Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center epidemiologist Dr. Holly Harris was just awarded two grants to study endometriosis, an often painful disorder in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. The condition impacts about 10 percent of U.S. women of childbearing age.
The first grant, issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, spans four years and totals $1.4 million. It will allow Harris to conduct a 12-week dietary intervention among women with endometriosis in hopes of decreasing their pain and improving their quality of life.
“Over 80 percent of women with endometriosis report chronic pelvic pain, and symptoms are often not sufficiently abated with hormonal suppression or surgery,” Harris said. “The identification of other evidenced-based, modifiable factors that improve pain and quality of life are critical to improving the lives of women with endometriosis.”