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AHA awards abstract linking adolescent arterial stiffness to elevated resting heart rate in young adulthood

MD, Doctoral Researcher Andrew Agbaje of the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition has won an American Heart Association 2022 Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award for the abstract “Adolescent Arterial Stiffness Precedes Elevated Resting Heart Rate In Young Adulthood: A 7-year Temporal Longitudinal Analysis Using Cross-lagged Structural Equation Model”.

The award is presented to the primary author of the highest-ranked abstract submitted from each country to the American Heart Association’s EPI |Lifestyle Scientific Sessions 2022. This award is named for Dr. Paul Dudley White, who was a founding father of the American Heart Association and an early leader in preventive cardiology. It reflects Dr. White’s vision for global excellence in cardiovascular science and medicine.

Moreover, Andrew Agbaje has been nominated as one of five finalists for the Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Research Award for New Investigators. The award is named in appreciation of Stamler’s seminal contributions to cardiovascular disease epidemiology. The award recognizes and stimulates excellence in research by investigators in training. The winner of the Jeremiah and Rose Stamler award will be announced during the 2022 EPI |Lifestyle Scientific Sessions. 

We have shown for the first time in a large pediatric population that adolescent arterial stiffness is a potential cause of hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, and hyperinsulinemia in early adulthood.

Andrew Agbaje

MD, Doctoral Researcher

Andrew Abgaje