Friday Forums: 2007-2008


Date: September 28, 2007

Dan Levy140x180Speaker: Daniel Levy, M.D.

Topic: “Current and future initiatives at Framingham and NHLBI”

Wines: (1) 2004 Nispero, Sangiovese 85% Merlot 15%, Umbria, Italy; Azienda Agricola; Adanti, Arquata di Bevagna (2) Tilia, Malbec Syrah; Mendoza, Argentina; Estate Grown and Bottled by Bodegas Esmeralda

Chocolates: (1) Dark squares, cocoa 71%, origin Switzerland, brand Trader Joe’s. (2) Dark squares, cocoa 71%, origin Venzuela, brand Unique Origin Ocumare


Date: November 16, 2007

Speaker: Scott Solomon, M.D.scottsolomon140x180

Topic: “Cardiovascular Risk and Cox-2 Inhibitors: Lessons for assessing cardiovascular safety of non-cardiovascular therapies”

Wines: (1) 2004 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, mostly Prugnolo Gentile with some Canaiolo and Mammolino; Tuscany, Italy (2) 2005 Ferrari-Carrano Siena, Sangiovese, Malbec and Zinfandel; Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley, California

Chocolates: Whole Foods Brand “365” dark chocolate and Sirius Icelandic 45% cocoa


Date: January 25, 2008

Speaker: Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D.Loscalzo140x180

Topic: “Reflections of a Cardiovascular Journal Editor”

Wines: (1) 2001 ‘La Bastide de Dauzac,’ Margaux, At Dauzac the cépage is 58% Cabernet sauvignon, 37% Merlot with 5% Cabernet franc (2) 1994 Ch. La Croix de Gay, Pomero, made up of 13 hectares of vines, mostly of the Merlot variety (80%)

Chocolates: (1) Green & Black’s organic bittersweet dark chocolate, 70% cocoa (2) Chocolote cherries & almonds in dark chocolate, 55% cocoa


Date: February 8, 2008

Speaker: Majid Ezzatimajid_ezzati140x180

Topic: “The Descriptive Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Mortality and Risk Factors in US States and Counties”

Chocolates: (1) Endangered Species Dark Chocolate, 70% cocoa with cocoa nibs (2) Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate, 88% cocoa (3) Green & Black’s Maya Gold, 70% cocoa with orange and spices


Date: March 21, 2008

Speaker: David Christiani, M.D.Christiani140x180

Topic: “Cardiovascular Effects of Air Pollution”

Wines: (1) 2003 Aglianico Castel del Monte, Riserva ‘Cappellaccio’ Azienda Vinicola, Rivera, Andria, Puglia (2) 2003 Bradisismo Veneto Rosso, Inama (Veneto, Italy), Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Carmenere (20%), Merlot (10%)

Chocolates: (1) Dark chocolate with cranberries and pistachios, 60% cocoa, Laughing Moon chocolates, Vermont (2) Dark chocolate with cranberries and macademia nuts, 60% cocoa, Hersey chocolates


Date: April 4, 2008 — Fellows Forum

Speakers and Topics:

  • Lu Wang, MD, PhD“Dairy products, Calcium, and Vitamin D and the Risk of Hypertension in Middle-aged and Older Women”
  • Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D.” FTO Gene Variants and Obesity: Longitudinal and Functional Analysis”
  • Goodarz Danaei, MD“Mortality effects of lifestyle, dietary and metabolic risk factors in the United States: comparative risk assessment”

Wines: (1) 2002 Brothers in Arms Blend No 6. Australian Shiraz Cabernet (2) 2004 Marquis Philips Merlot Australian

Chocolates: (1) Trader Joe’s dark chocolate, 70% cocoa, Belgian (2) Villars dark chocolate, 72% cocoa, Swiss


Date: May 9, 2008

Speaker: Emelia Benjamin, M.D., Sc.M. benjamin140x180

Topic: “The Epidemiology and Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation; Current Insights and Future Directions”

Wines: (1) Newton Chardonnay Red Label 2005 Sonoma – Napa. (2) St. Supery Estate Bottled 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Chocolates: (1) Dagoba organic dark chocolates: (1) 59% cacao (2) 74% cacao (3) 74% cacao with nibs


Date: June 13, 2008

Speaker: Murray Mittleman, M.D.mittleman140x180

Topic: “Clearing the Air about Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease”

Wines: (1) Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir 2006 Oregon, (2) Dr Loosen & J. Christopher ” Two Worlds” Pinot Noir 2006

Chocolates: (1) Green & Black’s Organic Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, 70% cocoa, (2) Green & Black’s Organic Bittersweet Dark Chocolate with Hazenults and Currants, 70% cocoa