Robinson appointed to National Forum Board of Directors

Jennifer Robinson. Photo by Tom LangdonJennifer Robinson, CPH professor of epidemiology, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention’s Board of Directors. The National Forum is a multidisciplinary, non-profit health organization addressing cardiovascular health. Its members represent more than 80 national and international organizations from public and private health care organizations, as well as faith, advocacy, academic, and policy settings.

Robinson is a professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine (Division of Cardiology) and the director of the Prevention Intervention Center at the University of Iowa. She has performed numerous clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical industry and conducted extensive research on a wide range of anti-atherosclerotic and metabolic agents, including lipid-modifying, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, weight loss and diabetic treatments, as well as postmenopausal hormone therapy.

Dr. Robinson is the principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) at the University of Iowa and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in the area of lipids-modifying drugs, cardiovascular risk stratification, and cardiovascular prevention. She is also the chair for the National Forum Cholesterol Risk Awareness Initiative. Prior to her current work, she was vice-chair for the 2013 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Cholesterol Guidelines and a member of the 2013 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Risk Reduction Guidelines.

Diet Drinks May Increase Heart Disease Risk

Drinking two or more diet drinks a day may increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, in otherwise healthy postmenopausal women, according to a new UI study. In addition to lead investigator Ankur Vyas, a fellow in cardiovascular disease at UI Hospitals and Clinics, the study team included Linda Rubenstein, Jennifer Robinson, Linda Snetselaar, and Robert Wallace from the UI College of Public Health, along with other colleagues.

The study, which analyzed diet drink intake and cardiovascular health in almost 60,000 women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, found that compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease. Vyas says the association between diet drinks and cardiovascular problems raises more questions than it answers, and should stimulate further research.