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UW School of Nursing’s Healthy Aging Center names new co-director

Wednesday November 20, 2013
Nancy Fugate Woods, RN
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Nancy Fugate Woods, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor in the department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the University of Washington, has been named co-director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Washington School of Nursing, effective Nov. 1.

Woods joins existing center director Barbara Cochrane, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor in the department of Family and Child Nursing, in leading one of the country’s top gerontological
research units.

“Following Dr. de Tornyay’s recent death, we are pleased to honor her career and life with a new appointment and new resources for the de Tornyay Center,” said UW School of Nursing Dean Azita Emami, RN, PhD, MSN, RNT, FAAN. “The center’s research is becoming increasingly important as our society ages. The work it does is helping to create healthier aging options for people nationwide.”

Research and teaching

Woods joined the School of Nursing faculty in 1978 and has focused her research and teaching efforts on women’s health for more than 40 years.

She has been a principal or co-investigator on many major research projects locally and nationally, including the Seattle Midlife Women’s Health Study. She and Cochrane have been researchers for the MS-FLASH study of symptom management approaches for hot flashes and menopause-related symptoms, and the Women’s Health Initiative Study. The latter, begun in 1991, consisted of a set of clinical and observational trials involving more than 160,000 women that has contributed crucial data on osteoporosis, vitamin supplementation, heart disease, fractures, cancer and hormone replacement therapy.

Woods’ work focuses on healthy aging in older women. In addition to her research, she teaches courses at the School of Nursing on research methodology, women’s health issues, gerontology and health policy.

Awards and affiliations

She was honored for her mentorship of graduate students and faculty with the Anna Shannon Mentorship Award from the Western Institute of Nursing in 2013, and has served as president of the American Academy of Nursing, the North American Menopause Society and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She chairs the Biology of Aging and Gerontology Interest Group for the Institute of Medicine.

“I am pleased and proud to be named co-director of the de Tornyay Center,” said Woods. “We expect to attract scholars from around the world to move us forward in our understanding of how to enhance our physical and mental health as we age.”