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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Preventive Medicine. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • 04.02.2020

    Nicholas Soulakis, PhD, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine in the Divisions of Health and Biomedical Informatics and Epidemiology, is taking a leave of absence from the medical school to work as an epidemiologist in the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) Office of Policy, Planning and Statistics.

    Soulakis, who specializes in epidemiological surveillance, will help the IDPH understand the number of Illinoisans infected with COVID-19 and predict how long the outbreak will last.

  • 02.14.2020
    Drinking flavanol-rich cocoa three times a day improved walking distance in individuals with peripheral artery disease, reports a new Northwestern Medicine pilot study published in Circulation Research.
  • 12.03.2019

  • Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD, MPH, FAHA was named Chief of the Division of Epidemiology for the Department of Preventive Medicine

    We are delighted to announce that as of November 1, 2019, Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD, MPH, FAHA was named Chief of the Division of Epidemiology for the Department of Preventive Medicine.  In her new role, she will oversee administrative, research, and outreach activities of the Epidemiology Division.

    Dr. Rasmussen-Torvik joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 2010.  She earned an AB degree from Dartmouth in Biogenetics and MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology also at the University of Minnesota. In 2014 she was appointed a Fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

    Dr. Rasmussen-Torvik is a collaborative epidemiologist whose research primarily focuses on three areas: (1) the implementation of common genetic variants into clinical care; (2) the genetic epidemiology of diabetes-related traits, obesity, and heart failure; and (3) the use of electronic health records in genetic and epidemiologic research.   Her current work is funded by NHLBI, NHGRI, NICHD, NCATS, NINDS and CDC and she has held leadership roles in many multi-site cohort studies and consortia;  she is currently the leader of the pharmacogenomics workgroup for the eMERGE consortium.   She has published over 100 original research manuscripts, reviews and editorials in in leading peer reviewed medical and public health journals. Additionally, her research has been disseminated by the lay press in outlets including ABC News, CBS News, and NPR.  

  • 10.29.2019
    Considered the founding father of preventive cardiology, Jeremiah Stamler, MD, who celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 27, is still conducting ‘brilliant science,’ according to his colleagues.
  • 10.01.2019
    Chronically high blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes can damage tissues throughout the body, such as the nerves, eyes, or kidneys. These vascular complications are a leading cause of death for patients, and scientists have been working toward designing a noninvasive, simple means to detect them early on in the course of disease progression. Typically, clinicians rely on a series of separate tests—from urine screens and ultrasounds to eye examinations—to estimate the risk of developing complications. A blood test based on a biomarker associated with a range of such issues would save time for patients and be more convenient for clinicians.
  • 09.12.2019

  • 08.26.2019

    Some physicians do not counsel cancer survivors on adopting a healthy lifestyle, study reports.

  • 08.23.2019
  • 07.23.2019
    Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed and validated a tool to predict which patients with pre-osteoarthritis are at high risk for developing disability in the future.
  • 06.27.2019
    A first-of-its-kind longitudinal study led by Northwestern Medicine will track young adults' lung health nationwide to better understand the key risk factors and biomarkers associated with impaired lung health.
  • 06.21.2019
    More than 80 percent of antibiotics prescribed before dental procedures to prevent infection are unnecessary, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.
  • 06.05.2019
    Medical student Shahzeb Hassan founded a preventive medicine student interest group at Feinberg and also co-authored a recent piece in JAMA Internal Medicine about precision preventive medicine.
  • 05.22.2019
    Cholesterol levels in U.S. youth have improved from 1999 to 2016, but only half of children and adolescents are in the ideal range, according to a new study published in JAMA. 
  • 05.02.2019

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  • 02.13.2019

    Scientists identified over 500 genetic variants associated with tobacco or alcohol use, in a genome-wide association study recently published in Nature Genetics.

  • 09.25.2018

  • 09.19.2018

    Mark Huffman, cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, breaks down the new study that shows how daily aspirin use can be harmful for healthy, older adults. / Fox32

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