Vascular Disease in Alzheimer's and Dementia:
Opportunities for Prevention
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Lecture, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Reception, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Public Health Commons
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Considering the aging of the population and life expectancy increases, the public health burden of cognitive impairment and dementia is increasing dramatically, and it is anticipated that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults will triple by 2050. With the current lack of effective treatments, there is a growing emphasis on the need to identify modifiable risk factors such as vascular disease, and to intervene early.
Join students, faculty, and alumni as guest speaker Carol Derby of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx shares insights on the need to identify modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia in light of this anticipated dramatic increase in prevalence.
In her research, cardiovascular epidemiologist Carol A. Derby has long focused on population-based cardiovascular disease prevention, cardiovascular disease in women during midlife, and the relation between vascular health and Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults. Derby serves as research professor of neurology and of epidemiology and population health and Feil Faculty Scholar within the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is an active educator and K trainee/postdoc mentor and serves as priniciple investigator of both the New Jersey site of the NIA-funded Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) as well as PI of a project utilizing ambulatory technologies to evaluate day-to-day and long term effects of sleep quality on cognitive function.
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In December 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health mourned the passing of Kim Sutton-Tyrrell. She earned her MPH from Pitt Public Health in 1983 followed by a DrPH in 1986. She joined the epidemiology faculty in 1988 and spent the next 25 years as a dedicated investigator and teacher, rising to the rank of professor of epidemiology and vice-chair for academics.
Devoting much of her academic career to cardiovascular and women's health, Sutton-Tyrrell pioneered the uses of non-invasive techonology such as carotid ultrasound and arterial pulse wave velocity in large populations to determine the risk of cardiovascular disease. She also directed data collection and analysis for large multicenter study of women's health and the cardiovascular epidemiology training program.
Not only focused on research and teaching, Sutton-Tyrrell also exemplified service in the community. Twice each year she led events where words from the hands of faculty, staff and friends--including her own handcrafted jewelry--were sold to benefit the Evelyn H. Wei Scholarship Award in Epidemiology which provides tuition support to epidemiology master’s and doctoral students who show promise for future contributions to public health through scholarship, leadership, and/or service.
Supporting departmental programs and activities, the Kim Sutton-Tyrrell Fund was established in 2013 in memory of Sutton-Tyrrell’s many contributions to the Department of Epidemiology and her commitment to the advancement of public health on both local and global levels.
Read more about Sutton-Tyrrell in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, or University Times.
“Kim was a unique person and will be greatly missed by her collaborators and both the University of Pittsburgh and across the world. An important role model in both her research and teaching, she combined skills in statistical and epidemiological methods with expertise in clinical laboratory approaches, understanding of human biology and applications to preventative and clinical medicine.”
—Lewis Kuller, emeritus professor and long-time research collaborator
“[Kim was] a meticulously well-organized, yet creative, researcher who expressed great joy in the process of scientific discovery. She shared her enthusiasm for her work and inspired her students and colleagues.”
—Anne Newman, department chair
“Sorrow fills our hearts at Kim’s passing, but it’s important to concentrate on her life—a life that exemplified brilliance, curiosity, hard work, dedication, achievement, and, most of all, a quiet strength and generous spirit.”
—Jane Cauley, colleague
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