Organization

The Executive Committee (EC) is the governing body that makes final decisions on trainee selection and changes to the Center operations. This committee is chaired by the Center Director (CD) and includes the Senior Associate Center Director (SACD), project Principal Investigators and the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. Each research project is led by a Principal Investigator (PI), who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the projects. The project PIs supervise the co-investigators and research staff assigned to their respective projects, and have primary responsibility for the research experience of the postdoctoral fellow assigned to them. A training core is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the education and mentorship of the postdoctoral fellows and consists of the Training Program Director (TPD), Primary Mentors (PM), Secondary Mentors and External Consultants. A Shared Resource Core provides common services and includes an administrative assistant and support the units for data management, information technology and biostatistics. Finally, an External Advisory Committee (EAC) reviews and appraises the Center’s research and training operations, participant burden, and opportunities for future collaboration with other Centers. The EAC consists of 5 senior investigators who are deemed leaders in basic, clinical and population research, as well as senior investigators who will evaluate the leadership and training programs.


Committee Membership:

Executive Committee

Matthew Allison, Center Director
Michael Criqui, Senior Associate Center Director
Bess Marcus, Department Head, Family Medicine and Public Health
Dorothy Sears, Project Principal Investigator
Jacqueline Kerr, Project Principal Investigator
Sheila Castaneda, Project Principal Investigator

Training Core Leadership

Matthew Allison, Training Program Director
Dorothy Sears, Primary Mentor
Jacqueline Kerr, Primary Mentor
Sheila Castaneda, Primary Mentor

Shared Resource Core

Nova Barkley, Administrative Assistant
Loki Natarajan, Biostatistics

External Advisory Committee:

Martha Daviglus, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Daviglus is the Edmond Foley Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Minority Health Research, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is a bilingual and bicultural physician/ epidemiologist of Hispanic origin (Bolivian) and the founding Director of the UIC Institute for Minority Health Research (IMHR), which was established in 2012 as a campus-wide unit committed to promoting interdisciplinary research, training, policy development, and community partnerships to improve the health of vulnerable minority populations. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Daviglus was a Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she has been a faculty member since 1993 (Adjunct Professor since 2012). Dr. Daviglus’ research activities have concentrated on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and related chronic conditions, minority health, and health disparities. She has been involved in investigating associations of traditional cardiovascular and nutritional risk factors with long-term cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in middle-aged and older men and women, and has examined the benefits of favorable cardiovascular risk profile (low risk) earlier in life on health care costs and health-related quality of life in older age. She has received numerous grants and awards including the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1995. Currently, Dr. Daviglus is the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on a number of NIH-sponsored longitudinal studies including the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Chicago Field Center (the largest longitudinal study on Hispanics/Latinos to date) and the Illinois Precision Medicine Consortium (one of the sites that will help to enroll participants in a national research effort). She also serves as PI for the UIC Cohort of Patients, Family, and Friends. Furthermore, she is the Director of an NHLBI T32 Pre- and Post-doctoral Research Training Program on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Related Chronic Diseases in Minority Populations at UIC. Dr. Daviglus is actively involved with the NIH and AHA. She serves on NIH research peer-review committees and study sections and is a spokesperson for AHA. David Dunstan, PhD, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

David Dunstan is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. He also holds the position of Professor within the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on the role of sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and the development of interventions targeting reducing prolonged sitting in real-world contexts (eg: workplaces, schools). He has published over 175 peer reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care and Diabetologia. Over the past 15 years David has extensive media interest in his research including interviews with ABC Catalyst, 60 Minutes Australia, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.

Google Scholar link: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=7JhXeWgAAAAJ&hl=en

James Lash, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. James Lash is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine. His research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease and interventional trials in the treatment of kidney disease, particularly in racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. He has particular expertise in evaluating the impact of patient-centered factor and lifestyle on the development and progression of kidney disease. His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of kidney disease and hypertension. Lash is the UIC Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-sponsored Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) and the Hispanic CRIC Studies. These studies investigate risk factors for the progression of chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease in people with chronic kidney disease. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Forgarty International Center-sponsored Mexico City CRIC Study, and a Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) which is focused on providing mentorship and training for new physician-scientists in the area of health disparities in chronic kidney disease.

NCBI Bibliography link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/james p.lash.1/bibliography/41008192/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

Neville Owen, PhD, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Neville Owen is Distinguished Professor in Health Sciences at Swinburne University and Head of the Behavioural Epidemiology Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Thomson Reuters Highly-Cited Researcher and listed in the World’s Most Influential Minds, Social Sciences. His research deals with preventing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer through changing physical activity and sedentary behaviors (too little exercise and too much sitting). His program is interdisciplinary and covers a spectrum of studies from behavioural measurement, epidemiological and experimental analyses of the health consequences of inactivity and identifying new opportunities for disease prevention through environmental and policy initiatives. Owen’s research findings contribute broadly to improving population health and healthy ageing through informing innovations in transport, urban planning, workplace policy, and clinical and health-care programs.

Google Scholar link: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=hQpbZwwAAAAJ&hl=en

Project Investigators:

Basic Science Project: Dorothy D. Sears, PhD (PI); Bruce Barshop, MD, PhD (co-investigator); Kang Zhang, MD, PhD (co-investigator); Aaron Chang, PhD (co-investigator); Loki Natarajan, PhD (co-investigator), David Boyle (co-investigator)
Clinical Science Project: Jacqueline Kerr, PhD; Loki Natarajan, PhD; Gregory Talavera, MD
Population Science Project: Sheila Castaneda, PhD