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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Survivorship, Outcomes and Risk (SOAR) Program Seminar Series

Ross Prentice, Ph.D.
Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and
Professor, Biostatistics at the University of Washington
University of Washington


The Women’s Health Initiative was launched in 1992 following some years of developmental work. It enrolled 161,808 healthy postmenopausal women at 40 U.S. clinical centers. A randomized, controlled trial among 68,132 such women examined the health effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy, a low-fat eating pattern, and calcium and vitamin D supplementation, in a partial factorial design. The remaining 93,676 women enrolled in a prospective cohort study. The hormone therapy component led to a greatly reduced use of these preparations, nationally and internationally, especially combined estrogen plus progestin therapy. The diet/nutrition components gave less influential results, but stimulated additional research on the use of dietary exposure biomarkers to strengthen nutritional epidemiology research. These topics will be summarized, along with a brief description of on-going WHI research activities and some comments on the population science research agenda more generally.

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Location: Rockefeller Research Laboratories
430 East 67th Street
Room: RRL-116
New York, New York


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