Nicole L Spartano, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Nicole Spartano
315.415.2040

Biography

Nicole Spartano, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management at the Boston University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Physical Activity Station at the Framingham Heart Study, overseeing data collection using accelerometers (fitness trackers). She has received funding from the American Heart Association to complete work to understand the impact of physical activity throughout the lifecourse on brain health and the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her recent article “Midlife exercise blood pressure, heart rate, and fitness relate to brain volume 2 decades later” was picked up by popular news sites like CNN, TIME, Newsweek, BBC, and Runnersworld for its implication that regular exercise can retain brain health later in life. Dr. Spartano also teaches courses for the Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences program and School of Public Health.

Other Positions

  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • Tufts University, PhD
  • Tufts University, MS
  • Syracuse University, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSNU755

Publications

  • Published on 1/20/2021

    Pathiravasan CH, Zhang Y, Trinquart L, Benjamin EJ, Borrelli B, McManus DD, Kheterpal V, Lin H, Sardana M, Hammond MM, Spartano NL, Dunn AL, Schramm E, Nowak C, Manders ES, Liu H, Kornej J, Liu C, Murabito JM. Adherence of Mobile App-Based Surveys and Comparison With Traditional Surveys: eCohort Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jan 20; 23(1):e24773. PMID: 33470944.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/6/2021

    Spartano NL, Pantoni L. What Can Longitudinal Observational Studies of Physical Activity Teach Us About Prevention of Dementia? Neurology. 2021 Feb 16; 96(7):297-298. PMID: 33408143.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Ekelund U, Tarp J, Fagerland MW, Johannessen JS, Hansen BH, Jefferis BJ, Whincup PH, Diaz KM, Hooker S, Howard VJ, Chernofsky A, Larson MG, Spartano N, Vasan RS, Dohrn IM, Hagströmer M, Edwardson C, Yates T, Shiroma EJ, Dempsey P, Wijndaele K, Anderssen SA, Lee IM. Joint associations of accelero-meter measured physical activity and sedentary time with all-cause mortality: a harmonised meta-analysis in more than 44 000 middle-aged and older individuals. Br J Sports Med. 2020 Dec; 54(24):1499-1506. PMID: 33239356.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/11/2020

    Chen GC, Qi Q, Hua S, Moon JY, Spartano NL, Vasan RS, Sotres-Alvarez D, Castaneda SF, Evenson KR, Perreira KM, Gallo LC, Pirzada A, Diaz KM, Daviglus ML, Gellman MD, Kaplan RC, Xue X, Mossavar-Rahmani Y. Accelerometer-assessed physical activity and incident diabetes in a population covering the adult life span: the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 11 11; 112(5):1318-1327. PMID: 32910816.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/26/2020

    Lin H, Sardana M, Zhang Y, Liu C, Trinquart L, Benjamin EJ, Manders ES, Fusco K, Kornej J, Hammond MM, Spartano NL, Pathiravasan CH, Kheterpal V, Nowak C, Borrelli B, Murabito JM, McManus DD. Association of Habitual Physical Activity With Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Circ Res. 2020 Oct 23; 127(10):1253-1260. PMID: 32842915.

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  • Published on 6/19/2020

    Lin HP, Lynk N, Moore LL, Cabral HJ, Heffernan KS, Dumas AK, Hruska B, Zajdel RA, Gump BB, Spartano NL. A pragmatic approach to the comparison of wrist-based cutpoints of physical activity intensity for the MotionWatch8 accelerometer in children. PLoS One. 2020; 15(6):e0234725. PMID: 32559207.

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  • Published on 4/10/2020

    Lefferts WK, Augustine JA, Spartano NL, Hughes WE, Babcock MC, Heenan BK, Heffernan KS. Effects of Whey Protein Supplementation on Aortic Stiffness, Cerebral Blood Flow, and Cognitive Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Findings from the ANCHORS A-WHEY Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2020 Apr 10; 12(4). PMID: 32290271.

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  • Published on 1/29/2020

    Virani SS, Alonso A, Benjamin EJ, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, Carson AP, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, Delling FN, Djousse L, Elkind MSV, Ferguson JF, Fornage M, Khan SS, Kissela BM, Knutson KL, Kwan TW, Lackland DT, Lewis TT, Lichtman JH, Longenecker CT, Loop MS, Lutsey PL, Martin SS, Matsushita K, Moran AE, Mussolino ME, Perak AM, Rosamond WD, Roth GA, Sampson UKA, Satou GM, Schroeder EB, Shah SH, Shay CM, Spartano NL, Stokes A, Tirschwell DL, VanWagner LB, Tsao CW. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2020 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2020 03 03; 141(9):e139-e596. PMID: 31992061.

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  • Published on 10/15/2019

    Spartano NL, Demissie S, Himali JJ, Dukes KA, Murabito JM, Vasan RS, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. Accelerometer-determined physical activity and cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults from two generations of the Framingham Heart Study. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2019; 5:618-626. PMID: 31660424.

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  • Published on 9/30/2019

    Spartano NL, Lin H, Sun F, Lunetta KL, Trinquart L, Valentino M, Manders ES, Pletcher MJ, Marcus GM, McManus DD, Benjamin EJ, Fox CS, Olgin JE, Murabito JM. Comparison of On-Site Versus Remote Mobile Device Support in the Framingham Heart Study Using the Health eHeart Study for Digital Follow-up: Randomized Pilot Study Set Within an Observational Study Design. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 09 30; 7(9):e13238. PMID: 31573928.

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