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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pittsburgh-based Magee-Womens Research Institute is planning to offer a $1 million prize for innovative research into women’s health when it holds its inaugural summit next October at the city’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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The charity’s board chair, Carrie Coghill, says the idea is for the award to be seen as similar to a Nobel Prize for women’s health. The Richard King Mellon Foundation is funding the effort.

The group’s efforts are built around three goals. The 9-90 program focuses on identifying and curing illnesses originate while a person is in the womb, but which can last for 90 years, or a lifetime. The group also seeks research into gender specific biological and medical problems that affect women only, and for efforts to reduce or eliminate HIV/AIDS globally.

Michael Annichine, CEO of Magee-Womens Research Institute tells the “KDKA Morning News” their goal is to add funding and research in the area of women’s health.

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“We’re looking to add our infrastructure or our expertise to research that may be unfunded…We want to bring it to light and try to bring that research to market as quickly as possible,” said Annichine.

Annichine adds, “The key is we are looking for groundbreaking research that can move the needle and impact society quickly.”

The summit will be held Oct. 8-10, 2018.

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