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Kentucky: Dr. Donna Arnett Named World Expert in Hypertension

Dr. Donna K. Arnett, dean and professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, was recently named an Expertscape World Expert in hypertension. Dr. Arnett received this recognition for being in the top 0.076 percent of scholars writing about hypertension over the past ten years.

With 24 years of continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, Dr. Arnett studies genes related to hypertensive disorders and organ damage that results from hypertension — an interest she developed early in her career while working as a clinical research nurse. A past president of the American Heart Association (AHA), she has led the AHA’s Research Committee and Scientific Publishing Committee. Dr. Arnett is also an elected fellow of the AHA, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Epidemiological Society. She has more than 20 years of experience leading the recruitment and oversight of large, multi-site cohort studies, including the Minnesota Heart Survey and the NIH-sponsored clinical study “The Genetics of Lipid Lowering and Diet Network” (GOLDN). Dr. Arnett has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers and two books. In 2017 she received the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association.

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