Sharma Receives American Heart Association Grant

Dr. Garima Sharma, director of cardio obstetrics and associate vice chair for women's careers in academic medicine, will lead a research team funded by the American Heart Association to study “The Social Determinants of the Risk of Hypertension in Women Study: Phenotyping Polysocial Risk in Women of Reproductive Age (18-44y).” This is one of five grants totaling $2 million to fund scientific research focused on better understanding the impact around the social determinants of health, social risk factors and health-related social needs on women’s hypertension in under-resourced populations.

Other collaborators on this grant include Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, associate professor in the School of Nursing, Dr. Jay Vaidya, associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Pamela Ouyang, professor in the Division of Cardiology, and investigators from Duke, Houston Methodist, Ohio State University, NIH and Columbia University. Each team will receive funding for two years and contribute data to Research Goes Red, a unique online participant-centric data registry focused on improving women’s health, established by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® initiative in collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline. Over 19,000 women have already joined Research Goes Red, connecting women in the U.S. with scientists and clinicians to involve more women in research.

For more information, view the American Heart Association press release.