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Longtime WHI Biostatistician is Retiring

Patricia Hogan, Biostatistician (Former Unit Leader) at Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) and active member of the WHI Team, is retiring effective May 1, 2015.  Patricia has been a key player in the Women's Health Initiative at the Wake Forest School of Medicine since WHI's earliest beginnings.  She received her BA in Economics & Mathematics from Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT), an LPN from Lemuel Shattuck Hospital School of Practical Nursing (Boston, MA), and her MPH and MS in Disease Control and Biometry, respectively, from the University of Texas School of Public Health. This complementary and multidisciplinary background, coupled with her strong commitment to good science, her attention to detail and her advocacy for the health and well-being of women, combined, make her a highly valued and critical member of the WFSM WHI team, as well as a resource to investigators throughout WHI.  Patricia joined WFSM, in the unit that evolved into the Department of Biostatistical Sciences within the Division of Public Health Sciences, in 1986.  One of the first studies she worked on at WFSM was the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestins Intervention (PEPI) trial, which contributed to the scientific foundation for the hormone trials within the Women's Health Initiative. Patricia went on to become an active member of the WFSM's subcontract with the WHI Coordinating Center where she assisted clinical sites throughout the US in her participation on the Performance Monitoring Committee.  When the WHI Memory Study (WHIMS) was funded, she became a key player on this study and has remained active on both what is now the Southeastern Regional Center of the WHI, and the WHIMS suite of studies.  Patricia has published widely within the WHI and WHIMS studies, co-authoring influential papers on cognition, depression, brain structure, and measurement, to name just a few.  Her long term experience with WHI and knowledge of the study's history and data has made her an invaluable resource to faculty throughout WHI, and the staff at WFSM. She also, through her sense of generosity, caring, and fairness and her diligence and craft contributed to the special environment of the studies and academic units she has helped to flourish. We will miss her – and we wish her a wonderful future as she transitions into her next life phase where she will have the time to further explore her interests in the environment, yoga, travel, and many other areas.