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Division of Epidemiology NYU Women’s Health Study

NYU Women’s Health Study

In the NYU Women’s Health Study, an initiative of NYU Langone’s Division of Epidemiology, we research the causes of chronic diseases in women in order to identify potential prevention strategies. For more than 30 years, in one of the longest-running studies of its kind, we have investigated the role of hormones, diet, and other factors in the development of the most common cancers in women, especially breast cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease, osteoporotic fractures, and other conditions.

Between 1985 and 1991, we enrolled 14, 274 participants. At the time of enrollment, each woman donated a blood sample and completed a questionnaire about her health conditions, reproductive history, and diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits. Blood samples were stored in −80°C freezers for subsequent laboratory analyses. Every few years, we follow up and ask the women to update their information. We combine the data from the blood samples and enrollment questionnaires with disease outcomes reported later to explore differences between those who develop disease and those who remain disease-free over time. We publish our results and make our data and biospecimens available to other researchers through data sharing agreements.

In our current research, we are investigating the relationship between anti-Müllerian hormone and breast cancer risk, how neighborhood walkability affects women’s health, and the use of tumor tissue to refine our understanding of cancer risk factors.

The National Cancer Institute is the primary funder of the NYU Women’s Health Study. In addition, we have received funding for specific projects from the American Cancer Association, the American Heart Association, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Contact Us

For more information about the NYU Women’s Health Study, call us toll-free at 866-698-0261 or email nyuwhs@nyulangone.org. We are located in Manhattan at 180 Madison Avenue, on the third floor.

NYU Women’s Health Study Questionnaire

Participants can fill out the most recent questionnaire online.