Dr. Virginia J. Howard, professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, has been honored with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Commitment Award in recognition of her dedication to discovering novel and powerful approaches to reducing the burden of stroke and heart disease on a national level, as well as for her outstanding contributions to the National Forum.
[Photo: Dr. Virginia J. Howard]
The National Forum is a collective group of organizations, associations, and pharmaceuticals, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Public Health Association, the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, the CDC Foundation, the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, the American Society of Hypertension, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the YMCA, and Bayer HealthCare. Dr. Howard has been a member since 2005 and served as a founding member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Implementation Group and a member of the annual meeting planning committee since 2011. She was a member of the writing group for the 2007 position paper on surveillance needs to support heart disease and stroke prevention.
Dr. Howard’s research interests include stroke symptoms and associated risk factors, early life exposures related to later life health, and risk factors for outcomes following carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting. Throughout her career, she has been a collaborator in many NIH-funded primary and secondary stroke prevention clinical trials, including the Asymptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis Study (ACAS), the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) trial, the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial (CREST), and the recently initiated Carotid Revascularization and Medical Management for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Trial (CREST-2). Additionally, Dr. Howard is a principal investigator in REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS), a national population-based longitudinal study of African-Americans and whites focused on determining risk factors that will help explain the excess stroke mortality in the Southeastern United States and among African-Americans across the entire country.