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 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 Mar 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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  • Published on 8/21/2019

    Ekelund U, Tarp J, Steene-Johannessen J, Hansen BH, Jefferis B, Fagerland MW, Whincup P, Diaz KM, Hooker SP, Chernofsky A, Larson MG, Spartano N, Vasan RS, Dohrn IM, Hagströmer M, Edwardson C, Yates T, Shiroma E, Anderssen SA, Lee IM. Dose-response associations between accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time and all cause mortality: systematic review and harmonised meta-analysis. BMJ. 2019 08 21; 366:l4570. PMID: 31434697.

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  • Published on 4/5/2019

    Spartano NL, Davis-Plourde KL, Himali JJ, Andersson C, Pase MP, Maillard P, DeCarli C, Murabito JM, Beiser AS, Vasan RS, Seshadri S. Association of Accelerometer-Measured Light-Intensity Physical Activity With Brain Volume: The Framingham Heart Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 04 05; 2(4):e192745. PMID: 31002329.

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  • Published on 3/5/2019

    Benjamin EJ, Muntner P, Alonso A, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, Carson AP, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, Das SR, Delling FN, Djousse L, Elkind MSV, Ferguson JF, Fornage M, Jordan LC, 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, O'Flaherty M, Pandey A, Perak AM, Rosamond WD, Roth GA, Sampson UKA, Satou GM, Schroeder EB, Shah SH, Spartano NL, Stokes A, Tirschwell DL, Tsao CW, Turakhia MP, VanWagner LB, Wilkins JT, Wong SS, Virani SS. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2019 03 05; 139(10):e56-e528. PMID: 30700139.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    McManus DD, Trinquart L, Benjamin EJ, Manders ES, Fusco K, Jung LS, Spartano NL, Kheterpal V, Nowak C, Sardana M, Murabito JM. Design and Preliminary Findings From a New Electronic Cohort Embedded in the Framingham Heart Study. J Med Internet Res. 2019 03 01; 21(3):e12143. PMID: 30821691.

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  • Published on 2/13/2019

    Spartano NL, Lyass A, Larson MG, Tran T, Andersson C, Blease SJ, Esliger DW, Vasan RS, Murabito JM. Objective physical activity and physical performance in middle-aged and older adults. Exp Gerontol. 2019 05; 119:203-211. PMID: 30771463.

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