Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Disparities in Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease: How Far Have We Come and What Remains to be Done?

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 18, 2014

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Martha L. Daviglus, MD PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Executive Director, Institute for Minority Health Research
Professor of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Martha Daviglus is a bilingual and bicultural physician/epidemiologist of Hispanic origin (Bolivian) who has been conducting research on cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology for more than 20 years. She is the founding director of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institute for Minority Health Research, established in 2012 as a campus-wide unit committed to promoting interdisciplinary research, training, policy, and community partnerships to improve the health of vulnerable minority populations.

Dr. Daviglus' research activities have concentrated on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and related chronic conditions, and on minority health, and health disparities. She has been involved in investigating associations of traditional cardiovascular and nutritional risk factors with long-term cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in middle-aged and older men and women, and has examined the benefits of favorable cardiovascular risk profile (low risk) earlier in life on health care costs and health-related quality of life in older age. She has received numerous grants and awards including the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA), and has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1995. Dr. Daviglus is the principal investigator on a number of longitudinal studies including the NIH-sponsored Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Chicago Field Center, the Chicago Healthy Aging Study, and the UIC Cohort of Patients, Family, and Friends. She also serves as Director of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Research Training Program on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention.

Dr. Daviglus serves on NIH research peer-review committees and study sections, and has participated in meetings for the development of the NIH/NHLBI Strategic Plan. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine and of the AHA, is an AHA spokesperson, and is actively involved with the AHA at the national level. She has served as Chair of the AHA Women and Minorities Committee, and as member of other AHA committees and writing groups.

Dr. Daviglus is currently a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Minority Health Research, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining UIC, she was a Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she has been a faculty member since 1993 (Adjunct Professor since 2012).

Objectives - After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss current literature on disparities in cardiovascular disease risk factors among the major racial/ethnic groups in the US.
  2. Describe findings of some of the ongoing large-scale cohort studies involving minority participants, including key findings of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.
  3. Discuss strategies that can be employed to address existing disparities in CVD risk.

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Diversity Affairs Committee (Department of Medicine)

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