Division of Epidemiology
Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0607
Maria Rosario (Happy) G. Araneta PhD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Division of Epidemiology. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from UCSD and her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University.
Dr. Araneta's research interests include ethnic health disparities in type 2 diabetes, regional fat distribution, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic abnormalities, and maternal and pediatric HIV/AIDS. She is the Principal Investigator of the UCSD Filipino Health Study, a longitudinal study of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis among Filipino men and women, the UCSD PI of the Practicing Restorative Yoga vs. Stretching for the Metabolic Syndrome (PRYSMS) study, and co-investigator of the Rancho Bernardo Study, where she leads research on ethnic health disparities among Caucasian, Filipino and African-American (Health Assessment Study of African-American Women) women. She serves as a perinatal epidemiologist for the UCSD Mother, Child and Adolescent HIV Program, where she is a co-investigator on maternal and perinatal HIV studies in Mexico, and a study to reduce child abandonment and neglect among HIV positive parents. Her prior research include studies on birth defects and adverse reproductive outcomes among Gulf War veterans, and perinatal HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Araneta teaches Epidemiology I and II through the CREST/MAS program and taught Applied Epidemiology to junior faculty in Ethiopia through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. She teaches UCSD medical students and doctoral students in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.
Dr. Araneta has mentored students and junior faculty from Brazil, Ethiopia, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. She is the 2014 recipient of the American Diabetes Association's Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award for her research on diabetes among Asian-Americans, and was a Finalist for the James G. Wilson Publication Award of The Teratology Society in 2004. Her research has been presented nationally and internationally, including press appearances in CNN, MS-NBC, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Nature, Physician's Weekly, and Medscape Medical News.
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