Maria Rosario Araneta

Title(s)Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health
SchoolHealth Sciences
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    Yale UniversityPhDEpidemiology
    Yale UniversityMPHEpidemiology
    University of California San DiegoBABiology
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    National Institutes of Health, Council of Councils2018  - 2023NIH Advisory Council
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities2015  - 2019NIH Advisory Council
    Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School2017Inaugural Lawrence and Evelyn Wing Lectureship on Diabetes
    Diabetes Care, American Diabetes Association2015Best of Care Publication
    American Diabetes Association2014Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award
    The Teratology Society2004Finalist, James G. Wilson Publication Award
    Yale University Graduate School of Arts and SciencesYale Fellowship Award
    Yale University School of Medicine MPH with Distinction

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    Maria Rosario (Happy) G. Araneta PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. She received her BA in Biology from UCSD and her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology (with special emphasis in Perinatal Epidemiology) from Yale University. Dr. Araneta received the 2014 American Diabetes Association’s Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award for her research on diabetes among Asians and Pacific Islanders, the Best of Care Award as author of the leading 9 publications in "Diabetes Care" in 2015, and the Inaugural Wing Family Lectureship at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School in 2017. She was appointed to a four year term on the NIH Advisory Council for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities from 2015 to 2019, and selected to serve on the NIH Council of Councils from 2018 to 2023.

    Her research interests include maternal and pediatric HIV/AIDS, birth defects, life course exposures, and ethnic health disparities in type 2 diabetes, regional fat distribution, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic abnormalities. She is the co-Principal Investigator of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) where UC San Diego is one of 26 participating sites. Dr. Araneta is the PI of the UCSD Filipino Health Study, a longitudinal study of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis among Filipino men and women, co-investigator of the Rancho Bernardo Study, where she leads research on ethnic health disparities among Caucasians, Filipinos and African-Americans (Health Assessment Study of African-American Women), a co-investigator on a CDC funded community intervention to enhance healthy dining among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, and a co-investigator to assess health advantages and disparities in reproductive outcomes by race/ethnicity and nativity. She serves as a perinatal epidemiologist for the UC San Diego Mother, Child and Adolescent HIV Program, where she is a co-investigator on maternal and perinatal HIV studies in Mexico. Her prior research included studies on birth defects and adverse reproductive outcomes among Gulf War veterans, HIV transmission through donor artificial insemination, mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission, and behavioral intervention studies, including restorative yoga, active stretch and Zumba Fitness to reduce components of the metabolic syndrome.

    Dr. Araneta is the Director of Epidemiology Courses for the UCSD CREST/MAS program where she teaches Epidemiology I and Applied Epidemiology, and taught Applied Epidemiology to junior faculty in Ethiopia through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. She teaches research principles to UCSD medical students and doctoral students in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.

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    Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Filipina Women
    NIH R03DK060575Apr 1, 2002 - Mar 31, 2005
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) Phase 3 ? Research Project
    NIH/NIDDK U01DK048339Sep 10, 1994 - Jan 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Araneta MR, Kanaya AM, Hsu WC, Chang HK, Grandinetti A, Boyko EJ, Hayashi T, Kahn SE, Leonetti DL, McNeely MJ, Onishi Y, Sato KK, Fujimoto WY. Optimum BMI cut points to screen asian americans for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015 May; 38(5):814-20. PMID: 25665815; PMCID: PMC4407753.
    2. Araneta MR, Tanori D. Benefits of Zumba Fitness® among sedentary adults with components of the metabolic syndrome: a pilot study. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2015 Oct; 55(10):1227-33. PMID: 24921620.
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    3. Araneta MR, Grandinetti A, Chang HK. A1C and diabetes diagnosis among Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, and Native Hawaiians. Diabetes Care. 2010 Dec; 33(12):2626-8. PMID: 20833866; PMCID: PMC2992202.
    4. Araneta MR, von Mühlen D, Barrett-Connor E. Sex differences in the association between adiponectin and BMD, bone loss, and fractures: the Rancho Bernardo study. J Bone Miner Res. 2009 Dec; 24(12):2016-22. PMID: 19453256; PMCID: PMC2791515.
    5. Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E. Grand multiparity is associated with type 2 diabetes in Filipino American women, independent of visceral fat and adiponectin. Diabetes Care. 2010 Feb; 33(2):385-9. PMID: 19918009; PMCID: PMC2809288.
    6. Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E. Adiponectin and ghrelin levels and body size in normoglycemic Filipino, African-American, and white women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Oct; 15(10):2454-62. PMID: 17925471.
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    7. Araneta MR, Morton DJ, Lantion-Ang L, Grandinetti A, Lim-Abrahan MA, Chang H, Barrett-Connor E, Rodriguez BL, Wingard DL. Hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes among Filipino women in the Philippines, Hawaii, and San Diego. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2006 Mar; 71(3):306-12. PMID: 16236379; PMCID: PMC1383725.
    8. Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E. Ethnic differences in visceral adipose tissue and type 2 diabetes: Filipino, African-American, and white women. Obes Res. 2005 Aug; 13(8):1458-65. PMID: 16129729.
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    9. Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E. Subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in asymptomatic Filipino and white women. Circulation. 2004 Nov 02; 110(18):2817-23. PMID: 15505100.
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    10. Araneta MR, Kamens DR, Zau AC, Gastañaga VM, Schlangen KM, Hiliopoulos KM, Gray GC. Conception and pregnancy during the Persian Gulf War: the risk to women veterans. Ann Epidemiol. 2004 Feb; 14(2):109-16. PMID: 15018883.
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    11. Araneta MR, Schlangen KM, Edmonds LD, Destiche DA, Merz RD, Hobbs CA, Flood TJ, Harris JA, Krishnamurti D, Gray GC. Prevalence of birth defects among infants of Gulf War veterans in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Iowa, 1989-1993. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2003 Apr; 67(4):246-60. PMID: 12854660.
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