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.
- EPID 735: CV Epidemiology (Laura Loehr/Wayne Rosamond)
- EPID 889.x: Population Burden of CVD (Christy Avery)
- EPID 889.x: Topics in Epid (Advanced Genetic Epidemiology) (Kari North)
- EPID 889.x: Methods and Applications of CV Surveillance (Wayne Rosamond)
- EPID 889.x: Epidemiology of Stroke (Wayne Rosamond)
- EPID 889.x: Epidemiology of Hypertension (Anthony Viera)
- EPID 889.x Kidney Disease and CV Health (Nora Franceschini)
- EPID 897: CVD Seminar (Gerardo Heiss)
- 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)
Cardiovascular Epidemiology Seminar Series meets Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, 0001 Michael Hooker Research Center.
Peer-led CV epidemiology research workshop meets twice a month, rotating days/times. See additional information, below.
The CV Epidemiology Journal Club meets on the second Friday of the month, 10-11 AM in Suite 32 Conference Room, CVS Building, Franklin Street. See additional information, below.
Genetic Journal Club, meets first Wednesday of month from 12:15-1:00 pm
UNC and Cambridge CV EPID Partnership – Trainee exchange, timing and duration vary
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.
Collaborative Groups at UNC (selected)
Cardiovascular Additional Information
|Alumni of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology program take a variety of professional positions in the academic, governmental and private sectors. These include:
Currently, the Cardiovascular (CV) Epidemiology Program is home to 15 students, who come to this program from diverse backgrounds. In addition to the coursework indicated by their degree program, students participate in multiple activities organized by the CV Epidemiology Program, including a Peer-Led Workshop, Journal Club, and the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Seminar. Students can choose to conduct their dissertation research within a broad scope of research interests represented by the CV Epidemiology faculty and collaborators. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work with CV Epidemiology faculty members as Graduate Research Assistants. Pre-doctoral students are encouraged to submit abstracts to national meetings and are mentored in publishing their work.
Following are representative examples of doctoral dissertation research topics developed by CV Epidemiology students:
The CV Epidemiology Program supports four postdoctoral fellows each year. Fellows are encouraged to submit multiple publications, engage in collaborative work, and submit applications for funding.
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|NIH NRSA Institutional Training Grants
The purpose of the NIH National Research Service Awards is to provide eligible institutions with the means to support individuals, selected by the institution, who are training for careers in specified areas of biomedical and behavioral research. Four pre- and three post-doctoral trainees are supported by the program, with a strong emphasis on recruitment of minorities underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. The NRSA grants provide funds applicable to tuition, fees, health insurance and living expenses to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.In 1975, the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health established the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology program. The sixth 5-year cycle of NRSA-NHLBI support for this training program began on June 1, 2002. The goal of the program continues to be the training of innovative, and effective researchers in the field of CVD epidemiology.The training program has developed a mix of learning opportunities for trainees, based on the continuous renewal of its research in CVD, an interdisciplinary approach and multi-institutional ties, and the commitment to prepare individuals for careers based on innovative and independent research in the epidemiology of CVD.Seven areas of emphasis exist at present:
National Meetings: In addition to attendance of one scientific meeting per year supported by the Training Grant, trainees are encouraged, and supported by faculty to submit abstracts to cardiovascular epidemiology meetings (e.g., scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, and the Society of Epidemiologic Research). Provided with this range of data sources and ongoing research, trainees are able to make presentations at national meetings, be exposed to work in progress by other scientists in the field, and make professional contacts.
Research Opportunities: Trainees are encouraged as early as possible to assume lead roles in a research project, with support from their advisors. The program provides a considerable number and diversity of research opportunities to trainees. A list of currently active studies is shown below. 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 (in addition to analyses and publication activities). All are available and open to trainees; see contact persons on reverse.
For more information about the NRSA Institutional Grant, you can contact Valerie Hudock, Department of Epidemiology Registrar.
NIH NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students
Graduate Student Research Assistantships
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