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Yuan Ma, Ph.D.

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As an epidemiologist trained in preventive medicine, cardiovascular epidemiology, and aging epidemiology, Dr. Ma's research interests lie in the epidemiology and prevention of aging-related diseases, with a focus on cardiovascular disease and vascular contributions to brain aging and dementia. Dr. Ma's research work has investigated modifiable vascular risk factors and the development of effective intervention strategies for the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in prospective cohort studies, randomized trials, and health policy modeling studies. Dr. Ma's current research work aims to improve our understanding of how vascular factors contribute to brain aging and dementia using multidisciplinary approaches that integrate advanced epidemiological methods with cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques, neuropathology data, and multi-omics methods in epidemiological studies. Dr. Ma is a recipient of the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, the National Academy of Medicine Healthy Longevity Catalyst Award, and the NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award.

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  1. 2000012740 (MA, YUAN) Oct 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2022
    National Academy of Medicine
    Healthy Longevity Global Competition Catalyst Award
    Role Description: Dynamic Signature of Cuffless Blood Pressure and Risk of Subclinical Brain Disease and Dementia
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. K99AG071742 (MA, YUAN) Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2023
    Epidemiologic, imaging and pathological studies of the role of blood pressure variability in dementia etiology
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. 20POST35120057 (MA, YUAN) Jan 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2021
    American Heart Association
    Sodium intake and cardiovascular risk: a pooled analysis of cohorts with multiple 24-hour urine samples
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. R01AG047975 (VISWANATHAN, ANAND) Sep 30, 2014 - Mar 31, 2026
    Vascular Pathology in Early and Asymptomatic Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy
    Role: Co-Investigator

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  1. Ma Y, Cook NR, Hu FB. Daily Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion and Cardiovascular Risk. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2022 06 02; 386(22):e60. PMID: 35648724.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Ma Y, He FJ, Sun Q, Yuan C, Kieneker LM, Curhan GC, MacGregor GA, Bakker SJL, Campbell NRC, Wang M, Rimm EB, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hofman A, Gansevoort RT, Cook NR, Hu FB. 24-Hour Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion and Cardiovascular Risk. N Engl J Med. 2022 01 20; 386(3):252-263. PMID: 34767706; PMCID: PMC9153854.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Ma Y, Blacker D, Viswanathan A, van Veluw SJ, Bos D, Vernooij MW, Hyman BT, Tzourio C, Das S, Hofman A. Visit-to-Visit Blood Pressure Variability, Neuropathology, and Cognitive Decline. Neurology. 2021 06 08; 96(23):e2812-e2823. PMID: 33903194; PMCID: PMC8205457.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  4. Ma Y, Zhou J, Kavousi M, Lipsitz LA, Mattace-Raso F, Westerhof BE, Wolters FJ, Wu JW, Manor B, Ikram MK, Goudsmit J, Hofman A, Ikram MA. Lower complexity and higher variability in beat-to-beat systolic blood pressure are associated with elevated long-term risk of dementia: The Rotterdam Study. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 07; 17(7):1134-1144. PMID: 33860609; PMCID: PMC9153897.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Ma Y, Tully PJ, Hofman A, Tzourio C. Blood Pressure Variability and Dementia: A State-of-the-Art Review. Am J Hypertens. 2020 12 31; 33(12):1059-1066. PMID: 32710605.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Li Q, Zanon Zotin MC, Warren AD, Ma Y, Gurol E, Goldstein JN, Greenberg SM, Charidimou A, Raposo N, Viswanathan A. CT-Visible Convexity Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is Associated With Cortical Superficial Siderosis and Predicts Recurrent ICH. Neurology. 2021 02 16; 96(7):e986-e994. PMID: 33087495; PMCID: PMC8055336.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Ma Y, Yilmaz P, Bos D, Blacker D, Viswanathan A, Ikram MA, Hofman A, Vernooij MW, Ikram MK. Blood Pressure Variation and Subclinical Brain Disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 05 19; 75(19):2387-2399. PMID: 32408975; PMCID: PMC9049233.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. He FJ, Tan M, Ma Y, MacGregor GA. Salt Reduction to Prevent Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease: JACC State-of-the-Art Review. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 02 18; 75(6):632-647. PMID: 32057379.
    Citations: 65     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Ma Y, Song A, Viswanathan A, Blacker D, Vernooij MW, Hofman A, Papatheodorou S. Blood Pressure Variability and Cerebral Small Vessel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Population-Based Cohorts. Stroke. 2020 01; 51(1):82-89. PMID: 31771460.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Ma Y, Wolters FJ, Chibnik LB, Licher S, Ikram MA, Hofman A, Ikram MK. Variation in blood pressure and long-term risk of dementia: A population-based cohort study. PLoS Med. 2019 11; 16(11):e1002933. PMID: 31714941; PMCID: PMC6850672.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. He FJ, Ma Y, Campbell NRC, MacGregor GA, Cogswell ME, Cook NR. Formulas to Estimate Dietary Sodium Intake From Spot Urine Alter Sodium-Mortality Relationship. Hypertension. 2019 09; 74(3):572-580. PMID: 31352828.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. He FJ, Campbell NRC, Ma Y, MacGregor GA, Cogswell ME, Cook NR. Response to: Errors in application of the Kawasaki formula to estimate sodium intake, and false interpretation of data, misclassify the relationship of sodium intake with mortality. Int J Epidemiol. 2019 06 01; 48(3):1019-1020. PMID: 30859198.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
  13. Lv X, Li W, Ma Y, Chen H, Zeng Y, Yu X, Hofman A, Wang H. Cognitive decline and mortality among community-dwelling Chinese older people. BMC Med. 2019 03 15; 17(1):63. PMID: 30871536; PMCID: PMC6419492.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. He FJ, Campbell NRC, Ma Y, MacGregor GA, Cogswell ME, Cook NR. Errors in estimating usual sodium intake by the Kawasaki formula alter its relationship with mortality: implications for public health. Int J Epidemiol. 2018 12 01; 47(6):1784-1795. PMID: 30517688.
    Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  15. Ma Y, He FJ, Yin Y, Hashem KM, MacGregor GA. Gradual reduction of sugar in soft drinks without substitution as a strategy to reduce overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes: a modelling study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 Feb; 4(2):105-14. PMID: 26777597.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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