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Early-Stage Investigator Lectures

ODP Recognizes Three Promising Researchers

Dr. Besser
Dr. Lilah Besser

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) will host three 2023 Early-Stage Investigator Lectures (ESILs) with Drs. Lilah Besser, Justin Echouffo Tcheugui and Rodrigo Carrillo-Larco. Their presentations will take place via Zoom at 11 a.m. ET on May 3, May 10 and June 7. 

The lectures recognize early-career prevention scientists who are poised to become future leaders in prevention research. For more information, visit

Besser will speak on May 3. Her presentation, “Structural and Social Determinants of Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias,” will discuss the connection between structural and social determinants of health (a multitude of factors in the environments in which we live, learn, work, play and worship) and brain health. 

Besser is a research assistant professor in the department of neurology, Comprehensive Center for Brain Health at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Dr. Justin Tcheugui
Dr. Justin Echouffo Tcheugui

On May 10, Echouffo Tcheugui will discuss “Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: A Focus on Heart Failure.” He will use the example of heart failure to illustrate the critical importance of cardiovascular disease prevention in the setting of type 2 diabetes. 

Echouffo Tcheugui is an associate director for student and resident education in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His work has been funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

The final lecture will take place on June 7. Carrillo-Larco will give his presentation, “Cardiometabolic Health and Cardiovascular Prevention in Latino Population.” He will describe selected features of cardiometabolic epidemiology for Hispanics, global and international comparisons, as well as recent advances and opportunities for risk-based prevention of noncommunicable diseases. 

Dr. Carrillo-Larco
Dr. Rodrigo Carrillo-Larco

Carrillo-Larco is an associate academic research scientist in the Hubert department of global health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. His work has been supported by NIA and NHLBI.

Registration is required for each lecture. Use this link: Lectures will be recorded and available on ODP’s website approximately two weeks after each session.

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