EPI's Anne Newman received the American Heart Association's 2020 Clinical Research Prize based on her extensive research career focused on aging, including the determinants of physical and cognitive function, as well as successful aging and longevity. An expert in the study of cardiovascular disease, aging and body composition, and sarcopenia (muscle loss) and physical functioning, she advises "Even if you don't have a heart attack or a stroke... preventing cardiovascular disease is by far and away the best way to make sure you live a long and healthy life."
Newman is chair of the Department of Epidemiology, the Kathryn M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Sciences, director of the Center for Aging and Population Health, distinguished professor of epidemiology, and professor of medicine and clinical and translational science in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds secondary appointments in the division of geriatric medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also the clinical director of the Aging Institute of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh.
“Dr. Newman is internationally renowned for her work in the epidemiology and mechanisms of aging, longevity and disability, especially in the context of cardiovascular disease,” said American Heart Association President Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., M.S., FAAN, FAHA. “She has served as the principal investigator for numerous long-term studies on aging and longevity, setting the standard for our understanding of the clinical, physiologic and mechanistic processes of aging. I was fortunate to have the chance to work with her on the Cardiovascular Health Study, where I learned tremendously from her. Aging research is now well-funded and many institutions have centers for the study of aging; Anne paved the way. We are grateful for her tireless efforts to help the AHA fulfill its mission of longer, healthier lives.”
“I am so honored to receive this award from the AHA,” said Newman. “My career has been fostered through the incredible interactions with colleagues at the AHA’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, where my work linking the burden of cardiovascular disease to aging was first presented. I am also especially grateful for my colleagues in the Cardiovascular Health Study for their mentorship, collaboration and support.”
Newman is an elected member of the American Epidemiology Society (AES), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), and the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with added qualifications in geriatric medicine. She serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science and on the editorial boards of several other journals. She is a frequent reviewer and advisory panel member for both the NHLBI and the NIA, including a current appointment to the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors. Newman earned her undergraduate, doctorate, and MPH degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her residency and fellowship at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh.
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