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Chair of HSA to Present at EPI/NPAM 2013 Scientific Sessions

Buffalo, New York – January 9, 2012 – Dr. Lisa Rafalson, chair of D'Youville's Health Services Administration Department and an assistant professor, will present her abstract "Risk Factors for Prehypertension in the Community" at the Epidemiology & Prevention | Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.

The Scientific Sessions, sponsored by the American Heart Association, will be held March 19 - 22 in New Orleans and will promote the development and application of translational and population science related to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. The promotion of cardiovascular health is also a goal, according to program information. 

"The sessions focus on obesity, nutrition, physical activity, genetics, metabolism, biomarkers, risk factors, subclinical disease, clinical disease, health populations, and global health and prevention clinical trials."

Dr. Rafalson's abstract will focus on prehypertension and factors related to its development. The study was conducted among community-dwelling adults in Erie and Niagara counties between 2003 and 2004.

"Identifying precursors to hypertension is an important strategy for intervention and prevention," she said.

A key part of the Scientific Sessions is strategies to translate advances in basic and clinical science into efforts to promote cardio metabolic health in both the clinical and population setting.

Prior to joining D'Youville in 2009, Rafalson was a National Research Service Award Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo (UB) and a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at UB.

She received D'Youville's Faculty of the Year Award in 2010 and was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Supplemental Research Grant in 2002.

Dr. Rafalson is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and earned her master's and Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. She also attended the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.