Ellen O’Meara, PhD, came to Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in 2009 with an array of scientific interests. The common thread across her more than two decades of research experience is studying the epidemiology of common diseases in adults, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular disease.
Due to her strong interests in screening for disease and outcomes after diagnosis, Dr. O’Meara co-directs the Kaiser Permanente Washington-led Statistical Coordinating Center for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium—a national network of breast imaging and breast cancer researchers. One of her goals is to find ways to optimize breast cancer screening—that is, to find the best balance of benefits and harms in subgroups of women based on their risks.
Dr. O’Meara’s other professional activities include memberships in the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.
Phipps AI, Buist DS, Malone KE, Barlow WE, Porter PL, Kerlikowske K, O'Meara ES, Li CI. Breast density, body mass index, and risk of tumor marker-defined subtypes of breast cancer. Ann Epidemiol. 2012 May;22(5):340-8. Epub 2012 Feb 25. PubMed
Nelson HD, Zakher B, Cantor A, Fu R, Griffin J, O'Meara ES, Buist DS, Kerlikowske K, van Ravesteyn NT, Trentham-Dietz A, Mandelblatt JS, Miglioretti DL. Risk factors for breast cancer for women aged 40 to 49 years: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2012 May;156(9):635-48. PubMed
Braithwaite D, Zhu W, Hubbard R, O'Meara ES, Miglioretti DL, Geller B, Dittus K, Wernli K, Moore D, Kerlikowske K, for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. Benefits and harms of screening mammography frequency by age and comorbidity score. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012;21(3):565. Epub 2012 Feb 15. PubMed
Arab L, Biggs ML, O'Meara ES, Longstreth WT, Crane PK, Fitzpatrick AL. Gender differences in tea, coffee, and cognitive decline in the elderly: the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;27(3):553-66. PubMed
Elkind MS, Carty CL, O’Meara ES, Lumley T, Lefkowitz D, Kronmal RA, Longstreth Jr WT. Hospitalization for infection and risk of acute ischemic stroke: The Cardiovascular Health Study. Stroke. 2011 Jul;42(7):1851-6. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.608588. Epub 2011 May 5. PubMed
Shiffman D, O'Meara ES, Rowland CM, Louie JZ, Cushman M, Tracy RP, Devlin JJ, Psaty BM. The contribution of a 9p21.3 variant, a KIF6 variant, and C-reactive protein to predicting risk of myocardial infarction in a prospective study. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2011 Mar 15;11:10. PubMed
Zakai NA, Lange L, Longstreth WT Jr, O'Meara ES, Kelley JL, Fornage M, Nikerson D, Cushman M, Reiner AP. Association of coagulation-related and inflammation-related genes and factor VIIc levels with stroke: the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Thromb Haemost. 2011 Feb;9(2):267-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-7836.2010.04149.x. PubMed
Zakai NA, Lange L, Longstreth WT Jr, O’Meara ES, Kelley JL, Fornage M, Nickerson D, Cushman M, Reiner AP. Association of coagulation and inflammation related genes and factor VIIc levels with stroke: the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Thromb Haemost. 2011 Feb;9(2):267-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-7836.2010.04149.x. PubMed
Aguilar MI, O'Meara ES, Seliger S, Longstreth WT, Hart RG, Pergola PE, Shlipak MG, Katz R, Sarnak MJ, Rifkin DE. Albuminuria and the risk of incident stroke and stroke types in older adults. Neurology. 2010 Oct 12;75(15):1343-50.
Kumar R, Seibold MA, Aldrich MC, Williams LK, Reiner AP, Colangelo L, Galanter J, Gignoux C, Hu D, Sen S, Choudhry S, Peterson EL, Rodriguez-Santana J, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Nalls MA, Leak TS, O'Meara E, Meibohm B, Kritchevsky SB, Li R, Harris TB, Nickerson DA, Fornage M, Enright P, Ziv E, Smith LJ, Liu K, González Burchard E. Genetic ancestry in lung function predictions. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 22;363(4):321-30. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0907897. Epub 2010 Jul 7. PubMed
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