Research Grand Rounds: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos—Sept. 7, 2018 | MedStar Health

Research Grand Rounds: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos—Sept. 7, 2018

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Research Grand Rounds are sponsored by MedStar Health Research Institute and Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) and bring together the MedStar Health community for a learning experience focusing on a different topic each month.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos: Building the project, baseline findings, and future research opportunities
Presented by M. Larissa Aviles-Santa, MD MPH
Medical Officer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institute of Health

Following training in endocrinology and a junior faculty position at UT Southwestern, Dr. Avilés- Santa joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 2006 to  direct the Hispanic Community Health Study - Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL), assessing risks and protective factors for chronic (particularly cardiovascular and pulmonary) diseases, and their morbid outcomes in diverse Hispanic/Latino populations. She is an expert on the study and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in underserved populations, particularly among Hispanic communities. HCHS-SOL has enrolled over 16,000 adults of Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central American, and South American backgrounds, into a rigorous and comprehensive longitudinal study, spanning sites in Chicago, Miami, San Diego, and New York (the Bronx), creating a unique multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research team to address important health disparities impacting understudied and heretofore under-characterized populations. Her presentation will provide an overview of the HCHS-SOL, its rationale and design; discuss some of the key early findings; its current status, and potential opportunities for collaboration.

September 7, 2018
12 Noon to 1 PM – Presentation
1 PM to 1:30 PM – Lunch
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 6th Floor, CTEC Theater
110 Irving Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20010

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Research Grand Rounds are open to all members of the research team, from principal investigators to clinical and research coordinators and trainees. Topics covered in the Research Grand Rounds range from community-focused research to best practices and are intended to increase collaboration within the research community in and outside of MedStar Health. For more information, please contact or visit



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