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 30-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 has oversight for the Muscatine Study participation in the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium which is examining the importance of childhood risk factors for subclinical cardiovascular disease in seven large childhood cohorts followed into young- and middle-adulthood. She is PI of “Lifestyle Intervention to Improve the Health of Muscatine Middle School Students” an active intervention study, funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, that involves collection of extensive information from students about their health, physical activity patterns, dietary intake, and sleep habits, and the measurement of cardiovascular risk factors including adiposity and fasting glucose, implementation of the interdisciplinary Planet Health curriculum, and the identification of opportunities and programs that will encourage students to be more physically active.

3 most influential diabetes/obesity/metabolism publications:

  • Burns TL, Letuchy EM, Paulos R and Witt J. Childhood predictors of the metabolic syndrome in middle-aged adults: the Muscatine Study. J Pediatr 155:S5.e17-26, 2009. Part of a supplement that includes papers based on a NICHD metabolic syndrome workshop held in January 2008. PMID: 19732563; PMCID: PMC2739835
  • 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. Epub January 8, 2013. PMID: 23305957; PMCID: PMC3664130