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Pamela M. Rist, ScD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

My research interests are focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (particularly stroke) and neurologic disease (especially those with a vascular component) with the goal of identifying ways to reduce the morbidity burden associated with stroke, migraine, and cognitive decline. In an effort to reduce the morbidity burden from cardiovascular and neurologic disease and understand the underlying biology behind cardiovascular and neurologic disease morbidity, my research has focused on four main areas: (1) the functional consequences of migraine, (2) elucidating factors that ameliorate the impact of cognitive impairment on incident disability, (2) risk factors for functional outcomes from stroke, and (4) risk factors for overall cerebrovascular disease burden in the brains of ischemic stroke patients. In addition to my research activities, I am actively involved in teaching activities at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

MSc: Harvard School of Public Health
ScD: Harvard School of Public Health

  1. Rist PM, Buring JE, Kase CS, Schurks M, Kurth T. Migraine and functional outcome from ischemic cerebral events in women. Circulation. 2010;122(24):2551-7. PMCID: PMC3058846.
  2. Rist PM, Kang JH, Buring JE, Glymour MM, Grodstein F, Kurth T. Migraine and cognitive decline among women: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2012;345:e5027. PMCID: PMC3414433.
  3. Rist PM, Capistrant BD, Wu Q, Marden JR, Glymour MM. Dementia and dependence: Do modifiable risk factors delay disability? Neurology. 2014;82(17):1543-50. PMCID: PMC4011462.
  4. Rist PM, Capistrant BD, Mayeda ER, Liu SY, Glymour MM. Physical activity, but not body mass index, predicts less disability before and after stroke. Neurology. 2017;88:1718-1726. PMCID: PMC5409841.
  5. Rist PM, Buring JE, Rexrode KM, Cook NR, Rost NS. Prospectively collected lifestyle and health information as risk factors for white matter hyperintensity volume in stroke patients. Eur J Epidemiol. 2019;34(10):957-965. PMCID: PMC6842429

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