Christopher J. O'Donnell, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School

Dr. O’Donnell research is broadly focused on the epidemiology of complex cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death and disability in men and women. More specifically, Dr. O’Donnell has focused on the genetic and genomic epidemiology of clinical and subclinical forms of atherosclerosis, ventricular hypertrophy and thrombosis. A large genome-wide association study is being directed by Dr. O’Donnell in a large, well-phenotyped prospective study of multigenerational families drawn from a general population (the NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study SHARe Project). Heritable clinical and intermediate CVD phenotypes of interest include premature onset CVD, circulating biomarkers (e.g., hemostasis and thrombosis factors) and subclinical atherosclerosis detected by high resolution cardiovascular imaging (e.g., coronary artery calcium by cardiac computed tomography and aortic plaque detected by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging). Using both genome-wide linkage and newer association methods, Dr. O’Donnell’s group has identified a number of single nucleotide polymorphisms and haplotypes with evidence for causal associations with atherosclerosis, hypertrophy and thrombosis. The long-term goal for this marriage of genomic science with well-designed studies of human populations is to better understand the etiology of CVD and to discover new targets for preventing, pre-empting and treating CVD.

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  1. Saw J, Yang ML, Trinder M, Tcheandjieu C, Xu C, Starovoytov A, Birt I, Mathis MR, Hunker KL, Schmidt EM, Jackson L, Fendrikova-Mahlay N, Zawistowski M, Brummett CM, Zoellner S, Katz A, Coleman DM, Swan K, O'Donnell CJ, Zhou X, Li JZ, Gornik HL, Assimes TL, Stanley JC, Brunham LR, Ganesh SK. Chromosome 1q21.2 and additional loci influence risk of spontaneous coronary artery dissection and myocardial infarction. Nat Commun. 2020 09 04; 11(1):4432. PMID: 32887874
  2. Small AM, Huffman JE, Klarin D, Sabater-Lleal M, Lynch JA, Assimes TL, Sun YV, Miller D, Freiberg MS, Morrison AC, Rader DJ, Wilson PWF, Cho K, Tsao PS, Chang KM, Smith NL, O'Donnell CJ, de Vries PS, Damrauer SM. Mendelian Randomization Analysis of Hemostatic Factors and Their Contribution to Peripheral Artery Disease. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2020 Aug 27; ATVBAHA119313847. PMID: 32847391
  3. Serper M, Vujkovic M, Kaplan DE, Carr RM, Lee KM, Shao Q, Miller DR, Reaven PD, Phillips LS, O'Donnell CJ, Meigs JB, Wilson PWF, Vickers-Smith R, Kranzler HR, Justice AC, Gaziano JM, Muralidhar S, Pyarajan S, DuVall SL, Assimes TL, Lee JS, Tsao PS, Rader DJ, Damrauer SM, Lynch JA, Saleheen D, Voight BF, Chang KM. Validating a non-invasive, ALT-based non-alcoholic fatty liver phenotype in the million veteran program. PLoS One. 2020; 15(8):e0237430.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32841307
  4. Thom CS, Ding Z, Levin MG, Damrauer SM, Lee KM, Lynch J, Chang KM, Tsao PS, Cho K, Wilson PWF, Assimes TL, Sun YV, O'Donnell CJ, Vujkovic M, Voight BF. Genetic determinants of increased body mass index mediate the effect of smoking on increased risk for type 2 diabetes risk but not coronary artery disease. Hum Mol Genet. 2020 Aug 24. PMID: 32833022
  5. Klarin D, O'Donnell CJ, Kathiresan S. Mendelian Randomization Study of ACLY and Cardiovascular Disease. N Engl J Med. 2020 08 13; 383(7):e50. PMID: 32786204
  6. Vaduganathan M, van Meijgaard J, Mehra MR, Joseph J, O'Donnell CJ, Warraich HJ. Prescription Fill Patterns for Commonly Used Drugs During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. JAMA. 2020 Jun 23; 323(24):2524-2526. PMID: 32463459
  7. Vujkovic M, Keaton JM, Lynch JA, Miller DR, Zhou J, Tcheandjieu C, Huffman JE, Assimes TL, Lorenz K, Zhu X, Hilliard AT, Judy RL, Huang J, Lee KM, Klarin D, Pyarajan S, Danesh J, Melander O, Rasheed A, Mallick NH, Hameed S, Qureshi IH, Afzal MN, Malik U, Jalal A, Abbas S, Sheng X, Gao L, Kaestner KH, Susztak K, Sun YV, DuVall SL, Cho K, Lee JS, Gaziano JM, Phillips LS, Meigs JB, Reaven PD, Wilson PW, Edwards TL, Rader DJ, Damrauer SM, O'Donnell CJ, Tsao PS, Chang KM, Voight BF, Saleheen D. Discovery of 318 new risk loci for type 2 diabetes and related vascular outcomes among 1.4 million participants in a multi-ancestry meta-analysis. Nat Genet. 2020 Jul; 52(7):680-691.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32541925
  8. Chen HY, Cairns BJ, Small AM, Burr HA, Ambikkumar A, Martinsson A, Thériault S, Munter HM, Steffen B, Zhang R, Levinson RT, Shaffer CM, Rong J, Sonestedt E, Dufresne L, Ljungberg J, Näslund U, Johansson B, Ranatunga DK, Whitmer RA, Budoff MJ, Nguyen A, Vasan RS, Larson MG, Harris WS, Damrauer SM, Stark KD, Boekholdt SM, Wareham NJ, Pibarot P, Arsenault BJ, Mathieu P, Gudnason V, O'Donnell CJ, Rotter JI, Tsai MY, Post WS, Clarke R, Söderberg S, Bossé Y, Wells QS, Smith JG, Rader DJ, Lathrop M, Engert JC, Thanassoulis G. Association of FADS1/2 Locus Variants and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Aortic Stenosis. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 Jun 01; 5(6):694-702.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32186652
  9. Cross SH, Mehra MR, Bhatt DL, Nasir K, O'Donnell CJ, Califf RM, Warraich HJ. Rural-Urban Differences in Cardiovascular Mortality in the US, 1999-2017. JAMA. 2020 05 12; 323(18):1852-1854. PMID: 32396176
  10. Hunter-Zinck H, Shi Y, Li M, Gorman BR, Ji SG, Sun N, Webster T, Liem A, Hsieh P, Devineni P, Karnam P, Gong X, Radhakrishnan L, Schmidt J, Assimes TL, Huang J, Pan C, Humphries D, Brophy M, Moser J, Muralidhar S, Huang GD, Przygodzki R, Concato J, Gaziano JM, Gelernter J, O'Donnell CJ, Hauser ER, Zhao H, O'Leary TJ, Tsao PS, Pyarajan S. Genotyping Array Design and Data Quality Control in the Million Veteran Program. Am J Hum Genet. 2020 04 02; 106(4):535-548.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32243820
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