Nicole Spartano, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine

PhD, Tufts University
MS, Tufts University
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Nicole Spartano, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management at the Boston University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Physical Activity Station at the Framingham Heart Study, overseeing data collection using accelerometers (fitness trackers). She has received funding from the American Heart Association to complete work to understand the impact of physical activity throughout the lifecourse on brain health and the risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Her recent article "Midlife exercise blood pressure, heart rate, and fitness relate to brain volume 2 decades later" was picked up by popular news sites like CNN, TIME, Newsweek, BBC, and Runnersworld for its implication that regular exercise can retain brain health later in life. Dr. Spartano also teaches courses for the Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences program and School of Public Health.

2018 American Heart Association: Sandra A. Daugherty Award, Finalist
2017 American Heart Association Specialty Conferences : Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conferences
2016 American Heart Association: Early Investigator Travel Award
2015 American Heart Association Specialty Conferences: Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conferences
2015 Boston University Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs: Travel Award
2014-2016 NIH/NHLBI: Postdoctoral Training Grant award
2009-2012 NIH/NHLBI: Pre-doctoral Training Grant award
2007-2009 Tufts University: Friedman School of Nutrition Scholarship
2006 Syracuse University: Biology Award for Research Excellence

The Longitudinal Influence of Midlife Physical Activity and Sedentary Time on Vascular Brain Injury
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
American Heart Association

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  1. Benjamin EJ, Muntner P, Alonso A, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, Carson AP, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, Das SR, Delling FN, Djousse L, Elkind MSV, Ferguson JF, Fornage M, Jordan LC, Khan SS, Kissela BM, Knutson KL, Kwan TW, Lackland DT, Lewis TT, Lichtman JH, Longenecker CT, Loop MS, Lutsey PL, Martin SS, Matsushita K, Moran AE, Mussolino ME, O'Flaherty M, Pandey A, Perak AM, Rosamond WD, Roth GA, Sampson UKA, Satou GM, Schroeder EB, Shah SH, Spartano NL, Stokes A, Tirschwell DL, Tsao CW, Turakhia MP, VanWagner LB, Wilkins JT, Wong SS, Virani SS. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2019 Jan 31; CIR0000000000000659.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30700139.
  2. Riffenburg KM, Spartano NL. Physical activity and weight maintenance: the utility of wearable devices and mobile health technology in research and clinical settings. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2018 Oct; 25(5):310-314. PMID: 30063553.
  3. Spartano NL, Bernhardt J. Prestroke physical activity to reduce stroke severity: Moving to lower risk with light activity. Neurology. 2018 Oct 16; 91(16):727-728. PMID: 30232247.
  4. Spartano NL, Ngandu T. Fitness and dementia risk: Further evidence of the heart-brain connection. Neurology. 2018 Apr 10; 90(15):675-676. PMID: 29540586.
  5. Benjamin EJ, Virani SS, Callaway CW, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, Chiuve SE, Cushman M, Delling FN, Deo R, de Ferranti SD, Ferguson JF, Fornage M, Gillespie C, Isasi CR, Jiménez MC, Jordan LC, Judd SE, Lackland D, Lichtman JH, Lisabeth L, Liu S, Longenecker CT, Lutsey PL, Mackey JS, Matchar DB, Matsushita K, Mussolino ME, Nasir K, O'Flaherty M, Palaniappan LP, Pandey A, Pandey DK, Reeves MJ, Ritchey MD, Rodriguez CJ, Roth GA, Rosamond WD, Sampson UKA, Satou GM, Shah SH, Spartano NL, Tirschwell DL, Tsao CW, Voeks JH, Willey JZ, Wilkins JT, Wu JH, Alger HM, Wong SS, Muntner P. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2018 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018 Mar 20; 137(12):e67-e492.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29386200.
  6. Heffernan KS, Augustine JA, Lefferts WK, Spartano NL, Hughes WE, Jorgensen RS, Gump BB. Arterial stiffness and cerebral hemodynamic pulsatility during cognitive engagement in younger and older adults. Exp Gerontol. 2018 01; 101:54-62. PMID: 29129735; DOI: 10.1016/j.exger.2017.11.004;.
  7. Tan ZS, Spartano NL, Beiser AS, DeCarli C, Auerbach SH, Vasan RS, Seshadri S. Physical Activity, Brain Volume, and Dementia Risk: The Framingham Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Jun 01; 72(6):789-795.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27422439; DOI: 10.1093/gerona/glw130;.
  8. Spartano NL, Stevenson MD, Xanthakis V, Larson MG, Andersson C, Murabito JM, Vasan RS. Associations of objective physical activity with insulin sensitivity and circulating adipokine profile: the Framingham Heart Study. Clin Obes. 2017 Apr; 7(2):59-69.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28112860; DOI: 10.1111/cob.12177;.
  9. Lefferts WK, Augustine JA, Spartano NL, Atallah-Yunes NH, Heffernan KS, Gump BB. Racial differences in central hemodynamics and subclinical markers of cardiovascular disease risk in children. Journal of Pediatrics. 2017; 180:62-67.
  10. Spartano NL, Heffernan KS, Dumas AK, Gump BB. Accelerometer-determined physical activity and the cardiovascular response to mental stress in children. J Sci Med Sport. 2017 Jan; 20(1):60-65. PMID: 27283342.
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