Minneapolis scientist awarded American Heart Association prize for population research adding to knowledge of factors raising CVD risk

November 04, 2012 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2012 – The American Heart Association awarded its Population Research Prize for 2012 to epidemiologist Aaron R. Folsom, M.D., of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, “for excellence in population-based research adding importantly to knowledge of multiple factors associated with greater cardiovascular disease risk.” 
Major risk factors clarified by Folsom and his colleagues include abdominal adiposity, hemostatic and inflammatory markers, particularly fibrinogen, and the mechanisms by which these factors work, the association said in a citation accompanying the $5,000 prize. 
Folsom, also a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at the university in Minneapolis, received the prize during opening ceremonies of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012.  Association President Donna Arnett, Ph.D., of Birmingham, Ala., made the presentation.
“For the past three decades, Dr. Folsom has devoted his career to understanding cardiovascular disease occurrence at the population level and population approaches to its prevention,” Arnett said.  In important work with the Minnesota Heart Survey, the scientist focused on hypertension detection and control, on time trends in sudden death and acute heart attack, and the association of leisure time activity to coronary heart disease risk factors, Arnett said.
Folsom is a leader of several major population-based studies of the risk of atherosclerosis in ethnic groups and in communities.  His investigation of thromboembolism and its causes has added greatly to our understanding of the risk of clot formation in the veins, including lifestyle and genetic factors, Arnett said. He had a major role in the Iowa Women’s Health Study for 25 years.
Since joining the University of Minnesota as a research associate in 1980, Folsom has published more than 700 reports of the findings from his population-based studies.
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