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.
- 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
- Tufts University, PhD
- Tufts University, MS
- Syracuse University, BS
- Published on 6/24/2021
Sardana M, Lin H, Zhang Y, Liu C, Trinquart L, Benjamin EJ, Manders ES, Fusco K, Kornej J, Hammond MM, Spartano N, Pathiravasan CH, Kheterpal V, Nowak C, Borrelli B, Murabito JM, McManus DD. Association of Habitual Physical Activity With Home Blood Pressure in the Electronic Framingham Heart Study (eFHS): Cross-sectional Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jun 24; 23(6):e25591. PMID: 34185019.
- Published on 6/2/2021
Barone Gibbs B, Hivert MF, Jerome GJ, Kraus WE, Rosenkranz SK, Schorr EN, Spartano NL, Lobelo F. Physical Activity as a Critical Component of First-Line Treatment for Elevated Blood Pressure or Cholesterol: Who, What, and How?: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Hypertension. 2021 Aug; 78(2):e26-e37. PMID: 34074137.
- Published on 3/31/2021
Lee J, Walker ME, Bourdillon MT, Spartano NL, Rogers GT, Jacques PF, Vasan RS, Xanthakis V. Conjoint Associations of Adherence to Physical Activity and Dietary Guidelines With Cardiometabolic Health: The Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Apr 06; 10(7):e019800. PMID: 33784828.
- 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 01 20; 23(1):e24773. PMID: 33470944.
- 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 02 16; 96(7):297-298. PMID: 33408143.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 10 23; 127(10):1253-1260. PMID: 32842915.
- 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.
- 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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