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American College of Cardiology Recognizes PAMF Research Institute

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) will present recent findings at the upcoming American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Sessions, taking place March 9-11, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

Two abstracts authored by Powell Jose, M.D., a research physician at PAMFRI, were designated as “Best Poster,” representing approximately the top three percent scoring percentile of poster acceptances.  

 The first abstract, titled “Variation in Hypertension Prevalence among Asian American Subgroups: Results from PACS (Pan-Asian Cohort Study),” demonstrates significant heterogeneity in hypertension prevalence among Asian-American subgroups, particularly among Filipino and Japanese Americans.  The Pan-Asian Cohort Study is a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Latha Palaniappan, M.D., lead investigator at PAMFRI. The study is examining diabetes and its risk factors among Asian American subgroups.  

The second abstract came from the Causes of Asian American Mortality Understood by Socio-Economic Status (CAUSES) Study, another NIH-funded study awarded to Dr. Palaniappan and her team at PAMFRI to examine causes of death among Asian American subgroups using national mortality records.  The abstract, titled “Differences in Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Rates Among Asian American Subgroups; Results from the CAUSES Study,” showed higher rates of death due to coronary heart disease among Asian Indians and Filipinos compared to other racial/ethnic groups. 

“Both of these analyses underscore the importance of studying Asian American subgroups separately and not aggregated as is commonly done in epidemiologic surveys,” said Dr. Jose. “Research must avoid masking the significant heterogeneity that exists in cardiovascular risk factors and outcomes. Hopefully these abstracts call attention to the need for more research of direct treatment and prevention efforts to reduce health disparities among diverse communities.”  

Visit the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) website for more information on the PACS and CAUSES studies, as well as other innovative research being done at PAMFRI.  Read more PAMFRI news in the PAMF newsroom.