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Congressman Higgins Announces $6.2 Million Grant for the University At Buffalo’s Women’s Health Initiative

Nov 5, 2015
Press Release
Federal Funding Extends UB’s Role As One of 10 Regional Research Centers Nationwide

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) has been awarded $6.2 million in federal funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) toward continuation of the Women’s Health Initiative at UB. 

“For over two decades the Women’s Health Initiative has provided insight into some of the most challenging health issues for women and informed health decisions and new treatments that extend and improve lives,” said Higgins, founder and co-chair of the Congressional NIH Caucus.  “This significant investment demonstrates the confidence the NIH has in UB research and will support their work in this area for another 5 years.”

The federal grant, supported through the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, continues UB’s role as one of a select few designated Regional Centers included in the Women’s Health Initiative.  The project is one of the largest clinical trials focused on examining and preventing heart disease, cancer and osteoporotic fractures in women over 50 years of age.   

“As a society, we are aging.  What we learn from these women will help the next generation of women and society in understanding these issues,” says Jean Wactawski-Wende, UB’s lead WHI investigator and dean of the university’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. “The research that comes from a study of this breadth – the large number of participants and the length of follow up – is remarkable,” she adds. 

UB was named one of 13 original sites nationwide selected to operate as a clinical center when the Women’s Health Initiative was first initiated in the early 1990’s.  The University received $13 million through the program for participation and research spanning from 1993-2010.  UB was again chosen for the Women’s Health Initiative extension study, receiving an additional $8 million and becoming one of just 10 regional centers authorized for participation in a consolidated program through 2015.   This latest award will renew UB’s role in the national Women’s Health Initiative and bring the total federal commitment to $27 million, which has leveraged millions more in outside funding

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