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Carlos Arturo Camargo, Jr., Dr.P.H., M.D.

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Biography
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthDrPH,1996
UC San FranciscoMD1990
UC BerkeleyMPH1989
Stanford UniversityBA1983

Overview
In 1982, while an undergraduate, Dr Camargo started the first of several studies on the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption. The focus of this research, including his doctoral thesis at Harvard School of Public Health, was the relation between moderate drinking and cardiovascular disease. Dr Camargo’s expertise in nutritional epidemiology led to his service on the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Since 1996, Dr Camargo’s primary area of research has been respiratory/allergy diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and food allergy. He is studying the etiology and management of these diseases in several large cohorts. In 1998, his team described a strong association between obesity and risk of developing asthma. In 2006, they described a strong inverse association between maternal intake of vitamin D during pregnancy and childhood wheezing. In 2007, they reported a north-south gradient in epinephrine autoinjector prescriptions and proposed an etiologic role for vitamin D. Subsequent randomized trials showed beneficial effects of vitamin D supplementation on winter-related atopic dermatitis (2008) and acute respiratory infections (2012) in children. These novel findings suggested new avenues for the prevention and management of several respiratory/allergy disorders.

Dr Camargo is the Conn Chair in Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He chairs the Steering Committee of the Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), a clinical research network involving >220 emergency departments. He founded the network in 1996 and, to date, the group has completed numerous observational studies and randomized trials. Most of these studies focus on respiratory/allergy emergencies, health policy issues in emergency care, and mental health (e.g., suicide prevention). As Director of the EMNet Coordinating Center at MGH, he is actively involved in all of these multicenter projects.

Dr Camargo is past president of the American College of Epidemiology. He also has served on many national committees related to nutrition, respiratory/allergy diseases, emergency medicine, and public health.

Mentoring
Asthma Action Plans and Education in the Emergency Department
Part Time/Continuation, 10/01/98 - 05/20/99
Survey of the Usage of Complementary and Alternative Therapies Among Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department
Summer, 06/24/02 - 08/16/02
US Emergency Department Visits for Alcohol-related Diseases and Injuries
Part Time/Continuation, 09/01/01 - 12/31/01
Epidemiology of Asthma and COPD in Nurses' Health Study
Part Time, 02/01/01 - 06/15/01
Survey of the Usae of Complementary and Alternative Therapies Among Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department PASTEUR
Summer, 06/25/01 - 08/17/01

Research
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  1. R01AI127507 (CAMARGO, CARLOS A.) Dec 6, 2016 - Nov 30, 2021
    NIH
    Nasal microRNA during bronchiolitis and age 6y asthma phenotypes: MARC-35 cohort
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. UG3OD023253 (CAMARGO, CARLOS ARTURO) Sep 21, 2016 - May 31, 2025
    NIH
    Host genetics, early-life microbiome, and childhood asthma: MARC-43 Boston
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. UH3OD023253 (CAMARGO, CARLOS A.) Sep 21, 2016 - Aug 31, 2023
    NIH
    Airway microbiome and age 6y asthma phenotypes in 2 diverse multicenter cohorts
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. R01HS023305 (CAMARGO, CARLOS A.) Sep 30, 2015 - Aug 31, 2020
    NIH
    Comparative Effectiveness Research on Hospital Readmissions for COPD
    Role: Principal Investigator
  5. R01AI114552 (CAMARGO, CARLOS A.) Dec 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2020
    NIH
    Infant specific-IgE, rhinovirus-C bronchiolitis, and incident asthma in MARC-35
    Role: Principal Investigator
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.