On October 11, 2018 the Framingham Heart Study celebrated its 70th anniversary.
In 1948, under the direction of the National Health Institute (now the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH), researchers of the Framingham Heart Study opened its doors and recruited 5,209 men and women, about two-thirds of town’s adult population. The objective was to identify the common factors that contribute Cardiovascular Disease by following its development over a long period of time in participants who have not yet developed overt symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease or suffered a heart attack or stroke. Since then the study has partnered with Boston University and enrolled 15,447 people. These participants, all of varying ages and backgrounds, are now integral to the science looking into cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s, and even delving into the human genome.
These participants have change the health of a nation and now that nation takes a moment to reflect on all that those participants have helped it to achieve.
Courtesy of Tammy Markus
Reverend Dr. Debbie Clark, Edwards Church UCC, Framingham, Mass.
John P. Galvani, President, Friends of Framingham Heart Study
Brian Kit MD, MPH, Program Officer, NHLBI
Karen Antman, MD, Provost Boston University Medical Campus; Dean, BUSM
U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Fifth District, Mass.
Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor, Framingham, Mass.
Daniel Levy, MD, FACC, Director, Framingham Heart Study; Branch Chief, NHLBI
Dr. Vasan Ramachandran, Principal Investigator and Director Framingham Heart Study; Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
In closing the celebration Dr. Ramachandran, Principal Investigator and Director Framingham Heart Study; Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, took a light-hearted approach, getting inspiration for his remarks on the well-known Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You Will Go. Watch his presentation below. (A special thank you to BU Medicine for re-capturing this moment)