Ellen O’Meara came to Group Health Research Institute in 2009 with an array of scientific interests. The common thread across more than two decades of research experience is studying the epidemiology of common diseases in adults, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular disease.
Because of her strong interests in screening for disease and outcomes after diagnosis, Dr. O’Meara is pleased to be part of the Group Health-led Statistical Coordinating Center for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium—a national network of breast imaging and breast cancer researchers. One of her goals is to find ways to optimize breast cancer screening—that is, to find the best balance of benefits and risks in subgroups of women.
Dr. O’Meara’s other professional activities include membership in the Society for Epidemiologic Research and serving as a reviewer for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Cancer screening and surveillance; breast cancer
Dementia and cognition; age-related disability
Stroke; heart disease
Hubbard RA, O'Meara ES, Henderson LM, Hill D, Braithwaite D, Haas JS, Lee CI, Sprague BL, Alford-Teaster J, Tosteson AN, Wernli KJ, Onega T. Multilevel factors associated with long-term adherence to screening mammography in older women in the U.S. Prev Med. 2016 Aug;89:169-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.05.034. Epub 2016 May 31. PubMed
Cushman M, O'Meara ES, Heckbert SR, Zakai NA, Rosamond W, Folsom AR. Body size measures, hemostatic and inflammatory markers and risk of venous thrombosis: the longitudinal investigation of thromboembolism etiology. Thromb Res. 2016 Jun 15;144:127-132. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2016.06.012. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Nelson HD, O'Meara ES, Kerlikowske K, Balch S, Miglioretti DL. Factors affecting the rates and consequences of false positive and false negative digital mammography screening exams: an analysis of registry data. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Feb 16;164(4):226-35. doi: 10.7326/M15-0971. Epub 2016 Jan 12.
Jacobsen KK, Abraham L, Buist DS, Hubbard RA, O'Meara ES, Sprague BL, Kerlikowske K, Vejborg I, Von Euler-Chelpin M, Njor SH. Comparison of cumulative false-positive risk of screening mammography in the United States and Denmark. Cancer Epidemiol. 2015 May 23. pii: S1877-7821(15)00103-4. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2015.05.004. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
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