Brookline Resident Joins Staff at Boston University School of Medicine’s Slone Epidemiology Unit

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
June 22nd, 2000

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 |

(Boston, MA) — Brookline resident Sonia Hernández-Díaz, MD, MPH, has joined the Slone Epidemiology Unit (SEU) at Boston University School of Medicine as an epidemiologist.

A recent graduate of Harvard School of Public Health, Hernández-Díaz is also the recipient of the 2000 Abraham Lilienfeld Student Prize by the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) for her paper titled “Folic Acid Antagonists During Pregnancy and Risk of Cardiovascular Defects and Oral Clefts.”

The Lilienfeld Prize recognizes excellence in student research. It was established by SER to honor Dr. Abraham Lilienfeld, a beloved teacher and influential scholar.

Hernández-Díaz received her medical degree from Autonoma University of Madrid, School of Medicine. Prior to joining SEU, she was a research fellow and a teaching assistant at Harvard School of Public Health.

In addition to the Lilienfeld Prize, she has received the Oral Presentation Prize at the 15th Annual Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, a Real Colegio Complutense Scholarship and a Spanish Ministry of Education Scholarship.

Founded in 1975, the SEU focuses on the application of epidemiologic techniques to identify and characterize the risks and safety of medications, including acute effects in hospitalized patients, acute and long-term effects in ambulatory subjects and birth defects resulting from maternal drug exposures. The SEU is considered one of the world’s largest and most rigorous research groups in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, a field that the unit helped to establish. The multidisciplinary research group includes specialists in internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, nursing, pharmacy, biostatistics and computer sciences.

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