Marie Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
Tulane BIRCWH Principal Investigator and Research Director
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Dr. Krousel-Wood is a physician health services researcher who is actively engaged in cardiovascular research, a leading cause of death for women and men. Over the last 20 years, she has successfully led and administered research projects, collaborated with other investigators and healthcare providers in multiple disciplines, effectively mentored junior faculty, including previous and current BIRCWH scholars, and has over 90 publications including peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters. Through her interdisciplinary research collaborations, she has identified sex-specific barriers and determinants for CVD, which lay the groundwork for development of effectively tailored interventions designed to prevent and reduce CVD in women and men across the lifespan. In addition to serving as the PI and research director for the NIH-funded BIRCWH program, she is the site PI and co-investigator, respectively, of two randomized trials funded by the NIH: Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and the Comprehensive Approach for Hypertension Prevention and Control in Argentina.
Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD
Director, Tulane BIRCWH Women’s Resource Laboratory
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Bazzano is a clinician-investigator trained in Epidemiology and board certified in Internal Medicine with expertise in a broad range of clinical research with a focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. Her primary emphasis has been on the role of dietary and metabolic factors such as obesity, lipids and glucose in the development of vascular disease. She has been working with the Bogalusa Heart Study program since 2010 and currently serves as the Chair of the Bogalusa Heart Study Program Steering Committee and PI on an NIH/NIA R01AG041200 investigating the role of vascular aging in cognitive and physical performance in the Bogalusa Heart Study cohort.
Dr. Bazzano is an Associate of the BIRCWH program (BIRCWH training 2005-07.) She is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane SPH and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane SOM.
Kat Rabstejnek, MA
Tulane BIRCWH Program Manager
Kathryn Rabstejnek serves as the primary liaison between the BIRCWH Scholars, the faculty mentors, and the Principal Investigator. She is responsible for the coordination of all program-related day to day activities, the Scholar recruitment and application process, and all program evaluation activities. She also contributes to the preparation of study protocols, monitoring the completion of Responsible Conduct in Research Training, and assisting Scholars with research project coordination activities.
Carol Chen, MS
Tulane BIRCWH Analyst
Carol Chen holds an M.S. in Statistics. She is a lecturer teaching SAS and STATA in the Department of Epidemiology. In addition to teaching, she has been involved in many cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology studies. Ms. Chen works closely with the Director of the BIRCWH Women's Health Resource Laboratory to assist the BIRCWH Scholars with data management, quality control, and data analysis.