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News: Hidalgo appointed to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Board of External Experts

July 16, 2018
UAB News, Written by Holly Gainer

Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH, will join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Board of External Experts. The Board of External Experts provides input on the NHLBI’s strategic research priorities and guidance on scientific opportunities.

Hidalgo is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is also an associate scientist in UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Her research, which focuses on health disparities and genomics related to cardiometabolic diseases, will enable her to lend her expertise in her new position.

“I look forward to contributing insights into health disparities, genomics and implementation science,” Hidalgo said.

“We are all very proud of Dr. Hidalgo,” said Cora Lewis, M.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. “This is indeed an important honor, and an impressive accomplishment.”

The board meets twice every year in Bethesda, Maryland; its next meeting is this fall.