March 9, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 10



Of Note


Women's Health Initiative celebrates anniversary

The Health Science Center's Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study will celebrate its sixth anniversary with a reception for participants on Thursday, March 22, in the Health Science Center auditorium. At 7:30 p.m. the Rick Cavender Band will perform live music while Rick Cavender entertains with his famous Elvis impersonation. UTHSC employees are welcome to attend the performance.

The reception is to acknowledge the commitment that participants have made to promote the health and well-being of their daughters and granddaughters.

The WHI is the largest research study of women and their health in the United States. Its goals are to determine how diet, hormone therapy, and calcium and vitamin D supplementation might prevent heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis in women. The study also is designed to help identify risk factors for these diseases. This is the first longitudinal study of women's health of this magnitude and duration. About 160,000 women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds from 40 communities around the United States currently take part in the study.

More than 3,300 women from San Antonio and surrounding communities are enrolled in the 12-year study. About 45 percent of the participants are from minority groups, including about 1,400 participants of Hispanic origin. The San Antonio site is one of the few sites within the WHI to have enrolled a significant number of Hispanic participants.

The principal investigator for the WHI study at UTHSC is Dr. Robert S. Schenken, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the Frank Harrison Chair in Reproductive Endocrinology. The co-principal investigator and medical director for the site is Dr. Robert G. Brzyski, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

For more information, call ext. 7-1852.