Sunayana Udaya Kumar, MPH Epidemiology Student,1st Place at AHA Lifestyle Early Career Competition

Sunayana Udaya Kumar, MPH Candidate in Epidemiology at the LSUHSC School of Public Health was awarded 1st place at the American Heart Association (AHA) Lifestyle Early Career Thesis Competition. The competition was held at the AHA EPI/Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, LA on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Her presentation, “Non-invasive Maneuvers for Evaluation of Diastolic Dysfunction in Patients with Exertional Dyspnea,” was part of the 3-minute thesis completion hosted by the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. Sunayana’s presentation was part of a select group of graduate presentations chosen to compete at this year’s scientific sessions. From this group her presentation was selected as the best out five for her answers and compelling oratory presentation and awarded 1st place by the leaders of the AHA’s Lifestyle Council. The competition is a courtesy of the AHA’s Lifestyle Early Career Committee and a part of the Lifestyle Early Career Session: Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT™). We congratulate Sunayana Udaya Kumar on her successful presentation.

The goal of the AHA’s EPI/LIFESTYLE 2018 Scientific Sessions is to provide an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas around research that will stimulate progress toward improving cardiovascular health for all. The conference theme this year was Health Promotion: Risk Prediction to Risk Prevention.

(Picture 1.(From Left) Dr. Tekeda Ferguson, Faculty, Epidemiology and Sunayana Udaya Kumar, MPH Candidate, Epidemiology. Picture 2. Five Early Career Presenters and Selection Committee.)