EPI|LIFESTYLE 2018 Scientific Sessions
Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
March 20 – 23, 2018
Sheraton New Orleans | New Orleans, Louisiana
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Download our quick-glance look at programming and topics for EPI-Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions.

EPI/Lifestyle Program Information

Once again there will be a variety of special activities, many of which are designed to provide networking and educational opportunities for young investigators.

  • Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Annual Business Meeting & Networking Luncheon Tickets may be obtained when registering. 
    Wednesday, March 21

    Lifestyle ABM, Networking Luncheon and Early Career Session
    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Topic: "Keeping the Balance: Avoiding the Burnout and Managing Time Demands in Academia"

    The Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Annual Business Meeting and Networking Luncheon is great opportunity to get caught up on activities related to the Lifestyle Council’s significant mission, and to meet some key leaders in the council. Following the luncheon, the Lifestyle Early Career Committee is pleased to host a special session entitled "Keeping the Balance: Avoiding Burnout and Managing Time Demands in Academia." Open to all attendees, this session will focus on best strategies to manage challenging time demands while avoiding burnout in the academic environment - a topic of critical importance for a successful career in CVD research. Panelists will include successful junior, mid, and senior-level faculty who will share their experiences with and successful strategies for maintaining work-life balance while successfully furthering their careers.  
    • Ryan Demmer, PhD, MPH, FAHA, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health School of Public, University of Minnesota
    • Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D., FAHA, Associate Professor and Vice Chair Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
    • Bethany Baron Gibbs, PhD FAHA, Assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Annual Business Meeting & Networking Luncheon Tickets may be obtained when registering
    Thursday, March 22

    EPI ABM, Networking Luncheon & Early Career Session
    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Topic: "International Collaboration in Cardiovascular Epidemiology"

    The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Annual Business Meeting and Networking Luncheon is great opportunity to get caught up on activities related to the EPI Council’s significant mission, and to meet some key leaders in the council. Following the luncheon, the EPI Early Career Committee is pleased to host a special session entitled, “International Collaboration in Cardiovascular Epidemiology.”  The objective of this panel session will be to share ideas, experiences, feedback, and insights into building international collaborations. Panelist will provide perspectives from their individual experiences and advice on how to build and sustain fruitful international collaborations.
    • Gerald Bloomfield, MD MPH, Duke University Medical Center
    • Tom Ribeiro, MD PhD, ELSA collaboration; Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
    • Kunihiro Matsushita, MD PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Annual Fun Walk/Run. Open to all attendees regardless of fitness level
  • Early Career Special Presentations and Events

    Thursday, March 22

    Lifestyle Early Career Lunchtime Session
    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT™) 

    Listen to five selected graduate students present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic in three minutes or less. A panel of Lifestyle Council volunteer leaders will determine the best presentation after questioning each competitor and award the most compelling oration the grand prize, courtesy of the Lifestyle Early Career Committee. If you know of any student who would be interested in competing, please share this link that outlines the criteria and how to apply

    Friday, March 23
    EPI Early Career Morning Session
    7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
    Topic: "Lost or Found? Identifying your Niche in Academic Research"

    Developing your own niche in academic research can be daunting. During this fireside chat, we'll have an open conversation about how others across the career spectrum have found their unique areas of expertise.

    EPI Early Career Lunchtime Roundtable
    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Topic: "Forging International Collaboration"

    Interested in learning more about how to initiate and foster collaborations with internationally based cohorts? This session will provide attendees with the opportunity to ask investigators from several major international cohort’s questions about data resources and collaboration in an informal setting. To allow for exposure to several studies we will be utilizing a "speed dating" format. This format will allow you approximately 20 minutes with up to three study investigators.
  • Connection Corner. Connection Corner is an excellent networking opportunity for conference attendees (especially first-time attendees and junior investigators).

    Thursday and Friday, March 22-23
    10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

    This year's Connection Corners will give you an opportunity to get advice on key skills to promote your career. Have questions on your specific aims or need constructive feedback on your elevator pitch, drop by the Connection Corner tables to take advantage of the wealth of experience available from more senior faculty in an informal setting. To gain the most out the experience, please come prepared with the relevant materials.
  • EPI Council Hearts Diversity Reception: Informal networking for all Minority attendees. Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar after poster Session on Wednesday evening.
  • Hot Off the Press. This session will provide a forum for in-depth discussion of important publications that were released less than six months before the conference.
  • Joint Council Annual Reception and Dinner. The cost is $50 per person for registrants and their guests (discounts for Early Career and Students). A cash bar will be offered along with food, drinks, and great entertainment! Tickets may be purchased when registering for the conference if still available.

Special sessions being offered outside of EPI|Lifestyle:

  • Workplace Health Science & Practice (PDF)
    Translating Research into Solutions to Improve Workplace Health & Well-Being
    The AHA Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation will host a 1-day conference on Workplace Health Science and Practice at the 2018 EPI/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions. The program will highlight the latest research in occupational health promotion, and how employers are implementing solutions in real-world settings. Topics will include integrated strategies to improve heart health; building emotional health; digital therapeutics to improve cardiometabolic health; and benchmarking performance. View the Workplace Health & Practice Agenda (PDF)
  • Strategically Focused Research Network Pre-Conference Session (PDF)
    Tuesday, March 20
    3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    The AHA SFRNs will host a Pre-conference Session at the EPI/Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions to report the progress and innovation taking place across all Networks. This session will include the opportunity for future SFRN applicants to connect with current investigators and be open to all EPI/Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions attendees and currently-funded SFRN awardees.
  • PCORnet Patient Powered Research Summit is an interactive research design workshop for patients and researchers interested in partnering to create impactful, patient-engaged research projects. By the end of the Summit, we hope to facilitate learning around patient engagement and generate new ideas and collaborations for PCORnet projects. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to submit an LOI for a PCORnet proposal. Accepted projects will receive query support from the Cardiovascular Health Collaborative Research Group, to support a 2018 grant submission utilizing PCORnet.

The primary goal of EPI/Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions is to promote the development and application of translational and population science to prevent heart disease and stroke and foster cardiovascular health. The Councils on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) and Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health (Lifestyle) jointly planned the EPI/Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions. The sessions focus on risk factors, obesity, nutrition, physical activity, genetics, metabolism, biomarkers, subclinical disease, clinical disease, healthy populations, global health, and prevention-oriented clinical trials.

The program is designed to present new findings on:

  • Cardiovascular disease prevention trials
  • Causes and mechanisms of health factors, subclinical, and clinical cardiovascular diseases
  • Relationships of nutrition (diet) and physical activity (fitness) with cardiometabolic health
  • Relationships of obesity, diabetes, and renal disease with cardiometabolic health
  • Genetic and environmental epidemiology of cardiometabolic health
  • Effects of lifestyle interventions on cardiometabolic disease and its health factors
  • Population trends in cardiovascular diseases and their health factors
  • Global cardiovascular health

The program also will provide participants with the opportunity to learn current information about:

  • Advances in measuring diet and physical activity
  • Advances in techniques in preventive cardiology
  • Behavioral strategies to promote and sustain lifestyle modifications
  • Outcomes research and guideline development related to cardiovascular health
  • Advances in methods relevant to observational studies, clinical trials and population surveillance

The program includes presentations of new high-quality, high-impact research, organized around oral, moderated poster, and poster abstract presentations. Special translational science lectures and debates address current issues relevant to cardiometabolic health and preventive cardiology. This format maximizes the opportunities for thought-provoking multidisciplinary interactions across a wide spectrum of scientists, junior and established. The sessions are designed to enhance the careers of young and early mid-career investigators and practitioners committed to the promotion of cardiometabolic health.

The conference is designed to benefit researchers as well as public health practitioners and clinicians. The meeting should appeal to physicians, epidemiologists, dietitians, nutritional scientists, exercise physiologists, behavioral scientists, biostatisticians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, school health professionals and other health scientists.

  1. Recognize opportunities to address modifiable risk factors for CVD, to help meet AHA components of ideal cardiovascular health.
  2. Discuss the causes and health consequences of continuing disparities in CVD risk factors among certain racial/ethnic, age, gender, and socioeconomic groups to help meet the AHA 2020 goals for improved cardiovascular health.
  3. Discuss current guidelines and research needs related to primordial and primary CVD prevention in children and adolescents.
  4. Explain the concept of precision medicine and identify opportunities and applications for precision medicine in CVD prevention and treatment.
  5. Identify educational opportunities for early-career cardiologists regarding career pathways and opportunities for research in cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention.

Full lecture details are still being worked out, but you can download our EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions 2018 Schedule-at-a-Glance (PDF).