University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, USA
Dr. Fornage is a tenured Professor of molecular medicine and human genetics and the Laurence and Johanna Favrot Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas.
Her research program investigates the genetics and genomics of brain vascular disease and brain aging, both in its clinical and pre-clinical forms in well-characterized populations from young adulthood to old age. As the recipient of numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, she has conducted large-scale genetic studies that have led to the identification of novel genes for brain vascular disease, brain aging and related MRI endophenotypes.
She is an active investigator of several large national and international consortia, including the Cohorts of Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium, the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) consortium, the NINDS Stroke Genetics Network (SiGN), and the NIA Alzheimer Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). She regularly serves on NIH expert advisory panels, including as a regular member of the Genetics of Health and Disease (GHD) study section. She is member of the Leadership Committee of the Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council and a member of the Stroke Statistics Committee of the Epidemiology and Prevention Council of the American Heart Association.