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By The Numbers

  • 170 publications to date with 4 additional publications currently submitted or in press
  • 2 NIH R01s, 1 NIH R21 and 1 NSF research grant directly resulting from SFRN projects to date
  • 3 Prevention PIs have gone on to receive subsequent Network awards in atrial fibrillation and children’s health
  • $50 million in total NIH funding received by Prevention PIs since the start of the Network

Notable Publications

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Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption with Incident CVD and Mortality, JAMA Network, March 2019

  • Higher consumption of dietary cholesterol or eggs was significantly associated with a higher risk of CVD and all-cause mortality
  • Norrina Allen PhD, Project PI, and Victor Zhong PhD, SFRN Fellow

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Child Health Promotion in Underserved Communities – The FAMILIA Trial, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, April 2019

  • School-based health education is effective in conveying healthy behaviors in preschoolers from an urban, underserved, multiethnic community
  • Valentin Fuster MD PhD, Center Director/Project PI, Andrew Kasarskis PhD, Project PI, Zahi Fayad PhD, Project PI, and Rodrigo Fernandez-Jimenez MD, SFRN Fellow.


UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nitrosative stress drives heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, Nature, April 2019

  • Describes causes of HFpEF disease pathology by creating a pivotal new mouse model (patent pending). Understanding the mechanism of heart failure may help to prevent it and subsequent adverse events.
  • Joseph Hill MD PhD, Center Director/Project PI, and Gabriele Schiattarella MD, SFRN Fellow


Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Polypill for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in an Underserved Population, New England Journal of Medicine, September 2019


  • Significantly larger reductions in blood pressure and LDL cholesterol compared to usual care in a socioeconomically vulnerable minority population
  • Thomas Wang MD, Project PI


Notable Collaborations

  • Collaboration across Northwestern and UTSW investigating the relationship between physical activity, body mass index (BMI), and risk of heart failure resulted in several publications across Prevention Centers

  • Thomas Wang, MD, FAHA (Vanderbilt PI), Norrina Allen, PhD (Northwestern PI), and Deepak Gupta (Vanderbilt collaborator) awarded NIH R01 to study tissue sodium content in the MESA study participants
  • Northwestern Prevention PIs collaborating with the Hypertension SFRN center at the University of Iowa to study the impact of maternal physical activity on atherosclerosis in offspring

  • Mount Sinai Prevention PIs have gone on to collaborate with the Go Red For Women SFRN to enhance fellowship training