March 15, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 11


In Memoriam

Of Note


WHI to celebrate seventh anniversary



The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study at the Health Science Center will celebrate its seventh anniversary March 21.

The WHI is the largest research study ever on women and their health. Its goals are to determine how diet, hormone therapy, and calcium and vitamin D supplementation might prevent heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. The study also is designed to help identify risk factors for these diseases. About 160,000 women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds from 40 communities around the United States are taking 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 minority, including about 1,400 participants of Hispanic origin. The San Antonio site is one of the few sites within the WHI that has enrolled a significant number of Hispanic participants.

The principal investigator for the WHI study at the UTHSC is Dr. Robert 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 Brzyski, associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.