October 21, 2020
The School of Public Health (SPH) recently marked its 50th year at the the University of Washington, and in celebration has named “50 Changemakers of Public Health,” a distinction bestowed upon 50 SPH alumni whose work has left an indelible mark on the field. The SPH notes that these alumni represent “leaders, trailblazers, educators, innovators, influencers, and health equity heroes that represent just a slice of the School’s community of more than 10,000 alumni worldwide who are addressing some of the most pressing population health issues of our time.”
Among the alumni named was Dr. Garnet Anderson, principal investigator of the WHI Clinical Coordinating Center and Senior Vice President and Division Director of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Anderson graduated from the SPH in 1989 with a Ph.D. in biostatistics, and has served in the leadership of the landmark WHI study since 1994. In naming Dr. Anderson, the SPH specifically cites her co-leadership of the initiative’s trial of estrogen and progestin therapy, along with the development of WHI’s vast epidemiological data resources and biorepository, which continue to aid researchers in conducting studies into chronic disease risk factors and prevention.
The WHI program is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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