The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation granted the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center $100,000 for a pilot study to collect data to be used for more accurate assessment of the relationships between dietary factors and disease.
The study, known as the nutritional biomarkers study, will measure the consumption of macronutrients (total calories, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) on 100 postmenopausal women). These biological measures of consumption will be used to calibrate the self-reported dietary data provided by study participants in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). If the pilot is successful, a similar full-scale study will be initiated.
The WHI, launched in 1992, is the largest study ever to address women's health issues, including heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. The WHI involves more than 160,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79. The Hutchinson Center serves as the coordinating center of the research, which involves 40 research institutions in 23 states across the country. The Center is also one of the 40 participating clinical study sites.
In addition to basic, molecular, genetics and clinical research, the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division conducts research to focused on prevention, early detection and screening for cancer and related diseases.
The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation's primary goal is to support projects or programs that provide relief and care of aged women, heart disease and cancer.
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