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 Gerald Berenson    

Gerald Berenson, MD
Research Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 1829
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-7197
Fax: (504) 988-7194
berenson@tulane.edu

 



Research Interests:

Etiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease

 

Professional Achievements:

  • 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, New Orleans Academy of Internal Medicine
  • 2008 Distinguished Scientist, American Heart Association
  • 2008 Proclamation from City Council of New Orleans, 35th anniversary of the Bogalusa Heart Study
  • 2007 Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award, International Academy of Cardiology 13th World Congress on Heart Disease
  • 2007 Lecture White Coat Ceremony, Tulane University
  • 2006 American Heart Association Population Research Prize
  • 2005 American Heart Association Meritorious Achievement Award
  • 2004 Gulf Regional Chapter, American Society of Hypertension, Commitment and Services
  • 2002 Orleans Parish Medical Society Award Recipient, Public Service/Public Education
  • 2000 Champion of Public Health, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 1999 Spirit of Charity Award, Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation
  • 1998 Joseph Stokes III Award, American Society of Preventive Cardiology
  • 1995 Tulane Medical School Class of 1945, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1995 Lewis C. Robbins Recognition Award, The Society of Prospective Medicine
  • 1994 Laureate Award, Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians
  • 1993 Lydia J. Roberts Nutrition Lectureship, University of Chicago
  • 1988 Founders Medal, Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
  • 1986 Distinguished Boyd Professor, Louisiana State University
  • 1985 Searle Distinguished Research Award for Outstanding Research Contributions
  • 1945 Alpha Omega Alpha 

Educational Background:

  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1945
  • BS, Tulane University, 1943

 

Selected Publications (since 2010):

Harville EW, Srinivasan S, Chen W, Berenson GS. Is the metabolic syndrome a "small baby" syndrome?: the bogalusa heart study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2012 Dec;10(6):413-21.

Mei H, Chen W, Mills K, He J, Srinivasan SR, Schork N, Murray S, Berenson GS. Influences of FTO gene on onset age of adult overweight. Hum Genet. 2012 Dec;131(12):1851-9. doi: 10.1007/s00439-012-1204-0. Epub 2012 Jul 29.

Nguyen QM, Xu JH, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Correlates of age onset of type 2 diabetes among relatively young black and white adults in a community: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2012 Jun;35(6):1341-6. Epub 2012 Mar 7.

C-reactive protein is an independent predictor for carotid artery intima-media thickness progression in asymptomatic younger adults (from the Bogalusa Heart Study). Toprak A, Kandavar R, Toprak D, Chen W, Srinivasan S, Xu JH, Anwar A, Berenson GS. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2011 Dec 30;11:78.

Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Physical Activity Behavior Among Elementary School Personnel: Baseline Results from the ACTION! Worksite Wellness Program(*). Webber LS, Rice JC, Johnson CC, Rose D, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS.  J Sch Health . 2012 Sep;82(9):410-416. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00716.x.

Is the Metabolic Syndrome a "Small Baby" Syndrome?: The Bogalusa Heart Study.
Harville EW, Srinivasan S, Chen W, Berenson GS. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2012 Jul 25.

Mei H, Chen W, Jiang F, He J, Srinivasan S, Smith EN, Schork N, Murray S, Berenson GS. "Longitudinal replication studies of GWAS risk SNPs influencing body mass index over the course of childhood and adulthood". PLoS One. 2012;7(2):e31470. Epub 2012 Feb 15.

Dwyer T, Sun C, Magnussen CG,Raitakari OT, Schork NJ, Venn A, Burns TL, Juonala M, Steinberger J, Sinaiko AR, Prineas RJ, Davis PH, Woo JG, Morrison JA, Daniels SR, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Viikari JS, Berenson GS. Cohort Profile: The International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium. Int J Epidemiol. 2012 Mar 20. [Epub ahead of print].

Berenson GS. Bogalusa Heart Study group. Health consequences of obesity. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Jan;58(1):117-21.

Berenson GS, Chen W, Hassig S, Nguyen QM, Rice J, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH. Elevated liver function enzymes are related to the development of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in younger adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2011 Dec;34(12):2603-7. [Epub 2011 Sep 27].

Kelly RE, Dasmahapatra P, wang J, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Fernandez C, Xu J, Martin-Schild S, Berenson GS. Prevalence of atherosclerotic plaque in young and middle-aged asymptomatic individuals: the Bogalusa heart study. South Med J. 2011 Dec; 104(12):803-8.

Paul TK, Chen W, Srinivasan, He J, Berenson GS. Contrast of the impact of multiple cardiovascular risk factors on the femoral and carotid intima-media thickness in asymptomatic young adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. 2011 Jun;216(2):359-64. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

Paul TK, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Toprak A, He J, Berenson GS. Gender divergence on the impact of multiple cardiovascular risk factors on the femoral artery intima-media thickness in asymptomatic young adults: The Bogalusa heart study. American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 2012 Jan; 343(1):40-5

Dasmahapatra P, Srinivasan SR, Mokha J, Fernandez C, Chen W, Xu J, Berenson GS. Subclinical atherosclerotic changes related to chronic kidney disease in asymptomatic black and white young adults: the Bogalusa heart study. Ann Epidemiol. 2011 May;21(5):311-7.PMID: 21458723

Nguyen QM, Toprak A, Xu JH, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Berenson GS. Progression of segment-specific carotid artery intima-media thickness in young adults (from the Bogalusa heart study). Am J Cardiol. 2010 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 21146698

Camhi SM, Katzmarzyk PT, Broyles ST, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Bouchard C, Berenson GS. Subclinical atherosclerosis and metabolic risk: Role of body mass index and waist circumference. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2010 Dec 6. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 21133775

Juonala M, Magnussen CG, Venn A, Dwyer T, Burns TL, Davis PH, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Daniels SR, Kähönen M, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Berenson GS, Viikari JS, Raitakari OT. Influence of age on associations between childhood risk factors and carotid intima-media thickness in adulthood: The cardiovascular risk in young Finns study, the childhood determinants of adult health study, the Bogalusa heart study, and the Muscatine study for the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium. Circulation. 2010 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21126976

Elks CE, Perry JR, Sulem P, Chasman DI, Franceschini N, He C, Lunetta KL, Visser JA, Byrne EM, Cousminer DL, Gudbjartsson DF, Esko T, Feenstra B, Hottenga JJ, Koller DL, Kutalik Z, Lin P, Mangino M, Marongiu M, McArdle PF, Smith AV, Stolk L, van Wingerden SH, Zhao JH, Albrecht E, Corre T, Ingelsson E, Hayward C, Magnusson PK, Smith EN, Ulivi S, Warrington NM, Zgaga L, Alavere H, Amin N, Aspelund T, Bandinelli S, Barroso I, Berenson GS, Bergmann S, Blackburn H, Boerwinkle E, Buring JE, Busonero F, Campbell H, Chanock SJ, Chen W, Cornelis MC, Couper D, Coviello AD, d'Adamo P, de Faire U, de Geus EJ, Deloukas P, Döring A, Smith GD, Easton DF, Eiriksdottir G, Emilsson V, Eriksson J, Ferrucci L, Folsom AR, Foroud T, Garcia M, Gasparini P, Geller F, Gieger C, Consortium TG, Gudnason V, Hall P, Hankinson SE, Ferreli L, Heath AC, Hernandez DG, Hofman A, Hu FB, Illig T, Järvelin MR, Johnson AD, Karasik D, Khaw KT, Kiel DP, Kilpeläinen TO, Kolcic I, Kraft P, Launer LJ, Laven JS, Li S, Liu J, Levy D, Martin NG, McArdle WL, Melbye M, Mooser V, Murray JC, Murray SS, Nalls MA, Navarro P, Nelis M, Ness AR, Northstone K, Oostra BA, Peacock M, Palmer LJ, Palotie A, Paré G, Parker AN, Pedersen NL, Peltonen L, Pennell CE, Pharoah P, Polasek O, Plump AS, Pouta A, Porcu E, Rafnar T, Rice JP, Ring SM, Rivadeneira F, Rudan I, Sala C, Salomaa V, Sanna S, Schlessinger D, Schork NJ, Scuteri A, Segrè AV, Shuldiner AR, Soranzo N, Sovio U, Srinivasan SR, Strachan DP, Tammesoo ML, Tikkanen E, Toniolo D, Tsui K, Tryggvadottir L, Tyrer J, Uda M, van Dam RM, van Meurs JB, Vollenweider P, Waeber G, Wareham NJ, Waterworth DM, Weedon MN, Wichmann HE, Willemsen G, Wilson JF, Wright AF, Young L, Zhai G, Zhuang WV, Bierut LJ, Boomsma DI, Boyd HA, Crisponi L, Demerath EW, van Duijn CM, Econs MJ, Harris TB, Hunter DJ, Loos RJ, Metspalu A, Montgomery GW, Ridker PM, Spector TD, Streeten EA, Stefansson K, Thorsteinsdottir U, Uitterlinden AG, Widen E, Murabito JM, Ong KK, Murray A. Thirty new loci for age at menarche identified by a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies. Nat Genet. 2010 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21102462

Berenson GS, Srinivasan SR, Fernandez C, Chen W, Xu J. Can adult cardiologists play a role in the prevention of heart disease beginning in childhood? Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2010 Oct-Dec;6(4):4-9. No abstract available. PMID: 21088652

Mei H, Chen W, Dellinger A, He J, Wang M, Yau C, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Principal-component-based multivariate regression for genetic association studies of metabolic syndrome components. BMC Genet. 2010 Nov 9;11:100.PMID: 21062472

Paul TK, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Rice J, Toprak A, He J, Berenson GS. Framingham risk score is associated with femoral artery intima-media thickness in asymptomatic young adults (the Bogalusa heart study). Atherosclerosis. 2010 Dec;213(2):627-31. Epub 2010 Oct 20.PMID: 20970137

Mokha JS, Srinivasan SR, Dasmahapatra P, Fernandez C, Chen W, Xu J, Berenson GS. Utility of waist-to-height ratio in assessing the status of central obesity and related cardiometabolic risk profile among normal weight and overweight/obese children: the Bogalusa Heart Study. BMC Pediatr. 2010 Oct 11;10:73.PMID: 20937123

Magnussen CG, Koskinen J, Chen W, Thomson R, Schmidt MD, Srinivasan SR, Kivimäki M, Mattsson N, Kähönen M, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Rönnemaa T, Viikari JS, Berenson GS, Juonala M, Raitakari OT. Pediatric metabolic syndrome predicts adulthood metabolic syndrome, subclinical atherosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes mellitus but is no better than body mass index alone: the Bogalusa Heart Study and the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Circulation. 2010 Oct 19;122(16):1604-11. Epub 2010 Oct 4.PMID: 20921439

Smith EN, Chen W, Kähönen M, Kettunen J, Lehtimäki T, Peltonen L, Raitakari OT, Salem RM, Schork NJ, Shaw M, Srinivasan SR, Topol EJ, Viikari JS, Berenson GS, Murray SS. Longitudinal genome-wide association of cardiovascular disease risk factors in the bogalusa heart study. PLoS Genet. 2010 Sep 9;6(9). pii: e1001094.PMID: 20838585

Ruan L, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Xu J, Toprak A, Berenson GS. Relation of serum phosphorus levels to carotid intima-media thickness in asymptomatic young adults (from the Bogalusa Heart Study). Am J Cardiol. 2010 Sep 15;106(6):793-7. Epub 2010 Aug 2.PMID: 20816119

Mei H, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Jiang F, Schork N, Murray S, Smith E, So JD, Berenson GS. FTO influences on longitudinal BMI over childhood and adulthood and modulation on relationship between birth weight and longitudinal BMI. Hum Genet. 2010 Dec;128(6):589-96. Epub 2010 Sep 2.PMID: 20811910

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Xu J, Berenson GS. Black-white divergence in the relation of white blood cell count to metabolic syndrome in preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2010 Nov;33(11):2474-6. Epub 2010 Aug 26.PMID: 20798336

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Ruan L, Mei H, Berenson GS. Adult Hypertension Is Associated With Blood Pressure Variability in Childhood in Blacks and Whites: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens. 2010 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20725054

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Amplification of the association between birthweight and blood pressure with age: the Bogalusa Heart Study. J Hypertens. 2010 Oct;28(10):2046-52.PMID: 20616754

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Hallman DM, Berenson GS. The relationship between birthweight and longitudinal changes of blood pressure is modulated by beta-adrenergic receptor genes: the Bogalusa Heart Study. J Biomed Biotechnol. 2010;2010:543514. Epub 2010 May 11.PMID: 20467565

Levy D, Neuhausen SL, Hunt SC, Kimura M, Hwang SJ, Chen W, Bis JC, Fitzpatrick AL, Smith E, Johnson AD, Gardner JP, Srinivasan SR, Schork N, Rotter JI, Herbig U, Psaty BM, Sastrasinh M, Murray SS, Vasan RS, Province MA, Glazer NL, Lu X, Cao X, Kronmal R, Mangino M, Soranzo N, Spector TD, Berenson GS, Aviv A. Genome-wide association identifies OBFC1 as a locus involved in human leukocyte telomere biology. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 May 18;107(20):9293-8. Epub 2010 Apr 26.PMID: 20421499

Broyles S, Katzmarzyk PT, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Bouchard C, Freedman DS, Berenson GS. The pediatric obesity epidemic continues unabated in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Pediatrics. 2010 May;125(5):900-5. Epub 2010 Apr 5.PMID: 20368311

Toprak D, Toprak A, Chen W, Xu JH, Srinivasan S, Berenson GS. Adiposity in Childhood Is Related to C-Reactive Protein and Adiponectin in Young Adulthood: From the Bogalusa Heart Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20360758

Camhi SM, Katzmarzyk PT, Broyles S, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Bouchard C, Berenson GS. Predicting adult body mass index-specific metabolic risk from childhood. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2010 Apr;8(2):165-72.PMID: 20156071

Nguyen QM, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH, Chen W, Berenson GS. Fasting plasma glucose levels within the normoglycemic range in childhood as a predictor of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in adulthood: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Feb;164(2):124-8.PMID: 20124140

Nguyen QM, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH, Chen W, Kieltyka L, Berenson GS. Utility of childhood glucose homeostasis variables in predicting adult diabetes and related cardiometabolic risk factors: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2010 Mar;33(3):670-5. Epub 2009 Dec 15.PMID: 20009096

Nguyen QM, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH, Chen W, Berenson GS. Distribution and cardiovascular risk correlates of plasma soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 levels in asymptomatic young adults from a biracial community: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Ann Epidemiol. 2010 Jan;20(1):53-9.PMID: 20006276

Kabir AA, Srinivasan SR, Sultana A, Chen W, Wei CY, Berenson GS. Association between depression and intima-media thickness of carotid bulb in asymptomatic young adults. Am J Med. 2009 Dec;122(12):1151.e1-8.PMID: 19958896

Muntner P, Arshad A, Morse SA, Patel DA, Manapatra PD, Reisin E, Aguilar EA, Chen W, Srinivasan S, Berenson GS. End-stage renal disease in young black males in a black-white population: longitudinal analysis of the Bogalusa Heart Study. BMC Nephrol. 2009 Dec 2;10:40.PMID: 19954521

Bhuiyan AR, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Azevedo MJ, Berenson GS. Relationship of low birth weight to pulsatile arterial function in asymptomatic younger adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens. 2010 Feb;23(2):168-73. Epub 2009 Nov 26.PMID: 19942864

Freedman DS, Fulton JE, Dietz WH, Pan L, Nihiser AJ, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. The identification of children with adverse risk factor levels by body mass index cutoffs from 2 classification systems: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Dec;92(6):1298-305. Epub 2010 Oct 27.PMID: 20980492

Berenson GS, Srinivasan SR. Cardiovascular risk in young persons: secondary or primordial prevention? Ann Intern Med. 2010 Aug 3;153(3):202-3. No abstract available. PMID: 20679564

Freedman DS, Wang YC, Dietz WH, Xu JH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Changes and variability in high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol among children. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):266-73. Epub 2010 Jul 19.PMID: 20643721

Freedman DS, Katzmarzyk PT, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. The relation of BMI and skinfold thicknesses to risk factors among young and middle-aged adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Ann Hum Biol. 2010 Nov;37(6):726-37. Epub 2010 May 7.PMID: 20450389

Kobori H, Urushihara M, Xu JH, Berenson GS, Navar LG. Urinary angiotensinogen is correlated with blood pressure in men (Bogalusa Heart Study). J Hypertens. 2010 Jul;28(7):1422-8.PMID: 20375906

Berenson GS. Cardiovascular health promotion for children: a model for a Parish (County)-wide program (implementation and preliminary results). Prev Cardiol. 2010 Winter;13(1):23-8.PMID: 20021623

 

Level of Instruction:

graduate

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Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809 tcarter1@tulane.edu