Before joining the Council, Sitruk-Ware taught and conducted clinical research in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Paris. She was also Vice Director of Ciba Geigy, and Director of Research and Development at Theramex (Monaco) and Exelgyn (Paris). She is a founding member of the International Menopause Society and was its General Secretary from 2008 to 2011. She is also a member of the Expert Group on Hormonal Contraception for the European Society for Contraception, and is the program director and principal investigator of the Contraception Research Center at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She has served as adviser to committees of the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health/NICHD, and the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences. Sitruk-Ware has written eight books and over 300 articles, addressing men and women’s health care issues.
Sitruk-Ware received her medical doctorate at the University of Paris in France and is currently an adjunct professor at Rockefeller University.