It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Denise Simons-Morton has accepted the position of Director of our Division for the Application of Research Discoveries (DARD) and will assume these new responsibilities on November 9.
Denise joined the NHLBI in 1992 as a Research Medical Officer and subsequently led the Prevention Scientific Research Group and the Clinical Applications and Prevention Program/Branch and was later appointed Senior Scientific Advisor in DCVD/DPPS. Currently, she serves as the scientific Project Officer for the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial. Previously, Denise was the scientific Project Officer and collaborator on numerous NIH-funded multicenter controlled trials of efficacy or effectiveness questions for cardiovascular disease prevention that dealt with the effects of dietary patterns and lifestyle interventions on blood pressure; community approaches on health-care seeking behavior for acute cardiac events; behavioral interventions on obesity and physical activity levels; and glycemia, blood pressure, and lipid treatment strategies on cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes.
Trained in family practice, public health, preventive medicine, and epidemiology, Denise is board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She received her M.D. from the University of Maryland, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Texas. Prior to joining the NHLBI, Denise was Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Texas and subsequently in the Department of Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. She is the author or co-author of more than 90 journal or book publications and over two dozen NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements.
Denise is looking forward to working with the talented and dedicated staff in DARD and other colleagues.