EPI|LIFESTYLE 2019 Scientific Sessions
Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
March 5 – 8, 2019
The Westin Galleria | Houston, Texas
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March 5 Schedule
Time Activity
1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poster Session 1

March 6 Schedule
7:00 a.m – 8:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Session 1 - President's Welcome and Opening Remarks
Theme: Genes, Behavior and Environment: Putting The Pieces Together
Genes - Eric Boerwinkle, PhD
Behavior - Leslie A. Lytle, PhD
Environment - Michael Jerrett, PhD
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Session 2 -  Intersection of OMICS and Population Health
- Svati H. Shah, MD, MS, MHS, FAHA
Oral Abstract Presentations
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Lifestyle Council Annual Business Meeting
Networking Luncheon and Early Career Session
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Session 3 -  Oral Abstract Presentations: Epidemiology of Major Cardiovascular Events
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.NHLBI Trainee Session
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Session 4 -  Oral Abstract Presentations: Social Determinants of Cardiometabolic Disease
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.NHLBI Trainee Session Continued
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Poster Session 2
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Hearts Diversity Reception
Hosted by the Council of Epidemiology & Prevention

March 7 Schedule
6:00 a.m – 7:30 a.m.Fun Run
7:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
7:30 a.m – 8:30 a.m.Lifestyle Early Career Morning Session
3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT™)
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Concurrent Session 5
(8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.)
A: The David Kritchevsky Memorial Lecture
& Oral Abstract Presentation:
Cardiovascular Biomarkers

B :Workplace Health Research Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break
Connection Corner
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Concurrent Session 6
A: Hot Off the Press
B: Oral Abstract Presentations: Lifecourse Epidemiology
C: Workplace Health Research Session
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.EPI Council Annual Business Meeting
Networking Luncheon and Early Career Session
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Concurrent Session 7
Stamler Award Finalists
B: Workplace Health Research Session
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Refreshment Break
Connection Corner
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Concurrent Session 8
ASPC Annual Debate
Con: Erin D. Michos, MD, MHS, FAHA
Pro: Christie Mitchell Ballantyne, MD, FAHA
B: Workplace Health Research Session
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Poster Session 3
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Joint Council Dinner
Hosted by the council of Epidemiology & Prevention, and the Council of Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health

March 8 Schedule
7:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
7:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m.EPI Early Career Morning Session
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Session 9
Frederick H. Epstein Memorial Lecture & Oral Abstract Presentation: Diabetes and Obesity
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break
Connection Corner
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Session 10: Physical Activity Guidelines
Highlighting the New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - Janet E. Fulton, PhD, FAHA
Oral Abstract Presentations:
Putting the Guidelines in Practice and What Are the Research Needs? - William E. Kraus, MD, FAHA, FACC, FACSM
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Session 11
The William B. Kannel, MD Memorial Lectureship in Preventative Cardiology*
Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD, DM, FACC, FAHA

*This lecture is jointly sponsored by the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology

Oral Abstract Presentations: Nutrition

3:00 p.m.: Adjourn

Workplace Health Research Session

Thu., March 7, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Westin Galleria, Houston TX

Keynote Speakers

Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Workplace
David Goff, MD, PhD | NHLBI, NIH

The Role of Data Science in Workplace Health
Kimberly Jinnett, MSPH, PhD | Center for Workplace Health and Performance

Employer Strategies to Implement the New Physical Activity Guidelines
Janet Fulton, PhD | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Creating Positive Mental Health in the Workplace
Debra Lerner, MS, PhD | Tufts Medical Center

Four Thematic Sessions

  • Funding My Workplace Research Career
  • Leveraging Data Science in the Workplace
  • Increasing Physical Activity at Work
  • Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing

Registration: $200 (regular) | $75 (student)

Employer Case Studies

  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)
  • Cherriots (Salem, OR)
  • And more!

Panel Discussions

What Workplace Research Do Employers Want?
Moderator: Ross Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA, FESC | UIC

Data Science: Hype or Health Impact?
Moderator: Charolott Pratt, PhD, FAHA | NHLBI

Barriers and Solutions to Implementing Scientific Guidelines in Real Life Settings
Moderator: Janet Fulton, PhD | CDC

Creating a Positive Workplace Climate to Support Mental Health
Moderator: Chia-Chia Chang, MBA, MPH | NIOSH

EPI/Lifestyle Program Information

The primary goal of EPI/Lifestyle 2019 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 2019 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.