WHI celebrates seventh anniversary
The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study at the Health Science Center celebrated its seventh anniversary March 21 on campus. More than 400 people came together to recognize the dedicated faculty, staff and participants who make the WHI successful. Attendees enjoyed a barbecue buffet dinner catered by Bolner's Market and danced to tunes performed by Elvis impersonator, Rick Cavender, of Cavender Auto Family.
Dr. Robert Schenken, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, the Frank Harrison Chair in Reproductive Endocrinology and principal investigator for the WHI study, praised the WHI staff members and all those who participated in the event.
"The dedication of our WHI faculty, staff and supporters is evident in the success of this event tonight," Dr. Schenken said. "The WHI is successful because of our exceptional staff. We also appreciate our study participants who are continuing with the study for its 12-year duration. Their commitment is outstanding."
The WHI is the largest research study ever on women and their health. More than 3,300 women from San Antonio and surrounding communities are enrolled. 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.
Although final results of the study will not be available until after its closeout in 2005, WHI already has contributed significantly to knowledge about women's health. Investigators are optimistic that the final results of WHI will provide an unprecedented fund of knowledge regarding serious women's health issues. They also are confident that the study will be extended.
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.