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Alyssa Dufour, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist II
  • Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Faculty

Dr. Dufour completed her training in biostatistics at Boston University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her methodological expertise is based in cluster analysis of unstable longitudinal patterns of disease progression. She has received the Scientist Development Award from the American College of Rheumatology, Rheumatology Research Foundation. She has led investigations of body composition remodeling in aging and its role in the epidemiology of foot disorders utilizing data from the Framingham Foot Study.

Dr. Dufour has many collaborations both within the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and at outside institutions.  She works closely with the faculty of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at the Marcus Institute on many projects studying foot health in older adults.  Dr. Dufour has also collaborated with faculty at MAVERIC at the VA Boston Healthcare System, working with a group studying medication use in cardiac stenting.  Additionally, as a Visiting Scientist at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, she is involved in an intervention study of physical activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis. 


Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring 
Harvard Medical School
2014Young Investigator Travel Grant
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
2010Graduate Student Achievement Award
American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation/Abbott 
2010Young Investigator Award
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Research Areas

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Data Science and Technology

The Marcus Institute includes a biostatistics and data sciences faculty who collaborate with investigators to design and conduct clinical trials and observational studies in aging.

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Physical Health and Function

Through the Marcus Institute’s research we are learning how older adults can maintain independence and quality of life.

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