Maria Rosario Araneta

InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0607
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Yale UniversityPhDEpidemiology
    Yale UniversityMPHEpidemiology
    University of California San DiegoBABiology
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    Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School2017Inaugural Lawrence and Evelyn Wing Lectureship on Diabetes
    Diabetes Care, American Diabetes Association2015Best of Care
    American Diabetes Association2014Dr. Vivian Fonseca Scholar 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 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 Scholar Award for her research on diabetes among Asians and Pacific Islanders, and serves on the NIH Advisory Council for the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

    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 Principal Investigator of the UCSD Filipino Health Study, a longitudinal study of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis among Filipino men and women, the UCSD PI of the Practicing Restorative Yoga vs. Stretching for the Metabolic Syndrome (PRYSMS) study, co-investigator of the Rancho Bernardo Study, where she leads research on ethnic health disparities among Caucasian, Filipino and African-American (Health Assessment Study of African-American Women) women, and a co-investigator of the Diabetes Prevention Program. She serves as a perinatal epidemiologist for the UCSD Mother, Child and Adolescent HIV Program, where she is a co-investigator on maternal and perinatal HIV studies in Mexico, and a study to reduce child abandonment and neglect among HIV positive parents. Her prior research include studies on birth defects and adverse reproductive outcomes among Gulf War veterans, HIV transmission through donor artificial insemination, and mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission.

    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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    1. Araneta M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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 M, 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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