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Daniel T. Lackland, PhD
College of Medicine

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Daniel T. Lackland is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Neurosciences and Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his doctorate degree in cardiovascular epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Professor Lackland is past president of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association and immediate past chair of the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina. He is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, American Society of Hypertension, and American Heart Association. He also serves on the AHA Stroke Council Leadership Committee. Dr. Lackland was appointed in 2008 to the panel for the Eighth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 8), and the work group for the NHLBI Clinical Guidelines for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction (Global Risk Assessment). He is the past-chairman of the South Carolina Stroke Task Force, Tri-State Stroke Network, and is the past president of the Carolinas-Georgia-Florida Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. He is the recipient of the 2002 Excellence in Leadership award from the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control.   Much of his research interest involves the population risk assessment of cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension. In particular, his work focuses on the factors associated with the racial disparity in disease, and the geographic patterns of disease through the assessment of the data and tissue samples from the Charleston Heart Study and Evans County Heart Study. He is currently collaborating with Professor David Barker at the Medical Research Council with a study of the fetal origin of hypertension-related diseases and endothelial function. He is the principal investigator for the NIH-funded Black Pooling Project that is assessing the disparities in cardiovascular diseases and hypertension.

In addition to these epidemiological investigations, Professor Lackland is involved in population high blood pressure control efforts. He is involved with an assessment of the quality of hypertension treatment and control in the SC Medicaid population. He also serves on the boards of the American Society of Hypertension, Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina, and Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, and Inter-American Society of Hypertension.  He is  Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, and  member of  the editorial boards of Hypertension,  Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome, Ethnicity and Disease, Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, Advances in Cardiovascular Therapeutics,   and Preventive Medicine. He also leads blood pressure and risk factor screening activities at sporting events in the Southeast, and is a consultant for high blood pressure control programs in Latin America and central Asia.


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