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EBC PhotoElizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD

Distinguished Professor
Division of Epidemiology, Chief

Contact information

University of California, San Diego
Department of Family and Preventative Medicine
9500 Gilman Dr #0607                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
La Jolla, California 92093-0607                                                                    
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Phone: (858) 534-0511
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April 2011


B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1956.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1960.
D.C.M.T., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 1965.

Expertise and Research Interests:

Elizabeth Barrett-Connor is a Professor and Division Chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Her research concerns healthy aging with a particular focus on gender differences and women's health. Her pioneering work spans many areas including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, memory loss and exogenous and endogenous hormones. She is author of more than 700 publications. Epidemiologic studies of normative aging and diseases of adult life, particularly cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause, memory loss, and lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.). Both observational/analytic studies of an established cohort (Rancho Bernardo) and clinical trials are ongoing.

Future Research:

Continued epidemiologic studies and clinical trials related to women's health, gender differences and diverse chronic diseases of aging.

Other Expertise:

Dr. Barrett-Connor is founder and director of the Rancho Bernardo Heart and Chronic Disease Study, now in its 40th year, with continuous support from the National Institutes of Health, including four merit awards. The Rancho Bernardo Study has also received seminal support from the American Heart Association. She is (or was) Principal Investigator of several multi-center clinical trials including the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions (PEPI) study, the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study (HERS), the Raloxifene Use in The Heart (RUTH) trial, and is co-PI of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Dr. Barrett-Connor has served as Chair of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association; President of the Epidemiology Council of the American Heart Association; President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research; President of the American Epidemiological Society; Member of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board, and of the Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging, and of The NIH Fogarty International center. She is a Master of the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Current Research includes:

Testosterone therapy in men
Lifestyle prevention and diabetes
Natural history of Osteoporosis in men
Numerous small clinical trials related to multiple outcomes
Many previous large clinical trials including the RUTH Trial