Donna Arnett Invited to Present at American Heart Association's 2021 Scientific Sessions

November 08, 2021

Dean of the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health, Dr. Donna Arnett, will be presenting, moderating, and serving as a panelist for the opening session at the upcoming American Heart Association (AHA) 2021 Scientific Sessions virtual 3-day event starting on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.


With this year’s theme of “One World. Together for Science.”, the Scientific Sessions invites the global cardiovascular community to engage in networking and programming in order to experience breakthrough in cardiovascular basic, clinical, and population science updates, and discover innovative solutions to help in daily practice.


“I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this important public health event with so many of my professional colleagues and friends,” says Dr. Arnett. “I passionately share the AHA’s commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke in order to help more families and communities live healthier lives.”


After opening remarks by AHA President, Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, and Program Committee Chair, Dr. Manesh R. Patel, the first session is anchored on the theme of "Scientific Discovery as a Guiding Light out of COVID" by Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This will lead to a meaningful panel discussion from a variety of leaders in medicine and cardiovascular science, including Dr. Victor Zhao, President of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Science.


“In this panel discussion, I’m eager to address how health systems and academic health centers are adapting to training and management post pandemic,” says Dr. Arnett. In addition, Dr. Arnett will be delivering two presentations on "African Ancestry and the Genetic Architecture of Hypertension” and “Promoting Diversity and Navigating Differences in Mentor-Mentee Relationships.”


Donna K. Arnett, MSPH, PhD, is a past president of the American Heart Association (AHA) and has led the AHA's Research Committee and Scientific Publishing Committee. Dr. Arnett is also an elected fellow of the AHA, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Arnett has published more than 700 peer-reviewed papers and two books. She received the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association and was named a World Expert in Hypertension by Expertscape, a recognition earned by being in the top 0.076 percent of scholars writing about hypertension over the past ten years.