Overview

Cardiovascular (CV) epidemiology is an interdisciplinary field of work. Trainees in CV Epidemiology are encouraged to assume lead roles in a research project as early as possible, with support from their mentors. The program provides a considerable number and diversity of research opportunities to trainees. Some are studies that have completed data collection and are at the stage of statistical analysis and publication; others maintain ongoing data collection activities in the field (as well as analyses and publications), and still others are in development phases. All are available and open to trainees through the contact persons listed. Trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts to national meetings to present their own work, be exposed to work in progress by other scientists in the field, and to make professional contacts.

Program Courses

Related Courses

  •  EPID 733: Clinical Trials in Epidemiology (Shrikant Bangdiwala)
  • EPID 742: Integrating Biomarkers in Population-Based Research (Stephanie Engel)
  • EPID 743: Genetic Epidemiology (Kari North)
  • EPID 810: Physical Activity Epidemiology (Dianne Ward/Derek Hales)
  • EPID 992: Master’s Paper (Faculty)
  • EPID 994: Doctoral Dissertation (Faculty)

Core Faculty – Research Projects

Dr. Christy Avery: Enumerating Community Burden of Heart Failure; Genetics of Electrocardiographic Traits; Prospective Meta-Analyses of Drug-Gene Interactions.

Dr. Kelly Evenson: MESA Ancillary Study of Neighborhood Environment and CVD; NHANES physical activity and CVD mortality; Physical Activity Policy Research Network; PIN3 Study; Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) – physical activity.

Dr. Nora Franceschini: Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in postmenopausal women; Gene X Arsenic interaction for type 2 diabetes; Gene X Lifestyle interactions for blood pressure and lipids traits; Genetics of reproductive traits; Genetics of kidney and blood pressure traits; Genomewide Association studies (ARIC, WHI, HCSH/SOL); Strong Heart Study.

Dr. Misa Graf: Genetics of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk traits with an overarching goal of integrating our understanding of both genetic and environmental risk factors for disease, particularly among minority populations.

Dr. Gerardo Heiss: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC); ARIC Neurocognitive Study; Heart Rate Variability; Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos; Life Course SES; Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) – main study.

Dr. Laura Loehr: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC); Atrial Fibrillation Study; Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos.

Dr. Anna Kucharska-Newton: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC); Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Center (CORC); Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) – outcomes.

Dr. Kari North: CALiCo (gene x environment studies); Genetic Architecture of Adiposity in Multiple Cohorts; Leveraging Ancestry to Map Obesity Genes in Hispanics; Genetic and Metabolic Disease in Obesity; Genetics of Coronary and Aortic Calcification; Genomewide Association studies (ARIC, WHI, HCSH/SOL); Family Heart Study (FHS); HyperGEN (Genetic Determinants of High Blood Pressure); National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health); Strong Heart Study.

Dr. Wayne Rosamond: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC); Cardiovascular Research Network Surveillance; Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) study; Emergency Medicine and Stroke Registry Linkage; Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos; Longitudinal Investigation of Venous Thromboembolism (LITE); North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative; North Carolina Rapid Response to Stroke Project; Obesity and Gastric Bypass Study; Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) – heart failure.

Dr. Eric Whitsel: Ambient Air Pollution and Incident Stroke; Environmental Epidemiology of Arrhythmogenesis in WHI; Modification of PM-Mediated Arrhythmogenesis in Populations; Epigenetic Mechanisms of PM-Mediated CVD Risk; Genetics of Electrocardiographic Traits; Heart Rate Variability; Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos; National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health); Prospective Meta-Analyses of Drug-Gene Interactions.


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