Date: November 23, 1992

In the first major move toward translating into research the National Institutes of Health's "largest coordinated study of women's health ever undertaken," a coordinating center has been named. Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will be overseeing research efforts and analyzing the data from up to 45 clinical centers, the first 15 of which will be identified by NIH in March. Each center will employ about nine researchers.

During the course of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study-- being spearheaded by NIH director Bernadine Healy--about $600 million will be spent over the next 15 years to find ways to reduce the incidence of a variety of illnesses that afflict women.

Although 111 copies of the contract solicitation were requested, Hutchinson was the only institution that actually applied for the $140 million coordination and statistical analysis contract, which was awarded on September 30.

Ross Prentice, a noted...

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