Trudy Burns, MPH, PhD, FAHA

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Office:  S418 CPHB 
Phone: 319-384-1550 
Faculty Profile

Brief description of current research:

Trudy L. Burns, MPH, PhD, Professor, College of Public Health, Carver College of Medicine, and College of Nursing, University of Iowa, is a biostatistician/genetic epidemiologist. Her research career has focused primarily on cardiovascular disease epidemiology as reflected in her 35-year involvement as a co-investigator, and currently as PI, with the Muscatine Study, a long-term investigation of cardiovascular risk factors, including diabetes, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, and the early manifestations of cardiovascular disease in the children, adults and families of Muscatine, IA. She currently oversees the Muscatine Study participation in the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium which is examining the importance of childhood risk factors for cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality in seven large childhood cohorts followed into young- and middle-adulthood.

3 most influential diabetes/obesity/metabolism publications:

  • Juonala M, Magnussen CG, Berenson GS, Venn A, Burns TL, Sabin MA, Srinivasan SR, Daniels SR, Davis PH, Chen W, Sun C, Cheung M, Viikari J, Dwyer T, Raitakari OT. Childhood adiposity, adult adiposity, and cardiovascular risk factors. New Engl J Med 365:1876-85, 2011. PMID: 22087679. Identified by the NHLBI as one of the two major scientific advances in cardiovascular epidemiology in fiscal year 2012.
  • Kwon S, Burns TL, Levy SM, Janz KF. Which contributes more to childhood adiposity - high levels of sedentarism or low levels of moderate-through-vigorous physical activity? The Iowa Bone Development Study. J Pediatr 162:1169-74, 2013. PMID: 23305957; PMCID: PMC3664130
  • Koskinen J, Magnussen CG, Sinaiko A, Woo J, Urbina E, Jacobs, DR Jr, Steinberger J, Prineas R, Sabin MA, Burns T, Berenson G, Bazzano L, Venn A, Viikari JSA, Hutri-Kähönen N, Raitakari O, Dwyer T, Juonala M.  Childhood age and associations between childhood metabolic syndrome and adult risk for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and carotid intima media thickness. The International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort Consortium.  J Am Heart Assoc 6(8) pii: e005632, 2017.  PMID: 28862940; PMCID: PMC5586423


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