The goals of our activities in this research pillar are to discover new ways of controlling and preventing the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to determine what factors may contribute to and prevent disparities in the development, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of patients with CVD. Current research programs include CVD/risk factor epidemiology and prevention, genetic epidemiology of hypertension and atherosclerosis, and weight loss interventions to prevent CVD, among others.
Current research projects include cardiovascular disease observational studies, including the Coronary Artery Risk Development In young Adults (CARDIA) study, and several REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) ancillary studies. DOPM investigators also have a strong program of interventional research in cardiometabolic disease, serving as a site in several large multi-center cardiovascular disease intervention studies including the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study, Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), and others.
Faculty associated with this program area include physician scientists in internal medicine, preventive cardiology, and nutrition sciences; behavioral scientists; epidemiologists; economists; and many studies focus on the elimination of disparities in healthcare and health outcomes, especially for African Americans and Hispanics. Faculty with primary research focus in this area are:
- James M. Shikany, DrPH, PA-C (leader)
- Raegan W. Durant, MD MPH
- Ellen M. Funkhouser, DrPh
- Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAHA
- Albert Oberman, MD
Faculty with a secondary research focus in this area are: