The new award was presented to Kumanyika today (November 13th) at the annual Scientific Sessions of the AHA in Dallas, Texas. This award is to recognize and reward an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science and who currently heads an outstanding cardiovascular population research laboratory. The prize consists of a citation and an honorarium of $5,000.
Additionally, Kumanyika received the 2005 Dr. Herbert W. Nickens Epidemiology Award from the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc (ABC). She was honored during a luncheon associated with the ABC Congress on Saturday, November 12th, also in Dallas, Texas. This award was created to honor outstanding achievement in epidemiologic research in the area of cardiovascular disease.
Kumanyika, who is the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has trained a generation of scientists and devoted her life to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Her research focuses on the role of nutritional factors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, with a particular focus on obesity, sodium reduction and related health problems such as hypertension and diabetes.
She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of major randomized clinical trials of dietary changes in modifying cardiovascular risk factors. Her studies involve developing and evaluating culturally appropriate interventions to prevent or treat obesity among African-Americans in clinical or
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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine