Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Howard, professor in the department of epidemiology, and Dr. George Howard, professor in the department of biostatistics, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, were recently honored as co-recipients of St. Andrews University’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of their “dedication to service, high ideals, and achievements in multiple disciplines.” The award ceremony will take place in April 2015 in North Carolina.
Ginny’s research interests include stroke symptoms and associated risk factors, life-course exposure to the stroke belt geographic region, and risk factors for outcomes following carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting.
George has participated in multicenter ultrasound efforts and analyses, including ARIC and ACAS, and published extensively in the analysis of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk factors. He has an interest in the development and application of statistical techniques in large multicenter clinical trials and epidemiological studies.
Together, the researchers lead the statistical and data coordinating center team for the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial (CREST), an NIH-funded multicenter, secondary stroke prevention clinical trial that seeks to contrast the relative efficacy of carotid angioplasty stenting versus carotid endarterectomy in preventing stroke, myocardial infarction, or death during a 30-day peri-procedural period, or stroke ipsilateral to the study artery over the follow-up period, as well as the 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.