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About MESA

The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) is a study of the characteristics of subclinical cardiovascular disease (disease detected non-invasively before it has produced clinical signs and symptoms) and the risk factors that predict progression to clinically overt cardiovascular disease or progression of the subclinical disease. MESA researchers study a diverse, population-based sample of 6,814 asymptomatic men and women aged 45-84. Approximately 38 percent of the recruited participants are white, 28 percent African-American, 22 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent Asian, predominantly of Chinese descent.

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Key Study and Cohort Background Papers

Design paper (Bild DE, Bluemke DA, Burke GL, et al.)

The Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (Burke, Lima, Wong, & Narula)

Legacy of MESA (Olson, Bild, Kronmal, & Burke)

Invitation to New Investigators

We have found in many situations that a collaborative approach to research is advantageous to affiliated and non-affiliated investigators alike. Those who include MESA Investigators in their research are able to take advantage of their considerable knowledge of the MESA dataset as well as knowledge of research and analytic methodologies appropriate for the data.

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