The Vermont American Heart Association held a reception for Dr. Donna Arnett, co-director of the Program in Analytic and Epidemiologic Genomics for the UAB Heflin Center for Human Genetics, at Shelburne Vineyard on Thursday, Oct. 10. Dr. Arnett is also a professor and chair of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the immediate past president of the American Heart Association. In that role, she was at the forefront of global efforts to reduce non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. She had, and continues to have, a huge impact. Dr. Arnett began her career as a nurse, then went on to receive a master’s degree in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of South Florida and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research area is cardiovascular genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenomics. She was in the Green Mountain State to present the Tisdale Lecture at Medicine Grand Rounds at the University of Vermont.