EPI|LIFESTYLE 2020 Scientific Sessions
Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
March 3 – 6, 2020
Hyatt Regency Phoenix | Phoenix, Arizona
Registration will open in October 2019. Check back for more info.


See more details on our Registration and Housing page
Abstract Submission
Abstract submission will open in August 2019.


2019 Programming

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 – 7:00 a.m.Fun Run
7:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
7:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m.Lifestyle Early Career Morning Session
Early Career 3-Minute Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Competition
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
Implementing the NHLBI Strategic Vision in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
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 | NEW PRICE Registration: $75 (regular) | $25 (student)

Workplace Health Research Session Agenda (or see agenda in printable PDF)

Workplace Health Research Session Agenda
7:30Registration and Breakfast 
Session One: Research Opportunities in Workplace Health
8:00Welcome and Opening Remarks

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention; Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association
Program Planning Chair
Ross Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA
Professor and Head, Dept. of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences; UIC
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH

Ross Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA
8:15Morning Keynote
Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Workplace
David Goff, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Science, NHLBI
National Institutes of Health
9:00Funding my Workplace Research Career: Lessons from the Trenches
Early Career - Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH
Senior Career - Nico Pronk, PhD
Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Nico Pronk, PhD
President, HealthPartners Insitute
9:30Panel Discussion
What Wworkplace Research Do Employers Want?
Moderator: Ross Arena
Panelists: David Goff, Nico Pronk, Kimberly Jinnett, Anne Thorndike
Session Two: The Role of Data Science in Workplace Health
10:30Session Keynote
Opportunities and Challenges in Workplace Data Science
Kimberly Jinnett, MSPH, PhD
President, Center for Workplace Health and Performance
11:00The Use of Data Science in Employee Population Health Management: Employer PerspectiveLisa Latts, MD, MSPH, MBA
Chief Medical Officer for Payers
IBM Watson Health
11:15The Use of Data Science in Employee Population Health Management: Researcher PerspectiveNico Pronk, PhD
President, HealthPartners Institute
Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners
11:30Panel Discussion
Data Science in Workplace Health: Hype or Health Impact?
Moderator: Charlotte Pratt, PhD, RD, FAHA
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Panelists: Kimberley Jinnett, Lisa Latts, Nico Pronk
Session Three: Implementing Physical Activity Guidelines in the Workplace
1:30Session Keynote
Janet Fuldon, CDC
Janet Fulton, PHD
Chief, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2:00Adoption of Physical Activity Best Practices in the Workplace: Results from the AHA's Workplace Health Achievement IndexChris Calitz, MPP
Director, Center for Workplace Health
American Heart Association
2:15Larger Employer Case Study
Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)
Michelle Mancuso
Manager, Workforce Wellness
Kaiser Permanente
2:30Smaller Employer Case Study
Cherriots (Salem, OR)
Michiel RG Majors
Safety & Loss Control Specialist
2:45Panel Discussion
Barriers & Facilitators to Implementing Scientific Guidelines in Real Life Settings
Moderator: Janet Fulton
Panelists: Chris Calitz, Michelle Mancuso, Michiel Majors, Ron Goetzel
3:15Refreshment Break 
Session Four: Improving Heart Healtha nd mental Health in the Workplace
Creating Positive Mental Health in the Workplace
Lebra Lerner, MS, PhD
Director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Tufts Medical Center
4:00Actionable Strategies for Employers: Recommendations from the AHA Mental Health in the Workplace Expert PanelChris Calitz, MPP
Director, Center for Workplace Health
American Heart Association
4:25Panel Discussion
Strategies for Creating a Positive Organizational Climate to Support Mental Health
Moderator: Chia-Chia Chang, NIOSH
Panelists: Lebra Lerner, Lisa Latss, Ron Goetzel, Paul Terry
4:55Closing RemarksRoss Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA
Program Planning Chair

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.