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Washington: Faculty Receive $15.6 Million NHLBI Award to Expand MESA Research, Promote Diversity

The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) – a 20-year study of the characteristics, predictors and progression of subclinical cardiovascular disease and other risk markers – has been renewed for another five years with nearly $15.6 million in funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

The study’s coordinating center is housed in the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, at the Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center, and is co-directed by faculty members Dr. Robyn McClelland and Dr. Richard Kronmal. Dr. McClelland, a research professor of biostatistics at the School, is the principal investigator on the award.

The study involves a racially and ethnically diverse sample of more than 6,800 men and women, ages 45-84, who had no signs of cardiovascular disease at enrollment. The cohort has been extensively phenotyped, genotyped and assessed over six in-person visits. The renewal includes funding for ongoing research and a seventh in-person examination of study participants, as well as a diversity supplement to support Ms. Natalie Gasca, a biostatistics doctoral student at the UW School of Public Health.

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