We caught up with Dr Rachel Dreyer back in 2015 who is researching after she moved to Yale University Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation in the United States and we have an exciting update to share!  Dr Dreyer has just received a promotion through Yale School of Medicine and is eager to share her latest research with us!

Can you tell us about your recent promotion?
I was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine (section of Policy and Public Health & the Division of Analytics and Informatics) which begins 1st July 2017. I’ve served at the rank of Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine since January 2016, supported by the Sidney Sax which is an Overseas Public Health and Health Services Fellowship supported through the Australian Health and Medical Research Council. Prior to joining the Department of Emergency Medicine I completed my postdoctoral training at the Yale University Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation from 2013 to2015.

Has your area of interest remained in examining sex differences in young patients (under 55 years) with acute myocardial infarction (AMI or heart attack)?
During my postdoctoral studies at Yale University I was involved in leading several projects from the US VIRGO dataset, which was a direct extension of my PhD research. My prior work has been focused specifically on examining sex/gender disparities in patients with AMI, with a focus on younger women.  My goal as faculty will involve bridging outcomes research to implementation science – with the aim of developing mobile health (mHealth) applications (e.g., mobile computing, medical sensor, or communication technologies) and risk stratification tools to assist patients, particularly women, to have a more proactive role in optimizing their recovery following AMI.

Can you give me an update of where you’re at with your research in this area? Last time you mentioned that data from your research will be used to generate empirical evidence that informs clinical care and in the management of female patients after an AMI, identifies targets for interventions to improve outcomes and address disparities in care delivery, and ultimately reduces morbidity and mortality in this patient population. Has this data all been collated now and is it having an impact?
Yes, we have spent the last 3-4 years demonstrating that women experience significant sex and gender disparities across the continuum of care for patients with AMI. My research in particular has shown that younger women 55 years and less have poorer outcomes than men and poor adherence to secondary prevention. We have identified mediators of post AMI outcomes and are now poised to move on to develop interventions to improve recovery for this patient population.

What are your plans for the next 5 years? Will you be returning to Australia?
My plan for the next 5 years is to further establish myself in the US as Assistant Professor at Yale University, and to make important contributions to my field of research in health services and outcomes research, focusing on women’s cardiovascular health.

How did the support of THRF, when you worked at the BHI play a role in where you are today?
I am very grateful for the support I received from THRF.  I received travel support from the THRF during the course of my PhD studies at the University of Adelaide. This funding was crucial in allowing me to gain momentum in presenting my research and also in establishing collaborations with colleagues both inside the US and internationally.


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