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Contraception Researcher Dies

May 8, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Heinz Berendes, a prominent researcher at the National Institutes of Health who did groundbreaking work on the safety of contraception, died Thursday of prostate cancer at the NIH Clinical Center.

Berendes, who lived in Bethesda, Md., was 74.

A pediatrician and epidemiologist, Berendes joined NIH in 1961. Early in his career, he directed the Collaborative Perinatal Project, the largest effort of its kind in this country. He also conducted studies on perinatal health in the Middle East, the Far East and in the District of Columbia.

From 1972 to 1979, he ran the NIH’s contraceptive evaluation branch, studying the safety of various means of contraception.

More recently, Berendes worked on projects aimed at improving the care of women and newborns in developing nations.

He had been a senior investigator with NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development since 1989, served as an editor of the American Journal of Public Health and authored more than 120 technical works.

Berendes received his medical degree from the University of Goettingen in Germany, where he also did advanced work in psychiatry and pediatrics. He earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.

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