Pamela Schreiner, PhD

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Pamela Schreiner

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-9097

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

MS, Biomedical Engineering, Iowa State University

MS, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Iowa State University

BS, Biology/French Culture, Syracuse University


I have been the Principal Investigator of the NHLBI-funded Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study and its ancillary studies since 1994. My primary research interest is cardiovascular disease etiology focused on prevention, and I will be assessing the association of prediabetes and inner ear pathology (hearing and balance) in the Year 35 CARDIA exam. As director of the School of Public Health’s Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments (CENSHARE), I study the health benefits of companion animals. I also teach applied statistical methods and SAS programming for our MPH in Epidemiology program.


Chronic diseases, methods, cardiovascular disease, subclinical disease, cohort, observational studies, menopause, anthrozoology, brain

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2017

Professional Associations

  • American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology & Lifestyle
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • International Society for Anthrozoology


Research Funding Grants

  • 2018 - 2023, NIH/NHLBI, "Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) – Field Center - Renewal," Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2023, NIH/NHLBI, "Leveraging Multi-omics Approaches to Examine Metabolic Challenges in Obesity in Relation to Cardiovascular Diseases," Subcontract Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2023, NIH/NHLBI, "Determinants of Midlife & Longitudinal Change in Cognitive Function: CARDIA Study," Subcontract Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2023, NIH/NIDCD, "Hyperglycemia, Hearing Loss and Vestibular Dysfunction: The CARDIA Study," Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2021, NIH/NHLBI, "Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA) - Minnesota Area Field Center - Task Area B - Year 35 Exam," Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2023, NIH, Subcontract to Duke University, "Functional Limitations and Disability among Middle-Aged Adults," Subcontract Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2023, NIH/NIA, Subcontract University Penn, "CARDIA Year 35 Brain MRI Renewal," Subcontract Principal Investigator
  • 2019 - 2021, NIH/NHLBI, "Beyond Black and White: Understanding Skin Tone as a Driver of Prepregnancy Cardiometabolic Health and Birth Outcomes," Co-Investigator
  • 2020 - 2024, NIH/NHLBI, "Determinants and cardiovascular consequences of disparities in sleep and circadian rhythms between black and white adults," Subcontract Principal Investigator
  • 2013 - present, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, "CENSHARE," Director


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Recent Publications

  • Zhong VW, MP Bancks, PJ Schreiner, CE Lewis, LM Steffen, JB Meigs, LA Schrader, M Schorr, KK Miller, S Sidney and MR Carnethon. 2019. Insulin resistance since early adulthood and appendicular lean mass in middle-aged adults without diabetes: 20 years of the CARDIA study. J Diabetes Complications 33(1):84-90. PMCID: PMC6324968
  • Laughlin-Tommaso SK, EL Fuchs, MF Wellons, CE Lewis, R Calderon-Margalit, EA Stewart and PJ Schreiner. 2019. Uterine fibroids and the risk of cardiovascular disease in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adult Women’s Study. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 28(1):46-52. PMCID: PMC6343187
  • Meyer CS, PJ Schreiner, K Lim, H Battapady and LJ Launer. 2019. Depressive symptomatology, racial discrimination experience, and brain tissue volumes observed on magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Epidemiol 188(4):656-663. PMCID: PMC6438808
  • Kilpeläinen TO, AR Bentley, R Noordam, YJ Sung, K Schwander, TW Winkler, et al, (PJ Schreiner). 2019. Multi-ancestry study of blood lipid levels identifies four loci interacting with physical activity. Nat Commun 10(1):376 doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-08008-w. PMCID: PMC6342931
  • de Vries PS, MR Brown, AR Bentley, YJ Sung, TW Winkler, I Ntalla, et al, (PJ Schreiner). 2019. Multiancestry genome-wide association study of lipid levels incorporating gene-alcohol interactions. Am J Epidemiol 188(6):1033-1054. PMCID: PMC6545280
  • Cermakova P, J Ding, O Meirelles, J Reis, D Religa, PJ Schreiner, DR Jacobs, RN Bryan and LJ Launer. 2019. Carotid intima-media thickness and markers of brain health in a bi-racial middle-aged cohort: CARDIA Brain MRI Sub-study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 75(2):380-386. PMID: 30796828
  • Justice AE, T Karaderi, HM Highland, KL Young, M Graff, Y Lu, et al, (PJ Schreiner). 2019. Protein-coding variants implicate novel genes related to lipid homeostasis contributing to body-fat distribution. Nat Genet 51(3):452-469. PMCID: PMC6560635
  • Sarkar M, LB VanWagner, JG Terry, JJ Carr, M Rinella, PJ Schreiner, CE Lewis, N Terrault and Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Cohort. 2019. Sex hormone-binding globulin levels in young men are associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in midlife. Am J Gastroenterol 114(5):758-763. PMCID: PMC6599461
  • Chauhan G, HHH Adams, CL Satizabal, JC Bis, A Teumer, M Sargurupremraj, et al, (PJ Schreiner). 2019. Genetic and lifestyle risk factors for MRI-defined brain infarcts in a population-based setting. Neurology Jan 16. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006851. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006851. [Epub ahead of print]. PMCID: PMC6369905
  • Appiah D, PJ Schreiner, E Selvin, EW Demerath and JS Pankow. 2019. Spousal diabetes status as a risk factor for incident type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis. Acta Diabetol 56(6):619-629. PMCID: PMC6520150



  • PubH 6343 Epidemiologic Methods 3
  • PubH 6350 Epidemiologic Methods 3 Lab


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