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​​​​​​​​​Bring it Down Lead Researchers

Bring It Down is a collaborative research project between Kaiser Permanente Northern California and the University of California, San Francisco, to design, implement and evaluate a multifaceted hypertension control intervention, in the interest of eliminating stroke disparities based on race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.


Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH 
Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH
Program Director
Director of Research Clinics
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH, is the Director of Research Clinics and a senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. He is board certified in internal medicine and certified as a preventive and rehabilitative exercise program director by the American College of Sports Medicine.


Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo 
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS
Program Principal Investigator
Director, Center for Vulnerable Populations
University of California, San Francisco

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is the Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital and the Director of the CTSI K Scholars Program.


Mai N. Nguyen-Huynh 
Mai N. Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS
Principal Investigator, Shake, Rattle and Roll (Project 1)
Research Scientist
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Mai N. Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS, is a board certified vascular neurologist. She is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She is also the Director of Kaiser Primary Stroke Centers in the Diablo Service Area, and an assistant professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco.​


Heather Fullerton 
Heather Fullerton, MD
Principal Investigator, Stroke in the Young (Project 2)
Director, Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center

Dr. Heather Fullerton is pediatric vascular neurologist with an active clinical research program in childhood stroke. She is the Director of the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center, which she established in 2006, and Director of the UCSF Stroke Sciences Group, a group of stroke investigators first established by Dr. Clay Johnston, an adult stroke neurologist and epidemiologist.


Noelle T. Blick 
Noelle T. Blick, MPH
Program Administrative Director
Senior Research Project Manager
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Noelle T. Blick, MPH, has over 20 years experience in developing research initiatives and managing collaborations with diverse partners. Her regional (Northern California) and national positions with Kaiser Permanente have included managing research department operations, grants and contracts ​(federal, state and biotech), finance, compliance and Institutional Review Board submissions. She is experienced in team building, bringing diverse groups to consensus and establishing constructive collaborations.


Salina P. Waddy, MD
NINDS Scientific Project Director
Program Director
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dr. Salina Waddy is a stroke neurologist who completed her medical doctorate at Columbia University, followed by neurology residency training, a stroke fellowship, and neuro-genetics post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. She was an Assistant Professor at Emory prior beginning her current position as Health Disparities Program Director in the Office of Clinical Research.




What's in a Name?​​

This program carries three names, which reflect its progression from funding application to implementation. In the proposal stage, it was titled the “Discovery and Healthcare Innovation to Address Disparities in Stroke Program” or DIADS. It also had a subtitle, “Stroke Prevention/Intervention Research Program,” with the acronym SPIRP.

Now that the program has moved into the public arena, the more consumer-friendly moniker of “Bring It Down” is how it’s known. Bring It Down refers to the primary goal of achieving safe and sustained blood pressure control among African Americans and reducing disparities in hypertension levels between blacks and whites



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