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Utah StARR Scholar News (Archive)

Kathleen Campbell is the first Utah StARR Graduate

The Utah StARR team is pleased to announce Dr. Kathleen Campbell as the first scholar to complete the Utah StARR Program. Dr. Campbell was awarded a Developmental Pediatrics Fellowship with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Campbell's final year in the Utah StARR Program focused on completing her StARR research blocks, publishing multiple papers, and research projects. Dr. Campbell was awarded "Best Trainee Poster" for her submission to the 9th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Cardiac Neurodevelopment Outcome Collaborative. Dr. Kola Okuyemi and Dr. Molly Conroy are proud of the exemplary work and relationships created by Dr. Campbell during her time within the Utah StARR Program. The Utah StARR team looks forward to watching Dr. Campbell's progress in the next chapter of her research-investigator career!

Alex Zheutlin Interviewed by Medscape Cardiology

Dr. Alex Zheutlin was interviewed by Medscape Cardiology to discuss his publication in JAMA Network Open: "Analysis of Therapeutic Inertia and Race and Ethnicity in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial". Dr. Zheutlin stated in the interview that, "overall, we found that therapeutic inertia was similar in different races in the SPRINT trial. We did not see disparities that have been reported in previous observational studies... These results show that a well-resourced approach in which a standardized approach to blood pressure measurement and treatment intensification is followed can overcome the racial disparity that is seen in therapeutic inertia and the treatment of blood pressure." Dr. Zheutlin’s research interests involve improving cardiovascular outcomes using prediction modeling incorporating environment, genomic, and clinical data. He has been an exemplary participant in the Utah StARR program, and the program directors have been thrilled with his drive and consistent work. Congratulations Dr. Zheutlin!

Victoria Vardell Highlighted by UofU School of Medicine

Dr. Victoria Vardell was recently highlighted by the University of Utah's Department of Internal Medicine for her publication on the influence of race and ethnicity on leukemia survival. This report examined the largest cohort of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority CLL patients. As Dr. Vardell and her coauthors state in the background of the paper, “chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most prevalent adult leukemia and results in highly variable clinical outcomes. Epidemiologically, CLL occurs in White ethnicity more frequently and thus, CLL outcomes among underrepresented minorities are not well studied. We sought to examine differences in treatment patterns and survival outcomes based on racial identity of CLL patients and how these have changed over time.” Her work was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and can be found under the title “Influence of racial and ethnic identity on overall survival in patients with chronic lymphocytic lymphoma.”