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Pamela Rist, ScD
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

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


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Research Narrative:

My research interests are focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (particularly stroke) and neurologic disease (especially those with a vascular component) with the goal of identifying ways to reduce the morbidity burden associated with stroke, migraine, and cognitive decline. In an effort to reduce the morbidity burden from cardiovascular and neurologic disease and understand the underlying biology behind cardiovascular and neurologic disease morbidity, my research has focused on four main areas: (1) the functional consequences of migraine, (2) elucidating factors that ameliorate the impact of cognitive impairment on incident disability, (3) risk factors for functional outcomes from stroke, and (4) risk factors for overall cerebrovascular disease burden in the brains of ischemic stroke patients. I currently have a K01 award from the NHLBI to examine whether supplementation with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids improves stroke outcomes and whether cardiovascular disease risk factors increase overall cerebrovascular disease burden in the brains of ischemic stroke patients.