Friday Forums: 2011-2012


Date: September 23, 2011

Speaker: John Danesh – Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Head, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Public Health, University of CambridgeJohn-Danesh140x180

Topic: “Emerging Risk Factors in Cardiovascular Disease, The Power and Pitfalls of Mendelian Randomization?”

Recorded Talk: http://webapps.sph.harvard.edu/accordentG2/fridayforum-20110923/

Wines: (1) 2004 Faustino V Reserva, Spain (2) 2008 Feudi Primitivo, Italy

Chocolates: Thornton’s dark chocolate: (1) 63% cocoa with coffee beans (2) 53% cocoa with blueberries and raspberries           


Date: October 14, 2011

Speaker: Goodarz Danaei, MD ScD – Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public HealthDanaei140x180

Topic: “Disaster and Success: Global Trends in Metabolic Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Diseases”

Wines: (1) 2009 Owen Roe Abbot’s Table, Washington State (2) 2009 Orin Swift The Prisoner, California

Chocolates: (1) Casa Angel dark chocolate with almonds, 73% cocoa, Spain (2) Max Brenner dark chocolate with almonds, 70% cocoa, USA


Date: November 18, 2011

Speaker: Edward D. Frohlich, MD – Alton Ochsner Distinguished Scientist, Ochsner Clinic Foundationfrohlich140x180

Topic: “Dietary Sodium Excess is a Pathogenetic Factor Underlying Cardiac and Renal Failure”

Wines: (1) Anwilka 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (63/37%), Stellenbosch, South Africa (2) Bogle Vineyards 2007 ‘Phantom’ [Petite Sirah, Old Vine Zinfandel, Old Vine Mourvedre]

Chocolates: (1) Meiji Black dark chocolate, Japan


Date: December 9, 2011

Speaker: Steven Gortmaker, Ph.D. – Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Healthgortmaker140x180

Topic: “The Best Value for Money: Interventions to Reduce Obesity”

Wines: (1) 2007 Flora Springs, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA (2) 2009 Catena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina

Chocolates: (1) Dark chocolate pound bar, 72% cocoa, Trader Joe’s


Date: January 13, 2012

Speaker: Charles Eaton, MD, MS – Professor of Family Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Brown Universitycharles_eaton_140x180

Topic: “Are Sedentary Behavior and Physical Inactivity the same or separate risk predictors of Coronary Heart Disease: Results from the Women’s Health Initiative”

Wines: (1) 2009 Mocali Rosso di Montalcino (2) 2007 Chateau de Chambert Cahors Malbec

Chocolates: (1) Taza dark chocolate, 70% cocoa (2) Taza dark chocolate nibs, 67% cocoa

Date: February 10, 2012bill_kraus140x180

Speaker: William E. Kraus, MD – Assistant Professor, Departments of Cell Biology and Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

Topic: “Genomic and Metabolic Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease”

Wines: (1) Chateau Castera Cru Bourgeois (2) Trefethen Double T Napa Red

Chocolates: (1) Green & Black’s Dark Chocolates including: regular dark, currant & hazelnut, coffee bean

Date: March 9, 2012100719_3187_lichtenstein017.jpg

Speaker: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc – Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Director and Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, Tufts University

Topic: “Biomarkers for Nutrient Intake. What are our Options?”

Wines: (1) 2007 Pelter Cabernet Franc (2) 2004 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir


Date: April 13, 2012 – Fellows Forum

Speakers and Topics: 

  • Monica Bertoia — “Novel markers of lipoprotein oxidation and risk of peripheral artery disease”
  • Deepak Gupta — “Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction in African Americans: The ARIC study”
  • Marcia Otto — “Dietary intake of saturated fat by food source and incident cardiovascular disease: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis”
  • Vasileia Varvarigou — “Cardiovascular deaths in US police officers: duty specific risks”

Wines: (1) 2008 Joel Gott, California Zinfandel (2) 2010 Tikal Malbec, Vista Flores in the Uco Valley of Mendoza

Chocolates: (1) Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Germany (2) Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt with Roasted Almonds, USA


Date: May 11, 2012

Speaker: Frank M. Sacks, M.D. – Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public HealthFrank_Sacks140x180

Topic: “Apolipoproteins Modulating Risk and Function of Human Lipoproteins”

Wines: (1) Taburno Aglianico Fidelis (2) 2010 Monaci Liante Salice Salentino

Chocolates: (1) Valrhona Dark Chocolate, France, 71% cocoa (2) Trader Joes’ Fair Trade Organic Dark Chocolate, Belgium 72% cocoa