FHS 70th Anniversary

On October 11, 2018, the Framingham Heart Study celebrated its 70th anniversary.

In 1948, under the direction of the National Health Institute (now the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH), researchers of the Framingham Heart Study opened its doors and recruited 5,209 men and women, about two-thirds of town’s adult population. The objective was to identify the common factors that contribute Cardiovascular Disease by following its development over a long period of time in participants who have not yet developed overt symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease or suffered a heart attack or stroke. Since then the study has partnered with Boston University and enrolled 15,447 people. These participants, all of varying ages and backgrounds, are now integral to the science looking into cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s, and even delving into the human genome.

These participants have change the health of a nation and now that nation takes a moment to reflect on all that those participants have helped it to achieve.


70th Anniversary Video

Courtesy of Tammy Markus

 


70th Anniversary Ceremony: October 26th

Speakers included:

Reverend Dr. Debbie Clark, Edwards Church UCC, Framingham, Mass;
John P. Galvani, President, Friends of Framingham Heart Study;
Brian Kit MD, MPH, Program Officer, NHLBI;
Karen Antman, MD, Provost Boston University Medical Campus; Dean, BUSM;
U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Fifth District, Mass;
Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor, Framingham, Mass;
Daniel Levy, MD, FACC, Director, Framingham Heart Study; Branch Chief, NHLBI;
Vasan Ramachandran, MD, FAHA, Principal Investigator and Director Framingham Heart Study; Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

In closing the celebration Dr. Ramachandran, Principal Investigator and Director Framingham Heart Study; Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, took a light-hearted approach, getting inspiration for his remarks on the well-known Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You Will Go. Watch his presentation above.

A special thank you to BU Medicine for re-capturing this moment


Special Messages to our Participants

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator Ed Markey


70th Anniversary Media Coverage

WCVB Channel 5 Boston: 7 decades of breakthroughs at Framingham Heart Study
WCVB Channel 5 Boston: 7 decades of breakthroughs at Framingham Heart Study [WATCH VIDEO]
AHA News: The study and the town that changed the health of a generation [READ ARTICLE]
The Boston Globe: Framingham Heart Study marks 70 years, three generations of participants [READ NEWS ARTICLE]
Metro West Daily News: Technological advances spurred deeper understanding of heart disease, stroke
MetroWest Daily News: Technological advances spurred deeper understanding of heart disease, stroke [READ NEWS ARTICLE]
WGBH “All Things Considered” with Barbara Howard [LISTEN TO INTERVIEW]
 
MetroWest Daily News: 70 years of groundbreaking discoveries and counting [READ NEWS ARTICLE]
MetroWest Daily News: A ‘typical American town’ is chosen [READ NEWS ARTICLE]
WBUR Newsroom: 70 Years Of The Framingham Heart Study [ LISTEN TO INTERVIEW]
MetroWest Daily News | Opinion: Stefanini – A study at the heart of America [READ ARTICLE]
The NIH Record: NHLBI Marks Year 70 of Iconic Framingham Heart Study [READ THE NIH RECORD]