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Howard D. Sesso, SCD, MPH
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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


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Research Narrative:

Dr. Sesso's primary research is in the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), especially hypertension. He is particularly interested in the relation of physical activity, obesity, and dietary factors such as antioxidant vitamins, lycopene, strawberries, and flavonoids to CVD and hypertension, as well as the role of novel biomarkers that underlie these associations. He is Co-Director of Hypertension Research in the Division of Preventive Medicine, having led the identification and validation of hypertension as an endpoint in the Women's Health Study (WHS) and Physicians' Health Study (PHS). He has received grants to examine novel biochemical and genetic markers of incident hypertension in the WHS, PHS, and Women’s Health Initiative. He is also Director of Nutrition Research in the Division, with several grants and publications in this area. Dr. Sesso’s most recent grant will allow him to examine the relation between physical activity, diet, and the onset of obesity in the WHS, PHS, and the Harvard Alumni Study. In collaboration with the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Sesso has also recently initiated clinical trials to test the role of lycopene and lutein supplements on the progression of carotid atherosclerosis and changes in coronary biomarkers in individuals with coronary heart disease.


Education:
Harvard School of Public Health , 1999, SCD
George Washington University, 1995, MPH

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Huang JY, Larose TL, Luu HN, Wang R, Fanidi A, Alcala K, Stevens VL, Weinstein SJ, Albanes D, Caporaso NE, Purdue MP, Ziegler RG, Freedman ND, Lan Q, Prentice RL, Pettinger M, Thomson CA, Cai Q, Wu J, Blot WJ, Shu XO, Zheng W, Arslan AA, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Le Marchand L, Wilkens LR, Haiman CA, Zhang X, Stampfer MJ, Han J, Giles GG, Hodge AM, Severi G, Johansson M, Grankvist K, Langhammer A, Hveem K, Xiang YB, Li HL, Gao YT, Visvanathan K, Ueland PM, Midttun Ø, Ulvi A, Buring JE, Lee IM, Sesso HD, Gaziano JM, Manjer J, Relton C, Koh WP, Brennan P, Johansson M, Yuan JM. Circulating markers of cellular immune activation in prediagnostic blood sample and lung cancer risk in the Lung Cancer Cohort Consortium (LC3). Int J Cancer. 2019 Jul 05.

2. Baker LD, Rapp SR, Shumaker SA, Manson JE, Sesso HD, Gaussoin SA, Harris D, Caudle B, Pleasants D, Espeland MA. Design and baseline characteristics of the cocoa supplement and multivitamin outcomes study for the Mind: COSMOS-Mind. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Aug; 83:57-63.

3. Rey-Lopez JP, Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Sesso HD, Lee IM. Associations of self-reported stair climbing with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality: The Harvard Alumni Health Study. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100938.

4. Laskar RS, Muller DC, Li P, Machiela MJ, Ye Y, Gaborieau V, Foll M, Hofmann JN, Colli L, Sampson JN, Wang Z, Bacq-Daian D, Boland A, Abedi-Ardekani B, Durand G, Le Calvez-Kelm F, Robinot N, Blanche H, Prokhortchouk E, Skryabin KG, Burdett L, Yeager M, Radojevic-Skodric S, Savic S, Foretova L, Holcatova I, Janout V, Mates D, Rascu S, Mukeria A, Zaridze D, Bencko V, Cybulski C, Fabianova E, Jinga V, Lissowska J, Lubinski J, Navratilova M, Rudnai P, Swiatkowska B, Benhamou S, Cancel-Tassin G, Cussenot O, Trichopoulou A, Riboli E, Overvad K, Panico S, Ljungberg B, Sitaram RT, Giles GG, Milne RL, Severi G, Bruinsma F, Fletcher T, Koppova K, Larsson SC, Wolk A, Banks RE, Selby PJ, Easton DF, Pharoah P, Andreotti G, Beane Freeman LE, Koutros S, Albanes D, Männistö S, Weinstein S, Clark PE, Edwards TL, Lipworth L, Carol H, Freedman ML, Pomerantz MM, Cho E, Kraft P, Preston MA, Wilson KM, Michael Gaziano J, Sesso HD, Black A, Freedman ND, Huang WY, Anema JG, Kahnoski RJ, Lane BR, Noyes SL, Petillo D, Teh BT, Peters U, White E, Anderson GL, Johnson L, Luo J, Chow WH, Moore LE, Choueiri TK, Wood C, Johansson M, McKay JD, Brown KM, Rothman N, Lathrop MG, Deleuze JF, Wu X, Brennan P, Chanock SJ, Purdue MP, Scelo G. Sex specific associations in genome wide association analysis of renal cell carcinoma. Eur J Hum Genet. 2019 Jun 23.

5. Hall KT, Kessler T, Buring JE, Passow D, Sesso HD, Zee RYL, Ridker PM, Chasman DI, Schunkert H. Genetic variation at the coronary artery disease risk locus GUCY1A3 modifies cardiovascular disease prevention effects of aspirin. Eur Heart J. 2019 Jun 22.

6. Hall K, Weinstein S, Buring J, Mukamal K, Moorthy MV, Ridker P, Albanes D, Cook N, Chasman D, Sesso H. COMT Effects on Vitamin E and Colorectal Cancer, in-vitro and in Two Randomized Trials (P15-005-19). Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun; 3(Suppl 1).

7. Chen L, Zhu H, Gutin B, Sesso H, Dong Y. Higher Chocolate Candy Intake Is Associated with Longer Telomere Length Among Adolescents (P01-018-19). Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun; 3(Suppl 1).

8. Seidu S, Kunutsor SK, Sesso HD, Gaziano JM, Buring JE, Roncaglioni MC, Khunti K. Aspirin has potential benefits for primary prevention of cardiovascular outcomes in diabetes: updated literature-based and individual participant data meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2019 Jun 03; 18(1):70.

9. Matsumoto C, Yoruk A, Wang L, Gaziano JM, Sesso HD. Fish and omega-3 fatty acid consumption and risk of hypertension. J Hypertens. 2019 Jun; 37(6):1223-1229.

10. Yu B, Zanetti KA, Temprosa M, Albanes D, Appel N, Barrera CB, Ben-Shlomo Y, Boerwinkle E, Casas JP, Clish C, Dale C, Dehghan A, Derkach A, Eliassen AH, Elliott P, Fahy E, Gieger C, Gunter MJ, Harada S, Harris T, Herr DR, Herrington D, Hirschhorn JN, Hoover E, Hsing AW, Johansson M, Kelly RS, Khoo CM, Kivimäki M, Kristal BS, Langenberg C, Lasky-Su J, Lawlor DA, Lotta LA, Mangino M, Le Marchand L, Mathé E, Matthews CE, Menni C, Mucci LA, Murphy R, Oresic M, Orwoll E, Ose J, Pereira AC, Playdon MC, Poston L, Price J, Qi Q, Rexrode K, Risch A, Sampson J, Seow WJ, Sesso HD, Shah SH, Shu XO, Smith GCS, Sovio U, Stevens VL, Stolzenberg-Solomon R, Takebayashi T, Tillin T, Travis R, Tzoulaki I, Ulrich CM, Vasan RS, Verma M, Wang Y, Wareham NJ, Wong A, Younes N, Zhao H, Zheng W, Moore SC. The Consortium of Metabolomics Studies (COMETS): Metabolomics in 47 Prospective Cohort Studies. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jun 01; 188(6):991-1012.