Meet the PREVENTABLE Team

 

Principal Investigators

Karen Alexander, MD

Geriatric Cardiologist

Duke University
Durham, NC

"Randomization is a powerful tool to find ways to limit consequences of aging. The population in PREVENTABLE is 75 year or older. It is about time!"

Walter Ambrosius, PhD

Biostatistician

Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

"PREVENTABLE is asking a highly relevant clinical question in older adults. Members of my family are on atorvastatin and I want to know whether it is beneficial or harmful."

Adrian Hernandez, MD, MHS

Cardiologist

Duke University
Durham, NC

"This study is building a national platform for future pragmatic evidence generation in older adults."

Jeff Williamson, MD

Geriatrician

Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

"Proven recommendations for reducing a persons risk of dementia at any stage are very limited. My patients repeatedly tell me that the goal of this program, finding ways to prevent dementia, is one of their most important priorities for health care."

Core Leadership and Co-Investigators

Rowena Dolor, MD, MHS

Primary Care Physician

Duke University
Durham, NC

"I'm excited that the focus is on prevention of dementia in a primary care population."

Schuyler Jones, MD

Cardiologist

Duke University
Durham, NC

"We have a great chance to make a big difference in evidence generation for healthy aging."

Jacob Joseph, MBBS, MD

Cardiologist

VA Boston and Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

"PREVENTABLE is a collaborative effort between patients, providers, and healthcare systems using novel pragmatic approaches."

Dan Munoz, MD, MPA

Cardiologist

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

"I am excited to be part of a motivated team of researchers and patient advocates. This is a great collaboration that aims to answer a key question"

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm D, MS

Pharmacist

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

"It is important to fully understand the benefits and risks of treating elderly patients without documented coronary disease with a statin. "

Kristin Newby, MD, MHS

Cardiologist

Duke University
Durham, NC

"Beyond the primary results, the use of biospecimens and ancillary studies to understand mechanistic underpinnings of aging is an exciting opportunity."

Nicholas M. Pajewski, PhD

Biostatistician

Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

"PREVENTABLE does not just focus on the heart, instead examining the effects of a statin on the brain, the heart, and physical function."

Raj Shah, MD

Geriatrician

Rush University
Chicago, IL

"PREVENTABLE has been designed to have involvement of healthy older adults in every step of the entire research cycle."

Mark Supiano, MD

Geriatrician

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

"The geriatrics community is celebrating this trial - the first to solely focus on a 75 years and older group and is asking about outcomes that matter."

Operational Leadership

Mary Ann Sellers, MSN

Project Manager

DCRI
Durham, NC

"We need evidence in older adults on the role and benefits statins may play in preventing dementia. We have an amazing team assembled to answer this question"

Samantha Wrenn, MHA

Project Leader

DCRI
Durham, NC

"My grandparents mean the world to me, so I am really excited to be a part of something that could benefit others like them in the future!"

Letitia Perdue, MS

Project Manager

Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

"Finding ways to prevent cognitive decline is one of the most important health issues of our time. PREVENTABLE provides an opportunity to determine whether a simple change can improve the quality of life and lead to a healthier mind and heart. "

Nancy Woolard

Project Manager

Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

"As I watch my father age and see his world become smaller, I know that becoming dependent on family or a caregiver is one of his greatest concerns. Memory and mobility are essential for him to continue to live independently. My expectation is that PREVENTABLE will move us closer to an answer that will offer hope and continued independence for future generations. "

Abby Santos, MS

Project Manager

Boston VA
Boston, MA

"In a world where older adults do not make up the main part of clinical trial cohorts, finding an answer about atorvastatin use and its impact on dementia, cardiovascular outcomes, and maintaining quality of life can help provide age-specific guidance to patients, families and their medical teams."

Sheronda Peoples, CCRC

Project Manager

Boston VA
Boston, MA

"There has always been an urgent need for research participants of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, but Preventable will hopefully help us better understand how to help the elderly population age in a healthier way. The knowledge we stand to gain from this largely understudied population is vital for us all of us. "