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Rabin Martin is guiding the work of a global commission of medical experts and patient advocates who are passionate about the rights of women living with a chronic disease to make informed decisions about their treatment during pregnancy and breastfeeding​​.


Women who are being treated for a chronic disease often do not have the information they need to make informed decisions about their treatment throughout their reproductive journey.​​ The lack of data on the impact of medicines on pregnancy and breastfeeding has been a persistent challenge, with serious negative effects on a woman’s right to information about her health.

UCB has a longstanding commitment to support women of childbearing age who have a severe chronic disease. The company wanted to make a significant contribution to closing the information gap for women.

Rabin Martin worked with UCB to establish a global, multidisciplinary commission to examine the challenge of limited data on pregnancy and chronic disease and make action-oriented recommendations. We helped define the commission’s charge and core principles and facilitate its deliberations to arrive at ambitious, yet practical solutions that respond to women’s needs and preferences.

A man and woman sitting at a table in a doctor's office discussing chronic disease.


BRIDGE (Better Research, Information and Data Generation for Empowerment) is taking a woman-centered approach and developing a call to action for a variety of stakeholders: health care providers, health systems, researchers, patient advocacy groups, and others. Co-chaired by UCB, a patient advocate and a regulatory expert, the commission’s members are leading chronic disease physicians, women’s health advocates and patients.​​

The commission plans to publish its report with recommendations in early 2024, with the goal of improving the lives of women with chronic conditions.

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