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Martha L. Daviglus, MD, PhD, MPH

Director of the Institute for Minority Health Research Associate, Vice Chancellor for Research

Professor, Department of Medicine

BIRCWH Mentor, Institute for Minority Health Research


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Dr. Daviglus is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Minority Health Research, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). An alumna of UIC (class of 1995), she moved from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to her alma mater (UIC) in June 2012. Her research activities have concentrated on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and minority health disparities, for which she has received numerous grants and awards including the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. Dr. Daviglus has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1995 and has been involved in investigating associations of traditional cardiovascular and nutritional risk factors with long-term coronary and cardiovascular morbidity (clinical and subclinical) and mortality in middle-aged and older men and women. Dr. Daviglus’ other research interests focus on the benefits in older age, in terms of health care costs and health-related quality of life, of favorable (low risk) cardiovascular risk profile earlier in life, and on women’s health. Dr. Daviglus is the principal investigator on a number of longitudinal studies including on the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Chicago Field Center, the Chicago Healthy Aging Study, and the UIC Cohort of Patients, Family, and Friends. She also serves as Director of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Research Training Program on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention.

Selected Publications

Hernandez R, Allen NB, Liu K, Stamler J, Reid KJ, Zee PC, Wu D, Kang J, Garside DB, Daviglus ML. Association of Depressive Symptoms, Trait Anxiety, and Perceived Stress with Subclinical Atherosclerosis: Results from the Chicago Healthy Aging Study (CHAS). Prev Med. 2014 Jan 13. pii:S0091-7435(14)00017-6. NIHMS 556507

Redline S, Sotres-Alvares D, Loredo J, Hall M, Patel SR, Ramos A, Shah N, Ries A, Arens R, Barnhart J, Youngblood M, Zee P, Daviglus ML. Sleep Disordered Breathing in Hispanic/Latino Individuals of Diverse Backgrounds: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014
Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24392863. Doi 10.1164/rccm.201309-1735OC

Prendergast HM, Dudley S, Kane J, Daviglus ML, Marcucci J, Acosta A, Bunney EB, Richardson D, O’Neal T. Progression of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in Ethnic Minorities. High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev. 2013 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24235072.

Hankinson AL, Daviglus ML, Van Horn L, Chan Q, Brown I, Holmes E, Elliott P, Stamler J. Diet composition and activity level of at risk and metabolically healthy obese American adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013;21(3):637-43. PMCID: PMC3416914

Stamler J, Brown IJ, Daviglus ML, Chan Q, Miura K, Okuda N, Ueshima H, Zhao L, Elliott P. Dietary glycine and blood pressure: the International Study on Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98(1):136-45. Epub 2013 May 8. PMCID: PMC3683815

Ebbels TM, De Iorio M, Posma J, Daviglus ML, Carnethon M, Holmes E, Nicholson JK, Elliott P; for the INTERMAP Research Group. Dietary and Urinary Metabonomic Factors Possibly Accounting for Higher Blood Pressure of Black Compared With White Americans: Results of International Collaborative Study on
Macro-/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure. Hypertension. 2013. PMID: 24101663. PMC Journal-In Process

Daviglus ML, Talavera GA, Avilés-Santa ML, Sorlie PD, Stamler J, et al. Prevalence of Major Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Diseases Among Hispanic/ Latino Individuals of Diverse Backgrounds in the United States. JAMA. 2012;308(17):1775-1784. PMCID: PMC3777250

Liu K, Daviglus ML, Loria CM, Colangelo LA, Spring B, Moller AC, Lloyd-Jones DM. Healthy lifestyle through young adulthood and the presence of low cardiovascular disease risk profile in middle age: the CARDIA Study. Circulation. 28 2012;125(8):996-1004. PMCID: PMC3353808

Yan LL, Daviglus ML, Liu K, Stamler J, Wang R, Pirzada A, Garside DB, Dyer AR, Van Horn L, Liao Y, Fries JF, Greenland P. Midlife body mass index and hospitalization and mortality in older age. JAMA 2006;295(2):190-8. PMID: 16403931

Daviglus ML, Liu K. Today’s agenda: we must focus on achieving favorable levels of all risk factors simultaneously. (Editorial). Arch Intern Med. 2004;164:2086-7.

Daviglus ML, Liu K., Yan LL, Pirzada A, Manheim L, Manning W, Garside DB, Wang R, Dyer AR, Greenland P, Stamler J. Relation of body mass index in young adulthood and middle age to Medicare expenditures in older age. JAMA 2004; 292:2743-49.

Daviglus ML, Stamler J, Pirzada A, Yan LY, Garside DB, Liu K, Wang R, Dyer AR, Lloyd-Jones DM, Greenland P. Favorable cardiovascular risk profile in young women and long-term risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. JAMA 2004; 292:1588-92.

Stamler J, Daviglus ML, Garside DB, Dyer AR, Greenland P, Neaton J. Relation of baseline serum cholesterol in three large cohorts of younger men to long-term coronary, cardiovascular, and all causes mortality, and to longevity. JAMA 2000; 284:311-8.

Stamler J, Stamler R, Neaton JD, Wentworth D, Daviglus ML, Garside DB, Dyer AR. Greenland P, Liu K. Low-risk factor profile and long-term cardiovascular and noncardiovascular mortality and life expectancy: Findings for 5 large cohorts of young adult and middle-aged men and women. JAMA 1999;282:2012-18.

Daviglus ML, Liu K, Manheim L, Garside DB, Greenland P, Dyer AR, Lowe L, Rodin M, Stamler J. Benefits of a favorable cardiovascular risk-factor profile in middle age with respect to Medicare costs. N Eng J Med 1998;339:1122-9.