University of Minnesota

Ronald James Prineas, MD, PhD

Born: 1937

Ron Prineas, epidemiologist, has made a career in cardiovascular disease investigation, teaching, and methodology. He was educated at the University of Sydney and the University of London, and after a research fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine he was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for many years. He then became chairman of epidemiology at the University of Miami.

He has made central contributions to methodology in standardized blood pressure and electrocardiographic measurement and has been involved in the design and analysis of most of the major observational studies and trials of the last decades, including his Minneapolis Children’s Blood Pressure Study and the Treatment of Mild Hypertension Study. He was deeply involved in HDFP, MRFIT, SHEP, and the Miami Community Health Study.

Prineas closes his career as director of the EPICORE laboratory at Wake Forest University, which provides service, consultation, and collaboration to most of the ongoing prospective CVD epidemiological studies and trials in the U.S. He also, with his wife, Julienne, manages a vintage book enterprise. (HB)


Marquis Who’s Who [online source], accessed June 1, 2006.

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