Nicole Spartano, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management at the Boston University School of Medicine. She also serves as the 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 and Alzheimer’s Association to understand the impact of physical activity throughout the lifecourse on brain health and the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, Dr. Spartano also received an R01 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to use continuous glucose monitors in a non-diabetic population to measure glucose patterns that may predict the development of diabetes.
She also has a major research interest in using mobile health technology to improve health in underserved patient populations at Boston Medical Center. She is exploring the use of continuous glucose monitors as a tool for enhancing lifestyle interventions in patients with and without diabetes mellitus. She shares a MPI role on a Focused Research Project funded by Boston University’s Hariri Institute, which facilitates collaborations of clinical and computational investigators. This team is developing a software platform that can continuously collect mobile health data from research participants and patients. The goal of creating this platform is to address challenges in privacy and in providing timely communication to medically vulnerable patients.
Dr. Spartano also teaches courses for Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences, School of Public Health, and Sargent College of Health Sciences.
- 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 3/1/2022
Paluch AE, Bajpai S, Bassett DR, Carnethon MR, Ekelund U, Evenson KR, Galuska DA, Jefferis BJ, Kraus WE, Lee IM, Matthews CE, Omura JD, Patel AV, Pieper CF, Rees-Punia E, Dallmeier D, Klenk J, Whincup PH, Dooley EE, Pettee Gabriel K, Palta P, Pompeii LA, Chernofsky A, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Spartano N, Ballin M, Nordström P, Nordström A, Anderssen SA, Hansen BH, Cochrane JA, Dwyer T, Wang J, Ferrucci L, Liu F, Schrack J, Urbanek J, Saint-Maurice PF, Yamamoto N, Yoshitake Y, Newton RL, Yang S, Shiroma EJ, Fulton JE. Daily steps and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis of 15 international cohorts. Lancet Public Health. 2022 Mar; 7(3):e219-e228. PMID: 35247352.
- Published on 1/7/2022
Zhang Y, Pathiravasan CH, Hammond MM, Liu H, Lin H, Sardana M, Trinquart L, Borrelli B, Manders ES, Kornej J, Spartano NL, Nowak C, Kheterpal V, Benjamin EJ, McManus DD, Murabito JM, Liu C. Comparison of Daily Routines Between Middle-aged and Older Participants With and Those Without Diabetes in the Electronic Framingham Heart Study: Cohort Study. JMIR Diabetes. 2022 Jan 07; 7(1):e29107. PMID: 34994694.
- Published on 1/1/2022
Spartano NL, Himali JJ, Trinquart L, Yang Q, Weinstein G, Satizabal CL, Dukes KA, Beiser AS, Murabito JM, Vasan RS, Seshadri S. Accelerometer-Measured, Habitual Physical Activity and Circulating Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022; 85(2):805-814. PMID: 34864673.
- Published on 12/7/2021
Tarp J, Fagerland MW, Dalene KE, Johannessen JS, Hansen BH, Jefferis BJ, Whincup PH, Diaz KM, Hooker S, Howard VJ, Chernofsky A, Larson MG, Spartano NL, Vasan RS, Dohrn IM, Hagströmer M, Edwardson C, Yates T, Shiroma EJ, Dempsey PC, Wijndaele K, Anderssen SA, Lee IM, Ekelund U. Device-measured physical activity, adiposity and mortality: a harmonised meta-analysis of eight prospective cohort studies. Br J Sports Med. 2021 Dec 07. PMID: 34876405.
- Published on 11/23/2021
Kornej J, Murabito JM, Zhang Y, Liu C, Trinquart L, Sardana M, Manders ES, Hammond MM, Spartano NL, Pathiravasan CH, Wang X, Borrelli B, McManus DD, Benjamin EJ, Lin H. No evidence of association between habitual physical activity and ECG traits: Insights from the electronic Framingham Heart Study. Cardiovasc Digit Health J. 2022 Feb; 3(1):56-58. PMID: 35265935.
- Published on 11/21/2021
Nayor M, Chernofsky A, Spartano NL, Tanguay M, Blodgett JB, Murthy VL, Malhotra R, Houstis NE, Velagaleti RS, Murabito JM, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Shah RV, Lewis GD. Physical activity and fitness in the community: the Framingham Heart Study. Eur Heart J. 2021 11 21; 42(44):4565-4575. PMID: 34436560.
- Published on 9/1/2021
Spartano NL. What Are the Next Steps for Developing a National Steps Guideline? JAMA Netw Open. 2021 09 01; 4(9):e2125267. PMID: 34477855.
- 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 06 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 08; 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 04 06; 10(7):e019800. PMID: 33784828.
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