Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Dorothy and William Manealoff Foundation and Molly Rosen Chair in Social Medicine Emerita
Principal Investigator, Women's Health Initiative
My primary research focuses on cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors, particularly hypertension. Our Women's Health Initiative (WHI) of which I am a Principal Investogator, is a set of clinical trials and observational studies of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, cognition, nutrition and other health issues facing older women. Extensive in scope, the WHI includes 39 clinical centers in the U.S. involving 161,000 women ages 50-79, with long-term follow-up. We also examine biomarkers predicting stroke, brain imaging studies, influence of hormones on dementia, and effect of depression and medications on cardiovascular outcomes. As the WHI conducts extended follow-up and new ancillary studies, the focus is on aging, cognition, obesity, long-term effects of hormones , sleep, depression, and associated genetic studies.
Our Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) involves 16,000 Hispanic men and women of different ethnic origins, ages 18-74, followed in four field sites. We look at risk and protective factors for cardiovascular health in relation to ethnicity, acculturation and other variables. We also assess the risks for diabetes and sleep disorders, and examine cognition, pulmonary function, physical activity, hearing, dental health and dietary patterns. Blood biomarker and genetic studies are as well a component of the HCHS/SOL.
We are also a part of an international consortiium looking at genetics of ischemic stroke: the NINDS Stroke Gnetics Networds (SiGN).
I am the author of the book Biostatistics and Epidemiology, a Primer for Health and Biomedical Professionals, published by Springer, now in its fourth edition. I am also an author of a historical, World War II novel, entitled Rachel and Aleks. In addition to my own research, I enjoy mentoring students and junior faculty and supervise some of their research projects.
Haring B, Wu C, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Snetselaar L, Brunner R, Wallace RB, Neuhouser ML, Wassertheil-Smoller S. No Association between Dietary Patterns and Risk for Cognitive Decline in Older Women with 9-Year Follow-Up: Data from the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Feb 23. pii: S2212-2672(15)01815-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.12.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27050728.276.
7. Zambrana RE, López L, Dinwiddie GY, Ray RM, Eaton CB, Phillips LS, Wassertheil-Smoller S. Association of Baseline Depressive Symptoms with Prevalent and Incident Pre-Hypertension and Hypertension in Postmenopausal Hispanic Women: Results from the Women's Health Initiative. PLoS One. 2016 Apr 28;11(4):e0152765. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152765. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27124184; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4849764.SM,
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The Huffington Post quotes Dr. Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller about her research that found potassium-rich foods cut the risk of stroke and death in older women.
The Philadelphia Inquirer features new research by Dr. Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller that found high triglycerides levels were a risk factor for stroke in postmenopausal women while cholesterol was not.