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JoAnn Elisabeth Manson, MD. DrPH
Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Preventive Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: 900-930 Commonwealth Avenue


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Research Narrative:

The focus of Dr. Manson’s research has been women's health, randomized clinical trials in cardiovascular disease prevention, and population health/translational research.  She has studied the role of lifestyle factors, diet, micronutrient supplementation, and reproductive and hormonal factors as predictors of chronic disease in women.  Other major interests include the role of vitamin D, omega-3s, and folate in the prevention of CVD, diabetes, and cancer. She has studied extensively the role of moderate-intensity exercise as compared with vigorous exercise in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer in women.  She has also been actively involved in studies of biomarker and genetic predictors of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  She is one of the lead investigators on several landmark women’s health studies, including the Women’s Health Initiative, the Nurses’ Health Study, the Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study, and others. 


Honors/Awards:
“Woman in Science” Award from the American Medical Women’s Association in 2003, election to membership in the Association of American Physicians in 2005, the Harvard College Women’s Professional Achievement Award in 2006, fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2007, the American Heart Association’s Population Research Prize in 2010 and Distinguished Scientist Award in 2011, election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2011.

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Kaunitz AM, Pinkerton JV, Manson JE. Women harmed by vaginal laser for treatment of GSM-the latest casualties of fear and confusion surrounding hormone therapy. Menopause. 2019 Apr; 26(4):338-340.

2. Jiménez MC, Manson JE, Cook NR, Kawachi I, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Haring B, Nassir R, Rhee JJ, Sealy-Jefferson S, Rexrode KM. Racial Variation in Stroke Risk Among Women by Stroke Risk Factors. Stroke. 2019 Apr; 50(4):797-804.

3. Liu G, Guasch-Ferré M, Hu Y, Li Y, Hu FB, Rimm EB, Manson JE, Rexrode KM, Sun Q. Nut Consumption in Relation to Cardiovascular Disease Incidence and Mortality Among Patients With Diabetes Mellitus. Circ Res. 2019 Mar 15; 124(6):920-929.

4. Maki PM, Girard LM, Manson JE. Menopausal hormone therapy and cognition. BMJ. 2019 Mar 06; 364:l877.

5. Huang T, Wang T, Heianza Y, Zheng Y, Sun D, Kang JH, Pasquale LR, Rimm EB, Manson JE, Hu FB, Qi L. Habitual consumption of long-chain n-3 PUFAs and fish attenuates genetically associated long-term weight gain. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Mar 01; 109(3):665-673.

6. Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Kamensky V, Manson JE, Silver B, Rapp SR, Haring B, Beresford SAA, Snetselaar L, Wassertheil-Smoller S. Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Stroke, Coronary Heart Disease, and All-Cause Mortality in the Women's Health Initiative. Stroke. 2019 Mar; 50(3):555-562.

7. Hall PS, Nah G, Vittinghoff E, Parker DR, Manson JE, Howard BV, Sarto GE, Gass ML, Sealy-Jefferson SM, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Stefanick ML, Shadyab AH, Van Horn LV, Park K, Parikh NI. Relation of Pregnancy Loss to Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Parous Postmenopausal Women (From the Women's Health Initiative). Am J Cardiol. 2019 Feb 22.

8. Keum N, Lee DH, Greenwood DC, Manson JE, Giovannucci E. Vitamin D Supplements and Total Cancer Incidence and Mortality: a Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Ann Oncol. 2019 Feb 22.

9. Zhang X, Tu W, Manson JE, Tinker L, Liu S, Cauley JA, Qi L, Mouton C, Martin LW, Hou L, Song Y. Racial/Ethnic Differences in 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone Levels and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Postmenopausal Women. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Feb 19; 8(4):e011021.

10. Freeborne N, Simmens SJ, Manson JE, Howard BV, Cené CW, Allison MA, Corbie-Smith G, Bell CL, Denburg NL, Martin LW. Perceived social support and the risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Menopause. 2019 Feb 19.