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Jean Wactawski-Wende, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
Professor and Associate Chair, 
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine

Specialty/Research Focus

Women's health issues including the areas of osteoporosis, cancer, hormones and menopause.

Jean Wactawski-Wende, Ph.D, is an epidemiologist who has been an active researcher at UB for more than 25 years, investigating factors affecting women's health. She is principal investigator of UB's Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Center, and current lead of the Northeast Regional center of WHI. WHI included both a series of clinical trials and an observational study investigating the major factors influencing morbidity and mortality in older women. Results of that work have been far reaching, impacting understanding of long-term health in women. She has served in leadership roles in WHI including publications chair and the WHI executive committee. She is currently a member of the Steering committee. In addition to the WHI, she has been PI on dozens of other research studies including research on cancer, osteoporosis, and periodontal disease in postmenopausal women. She has led several large scale clinical prevention trials in women.

Appointed in Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives in 2009, Dr. Wactawski-Wende coordinates and oversees the University at Buffalo Strategic Strengths, a platform for interdisciplinary and collaborative research at UB. Eight in total, the Strategic Strengths encompass the breadth and depth of research at UB, areas where existing faculty strengths, together with investment in world-class new hires and resources have given the university a preeminent leadership role among its peers.