Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, is an epidemiologist who focuses her research on understanding factors that influence women's health. With more than 25 years of research experience, she is currently the principal investigator of UB's Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Center and also leads the WHI Northeast Regional Center, comprising 9 other institutions. She has served in various leadership roles in WHI, on the WHI Executive Committee, as former Publications Chair, and as the current Chair of the WHI Steering Committee.
In addition to the WHI, she has been principal investigator on dozens of research studies funded by the NIH and other federal agencies. Her interests include research on risk factors and prevention of cancer, osteoporosis and periodontal disease in postmenopausal women. She has also conducted several studies on reproductive health issues in younger women. As part of this work, she has led several large-scale prevention clinical trials in women. Dr. Wactawski-Wende was named Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professionals at the University at Buffalo on March 17.