Strategically Focused Research Network Awardees

Updated:Jun 18,2015



The AHA is currently funding three Strategically Focused Research Networks:

  • Northwestern University (Ill.), Vanderbilt University (Tenn.), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (N.Y.), and the University of Texas, Southwestern (Texas), form the Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network.
  • The University of Iowa (Iowa), the Medical College of Wisconsin (Wis.), Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Ohio), and the University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.) form the Strategically Focused Hypertension Research Network.
  • Medical University of South Carolina (S.C.), Morehouse School of Medicine (Ga.), Northwestern University (Ill.), and the University of Colorado Denver (Colo.) form the Strategically Focused Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Research Network.

 

 

Strategically Focused Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Research Network
Award Activation: July 1, 2015

Medical University of South Carolina

Center Director
Robert Adams, MD, MS

Basic
Project PI: Mark Kindy, PhD
Metabolic determinants of vascular stiffness in health disparities related stroke

Clinical
Project PI: Leonardo Bonilha, MD, PhD
Influence of pre-morbid brain health on stroke recovery

Population
Project PI: Gayenell Magwood, PhD
Community-based Intervention under Nurse Guidance after Stroke (CINGS)

Morehouse School of Medicine

Center Director
Herman Taylor Jr., MD, MPH

Basic
Project PI: Charles Searles, MD
MicroRNA and metabolic profiles associated with social and environmental risk factors in blacks

Clinical
Project PIs: Arshed Quyyumi, MD/Priscilla Pemu, MBBS
Impact of technology-based Intervention for improving self-management behaviors in Black adults

Population
Project PIs: George Rust, MD, MPH/Tené Lewis, PhD
Social and Environmental Factors contributing to Cardiovascular Risk and Resilience among Blacks

Northwestern University

Center Director
Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc

Basic
Project PI: Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc
Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Injury Induced by FGF23 in the Settings of High Phosphate Diet and CKD

Clinical
Project PI: Orlando Gutierrez, MD, MMSc
Impact of lowering phosphate additive intake on mineral metabolism and cardiovascular health in community-living adults

Population
Project PI: Mercedes Carnethon, PhD
Contribution of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 to Racial Disparities in Left Ventricular Mass and Albumin/Creatinine Ratio

University of Colorado Denver

Center Director
Spero Manson, PhD

Basic
Project PI: Irene Blair, PhD
Discrimination and Allostatic Load Among American Indians

Clinical
Project PI: Edward Havranek, MD
An Intervention to Increase Engagement with Hypertension Care for American Indian Patients

Population
Project PI: John Steiner, MD, MPH
Improving Hypertension Care of American Indians and Alaska Natives through Interactive Voice Response Technology
 

Strategically Focused Hypertension Research Network
Award Activation: April 1, 2015

 

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Center Director
Elaine Urbina, MD, MS, FAHA

Basic
Project PI: Richard Becker, MD, FAHA
Influence of Regulatory Genome on Target Organ Damage in Youth with Primary Hypertension

Clinical
Project PI: Joseph Flynn, MD, MS
Hemodynamic and Metabolic Predictors of Target Organ Damage in Youth with Primary Hypertension

Population
Project PI: Elaine Urbina, MD, MS, FAHA
Threshold for Development of Blood Pressure-Related Target Organ Damage in Youth

Medical College of Wisconsin

Center Director
Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD

Basic
Project PI: David L. Mattson, PhD, FAHA
Epigenetic Modification of Immune Mechanisms in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension and Renal Damage

Clinical
Project PI: Srividya Kidambi, MD
Epigenomics of Hypertension in Monozygotic Twins and Effect of Salt Intake

Population
Project PI: Theodore A. Kotchen, MD, FAHA
Epigenomic Modifications in Hypertension and Hypertension-Related Cardiovascular Diseases

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Center Director
Paul Muntner, PhD, MHS

Basic
Project PI: Jennifer Pollock, PhD, FAHA
Novel Mechanisms of Salt-sensitivity and Diurnal Blood Pressure Rhythm

Cinical
Project PI: David Calhoun, MD, FAHA
Mechanisms of Nocturnal Hypertension and Non-dipping Blood Pressure

Population
Project PI: Paul Muntner, PhD, MHS
Racial Differences and US population estimates of Nocturnal Hypertension and Non-dipping

University of Iowa

Center Director
Curt D. Sigmund, PhD, FAHA

Basic
Project PI: Justin L. Grobe, PhD, FAHA
Molecular Mechanisms of Vasopressin-Induced Preeclampsia

Clinical
Project PI: Gary L. Pierce, PhD, MS
Early Vascular Dysfunction and Elevated Copeptin in Human Preeclampsia

Population
Project PI: Mark K. Santillan, MD
Predicting Preeclampsia via Copeptin: Underrepresented Minorities & Synergy with Other Biomarkers



Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network
Award Activation: July 1, 2014

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Strategically Focused Prevention Research Center

Center Director
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, FAHA

Basic
Project PI: Eric Schadt, PhD
Applying Cross-generation Genetic and Genomic Information to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Clinical
Project PI: Zahi Fayad, PhD, FAHA
Two Intensive Life Style Intervention Programs in Related Caregivers of Preschool Children

Population
Project PI: Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, FAHA
Children Heart Research Study Program

Northwestern University Strategically Focused Prevention Research Center

Center Director
Philip Greenland, MD, FAHA

Basic
Project PI: Lifang Hou, MD, MS, PhD
Epigenetics of Cardiovascular Health Metrics 

Clinical

Project PI: Bonnie Spring, PhD, FAHA
mHealth Intervention to Preserve and Promote Ideal Cardiovascular Health

Population
Project PI: Norrina Allen, PhD
Trajectories in Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Metrics and Score From Childhood through Middle-Age

University of Texas Southwestern Strategically Focused Prevention Research Center

Center Director
Joseph Hill, MD, PhD, FAHA

Basic
Project PI: Joseph Hill, MD, PhD, FAHA
Molecular mechanisms in the transition from cardiomyocyte hypertrophy to HFpEF

Clinical
Project PI: Benjamin Levine, MD
Novel HFpEF Prevention Strategies In High Risk Individuals: High Intensity Exercise Training Plus Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Population
Project PI: Jarrett Berry, MD
Association Between Physical Activity and Modifiable Intermediate Heart Failure Phenotypes

Vanderbilt University Strategically Focused Prevention Research Center

Center Director
David Harrison, MD, FAHA

Basic
Project PI: David Harrison, MD, FAHA
Effect of Salt on Innate and Adaptive Immune Cells in Hypertension

Clinical
Project PI: Jens Titze, MD
Lowering Tissue Na+ Stores to Reduce Blood Pressure, Systemic Inflammation, and Metabolic Derangement in Aging Humans

Population
Project PI: Thomas Jue-Fuu Wang, MD, FAHA
Prevention of Hypertension and its Complications in a Medically-Underserved Population

 

 

 


Strategically Focused Research Network News

Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory Explore Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke Among Minorities
Morehouse School of Medicine
Sept. 1, 2015

Researchers to explore why some are hit harder by heart disease

The American Heart Association Blog
June 23, 2015

Heart disease survivor donates $5 million to fund research center for heart disease in women

The American Heart Association Blog
May 19, 2015

UAB selected to take part in $15M study on high blood pressure

Birmingham Business Journal
April 17, 2015

UAB selected as site of AHA's new SFRN on hypertension
UAB News
April 17, 2015

AHA-funded network boosts blood pressure research
The American Heart Association Blog
April 10, 2015

Research funding gap widens at AHA
The American Heart Association Blog
March 30, 2015

Preventing Heart Disease in New York City Children and Their Caregivers
Mt. Sinai Hospital
July 15, 2014

Feinberg Selected for New American Heart Association Network
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
July 11, 2014

AHA grant creates coalition to prevent heart disease, stroke
Vanderbilt University
July 10, 2014

AHA funds new research network aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke
The American Heart Association
June 27, 2014

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