Rachel Dreyer BSc.(Hons), PhD

Postdoctoral Associate in Medicine

Biographical Info

Dr Rachel Dreyer is an outcomes research scientist, with particular expertise in women’s cardiovascular health, and a visiting scholar at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE).

Dr Dreyer’s main areas of interests include examining sex and gender based differences in a range of vascular disorders including coronary and peripheral artery diseases. She has a particular interest in post acute myocardial infarction (AMI) outcomes with a focus on performance measures (i.e. Door-to-balloon time), sex based cardiac physiology/hemodynamics as well as an interest in cardiovascular health outcomes and health related quality of life utilizing both generic/disease specific measures.

Although Dr Dreyer’s research is inclusive of women of all ages, her time at CORE will build upon her interest in understanding why young women (i.e. <55 years) with heart disease have poorer outcomes. It will particularly focus on the VIRGO study (Variation In Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients), which endeavors to explain the three-fold higher mortality amongst young women who experience an AMI.

Prior to joining CORE, Dr Dreyer completed her doctoral training at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, supported by the prestigious Australian Post Graduate Award. As apart of her doctorate, she played pivotal roles as the Australian lead Investigator responsible for coordinating two international studies, the VIRGO study and PORTRAIT (Patient centered Outcomes Related to Treatment practices in Peripheral Arterial Disease: An International Trajectory), the latter of which is still on going.In addition, she has led and successfully completed two Australian based studies, which include a gender sub-analysis of the CADENCE study (The Coronary Artery Disease in General Practice study), and a South Australian based STEMI registry.

Education & Training

University of Adelaide (Australia) (2007)
University of Adelaide (Australia) (2013)

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