Pilot Projects

An Automated System for Prevention of CVD in HIV Care Settings (ASPIRE)

In a three-year study of 700 Baltimore patients with HIV/AIDS, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing assistant professor Jason Farley will explore the effectiveness of healthcare clinicians in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in HIV/AIDS patients.

Promoting Health Literacy of African Americans with HBP

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researcher Benita Walton-Moss partnered with Baltimore’s community leaders in reaching out to substance abusers with hypertension with the goal of improving cardiovascular health. The associate professor launched a two-and-a-half-year study in a Baltimore neighborhood with the aim of decreasing the high rate of hypertension among African Americans, particularly those who are substance abusers.

Other 2011-2012 Pilot Studies updates

Dr. Kathy Ruble, from the School of Medicine, is conducting a study to examine the development of preclinical cardiovascular disease amongst Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Survivors. In this study, she has compared childhood cancer survivors to healthy controls to look for differences in early markers of cardiovascular disease, including endothelial dysfunction, arterial stiffness and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Ruble’s research has focused on the long-term effects of cancer and therapy among survivors of childhood cancers and data from this study will expand her research into long-term cardiovascular health in this vulnerable population.

Dr. Linda Rose plans to begin a study of health literacy related to cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular disease in persons with mental illness. She hopes to identify strategies for addressing cardiovascular disease and risk reduction in this group of individuals who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and related complications.