School of Public Health student awarded Trudy Bush Fellowship

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre

Anna Gorczyca, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology and biostatistics at IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, traveled to Arizona this week to present research at the Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2016 Scientific Conference, and to accept the Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health.

Anna Gorczyca

Anna Gorczyca during this year’s conference. | Photo courtesy of Anna Gorczyca.

The organization gives the fellowship to recognize the top three presenters on cardiovascular research in women’s health at their annual conference.  Bush was a leading expert on menopause, osteoporosis and hormone replacement as a means of preventing heart disease in women.

“It is an honor to receive the Trudy Bush Fellowship,” Gorczyca said. “I strive to become a prominent researcher and leader in the field of women’s health, as Trudy Bush was.”

Originally from Indiana, Gorczyca returned to the Hoosier state after receiving her bachelor’s of science degree and master’s of science degree in exercise physiology at Adelphi University in New York.

“I chose IU because of the opportunity to partake in the wide variety of research in the School of Public Health,” Gorczyca said.

Gorczyca is the first student from the School of Public Health-Bloomington to receive the Trudy Bush award.

“This award is really a big deal,” said Ka He, department chair of epidemiology and biostatistics. “I am proud of Anna. She is an excellent student in our department.”

Gorczyca presented part of her dissertation, “Change in physical activity and sitting time after myocardial infarction and mortality among postmenopausal women,” at the conference on Wednesday.

Her research uses national data to investigate causes of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women. Gorczyca’s findings suggest that increased physical activity after a heart attack decreases the risk of dying from all causes, while sitting for extended periods after a heart attack increases the risk.

She credits her time at IU and previous experience at Adelphi for cultivating her research skills.

“My advisor, Andrea Chomistek, has been an outstanding supporter and mentor,” Gorczyca said. “The IU community as a whole has provided multiple resources to develop my skills as a researcher.”

Gorczyca will graduate in May. In June, she will begin a post-doctoral fellow position in the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

“I look forward to furthering my research in physical activity and women’s health, specifically women struggling with infertility, and the potential benefits of increasing physical activity and decreasing sitting time in this population,” she said.

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