Distinguished Faculty Lecture Feb 2

The Faculty Council invites all to the sixteenth Distinguish Faculty Lecture, to be delivered by Professor of Nursing Ora Lea Strickland on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 4:00 in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center. Professor Strickland will speak on “The Women’s Health Initiative: Scientific and Sociopolitical Lessons Learned.” Prior to the implementation of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), there had been very few large prospective trials examining the benefits and risks of therapeutic interventions in diseases with significant morbidity and mortality that are common to women. This exclusion was premised on an assumption that results obtained in men could be extrapolated to women. Several social, political, and medical research issues contributed to the decision to conduct the WHI, which included 168,000 women from 40 sites around the United States. Although the WHI resulted in many important results related to women’s health, it also resulted in many lessons learned for its teams of investigators and for the care of women. This presentation will address those issues and lessons. A reception will follow the lecture.

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