Eric Rimm

Eric Rimm

Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition

Department of Epidemiology
Department of Nutrition

655 Huntington Avenue
Building II Room 373a
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.432.1843

Harvard Affiliations: Director, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology; Associate Professor, Channing Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

CV: Eric Rimm’s Curriculum Vitae

Eric Rimm is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School.   He is the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.   Dr. Rimm served as the Director of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study for twenty years, a prospective investigation of diet and chronic disease among 50,000 male health professionals. His main research interests include studying associations between diet and other lifestyle characteristics in relation to risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Dr. Rimm served on the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee and the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes for Macronutrients Committee, and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He served on the Executive Committee of the Epidemiology and Prevention Council of the American Heart Association and serves on the Board of Directors for Project Bread -The Walk for Hunger.

He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet, Circulation,the British Medical Journal, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Current Research Projects

heart attackProgram in Cardiovascular Epidemiology:  

The Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology promotes and advances research collaboration and discussion among investigators with expertise in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth lsrael Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Framingham Study, and other sites.


Mens Lifestyle Validation Study

Selected Professional Affliations

Member, Society For Epidemiological Research

Member, The American Heart Association

Member, NAASO, The North American Association for the Study of Obesity

Honors and Awards

Personal Awards:

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Research Service Award (1986-1991)

Student Workshop Award, Society for Epidemiological Research  (1989)

Harvard School of Public Health, Mentor/Teaching Award   (1996)

American Society of Nutrition General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award (2012)

Trainee Awards:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tobias Pischon, Jeremiah Stamler Award national winner for outstanding research, American Heart Association  (2003)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tianying Wu, Jeremiah Stamler Award national winner for outstanding research, American Heart Association  (2004)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stephanie Chiuve, Jeremiah Stamler Award national winner for outstanding research, American Heart Association  (2006)

Courses Taught

Practice of Epidemiology

Cardiovascular Epidemiology

The Science of Human Nutrition


Sc.D., 1991, Harvard School of Public Health

Selected Publications

Rimm EB, Williams P, Fosher K, Criqui M, and Stampfer MJ. A biologic basis for moderate alcohol consumption and lower coronary heart disease risk: A meta-analysis of effects on lipids and hemostatic factors. BMJ, 1999; 319:1523-1528.

Pischon T, Girman CJ, Hotamisligil GS, Rifai N, Hu FB, Rimm EB. Plasma adiponectin levels and risk of myocardial infarction in men. JAMA, 2004;291:1730-1737.

Mozzaffarian D, Rimm EB. Fish intake, contaminants, and human health: evaluating the risks and the benefits. JAMA, 2006; 297: 590.

Tuncman G, Erbay E, Hom X, De Vivo I, Campos H, Rimm EB, Hotamisligil GS. A genetic variant at the fatty acid-binding protein aP2 locus reduces the risk for hypertriglyceridemia, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 May 2;103(18):6970-5.

Rimm EB, Moats C. Alcohol and coronary heart disease: drinking patterns and mediators of effect. Ann Epidemiol, 2007; 17: S3-7.

Pai JK, Mukamal KJ, Rexrode KM, Rimm EB. C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Gene Polyporphisms, CRP Levels, and Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease in Two Nested Case-Control Studies. PLos ONE. 2008 Jan 2;3(1):e1395.

Jensen MK, Mukamal KJ, Overvad K, Rimm EB. Alcohol consumption, TaqIB polymorphism of cholesteryl ester transfer protein, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and risk of coronary heart disease in men and women. Eur Heart J. 2008 Jan;29(1):104-12.