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Listen in as Dr Elena Flowers of UCSF discusses how circulating microRNAs are emerging as useful biomarkers for evaluating changing environmental and behavioral risk factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes.
Dr. Elena Flowers is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Her program of research is focused on identification of novel molecular markers associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and responses to risk reduction interventions among racial minority groups.
Dr Flowers has published numerous papers describing CVD risk in South Asians that led to current studies evaluating microRNAs as prodromal predictors of progression to CVD and type 2 diabetes. Presently, she is investigating microRNAs as predictors of responses to behavioral interventions to reduce risk (e.g., weight loss, physical activity, yoga). Her research has expanded to include high risk Filipino and Latino populations.
She is the Director of the School of Nursing Genomics Laboratory and the Genomics Minor, and is active in the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.