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BIRCWH Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Marie Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
Tulane BIRCWH Principal Investigator and Research Director

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Dr. Krousel-Wood is a physician investigator who is actively engaged in cardiovascular research, a leading cause of death for women and minorities.  Over the last 25 years, she has successfully administered research projects, collaborated with other investigators and healthcare providers in multiple disciplines, effectively mentored junior faculty, including BIRCWH scholars, and published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters.  Through her interdisciplinary research collaborations, she has identified sex-specific and other determinants for CVD and barriers to effective interventions which will be instrumental in tailoring interventions to prevent and reduce CVD and reduce health disparities.  These findings are now facilitating design of interventions, tailored to overcome barriers for women and other subgroups, to improve medication adherence and reduce morbidity and mortality in older women and men.

Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD
Director, Tulane BIRCWH Women’s Resource Laboratory
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Bazzano is a clinician-investigator trained in Epidemiology and board certified in Internal Medicine with expertise in a broad range of clinical research with a focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. Her primary emphasis has been on the role of dietary and metabolic factors such as obesity, lipids and glucose in the development of vascular disease. She has been working with the Bogalusa Heart Study program since 2010 and currently serves as the Chair of the Bogalusa Heart Study Program Steering Committee and PI on an NIH/NIA R01AG041200 investigating the role of vascular aging in cognitive and physical performance in the Bogalusa Heart Study cohort. 
Dr. Bazzano is an Associate of the BIRCWH program (BIRCWH training 2005-07.) 

Photo of Natasha CoenNatasha Coen
Tulane BIRCWH Program Manager

Natasha Coen serves as the primary liaison between the BIRCWH Scholars, the faculty mentors, and the Principal Investigator.  She is responsible for the coordination of all program-related day to day activities, the Scholar recruitment and application process, and all program evaluation activities.  She also contributes to the preparation of study protocols, monitoring the completion of Responsible Conduct in Research Training, and assisting Scholars with research project coordination activities.


Erin Peacock, PhD
Tulane BIRCWH Analyst

Dr. Peacock works closely with the Director of the BIRCWH Women's Health Resource Laboratory to assist the BIRCWH Scholars with data management, quality control, and data analysis.