Friday Forums: 2012-2013


Date: October 26, 2012

ebeling140x180Speaker: Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD – Associate Director, New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Topic: “Dietary Composition during Weight-Loss Maintenance: Effects on Energy Expenditure and CVD Risk Factors”

Wines: (1) 2012 Marietti Cellars, Lot #57 Old Vine Reds, California (2) 2005 Broken Leg Vineyard, Syrah, Anderson Valley, Northern California 


Date: December 14, 2012frieden140x180

Speaker: Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH – Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Topic: “Million Hearts Initiative: the Leading Edge of Public Health and Clinical Improvement”

Wines: (1) 2011 Orin Swift The Prisoner Red Blend, Napa Valley, California (2) 2009 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel, California


Date: January 18, 2013MauricioHernandezAvila140x180

Speaker: Dr. Mauricio Hernández Ávila, PhD – General Director, National Institute for Public Health

Topic: “Public Policy to Contain Obesity: the Case of Mexico”

Wines: (1) 2008 Mas Doix Salanques Priorat Blend – 65% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, the rest Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, Priorat, Spain (2) 2010 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha – 100% Garnacha, Spain


Date: February 15, 2013

Speaker: Walter C. Willett, MD., Dr.P.H. – Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public HealthWalt140x180

Topic: “SNAP: The potential to remake diets in America”

Wines: (1) 2010 Bodegas Catena Zapata, Catena Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina (2) 2010 Mitolo, Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Chocolates: (1) Ghiradelli dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt, California (2) Godiva dark chocolate with almonds, Germany, 72% cocoa

Date: March 29, 2013

Speaker: Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH – Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health, Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healthappel140x180

Topic: “Research on Salt and Health: How do we get out of the quagmire?”

Wines: (1) 2010 Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Sonoma, California (2) 2010 Domaine des Terres de Velle (Auxey-Duresses), Meursault, France

Chocolates: (1) Lindt Excellence: Dark Chocolate Infused with Spicy Red Chili (2) Ghirardelli: Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao


Date: April 26, 2013 – Fellows Forum

Speakers and Topics: 

  • Isha Agarwal, ScD – “Fibrosis-related Biomarkers, Incident Mortality, and Cardiovascular Disease”
  • Tianxiao Huan, PhD – “Integration of Transcriptomic Profiling, Genome-wide Association, and Network Biology Reveals Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Blood Pressure Regulation”
  • Ciaran McMullan, MD – “Melatonin Secretion in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes”
  • Gitanjali Singh, PhD – “Mortality Due to Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption: a Global, Regional, and National Comparative Risk Assessment”

Wines: (1) 2009 Cune Viña Real Plata Rioja Crianza, Sierra Cantabria, Spain (2) 2011 Cline Ancient Vines Carignane, Contra Costa County, CA

Chocolates: (1) Perugina- bittersweet chocolate, 70% cacao (2) Divine- fruit and nut dark chocolate

Date: May 31, 2013

fearon140x180Speaker: William F. Fearon, M.D. – Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Interventional Cardiology, Stanford University Medical Center

Topic: “Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Stable CAD: Implications of FAME 2″

Wines: (1) 2009 Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (2) 2009 Newton Claret

Chocolates: (1) Lindt Chocolate Excellence 70% Cocoa Almond Brittle (2) Dove Dark Chocolate Almond Bar


Date: June 21, 2013

andrewlevy140x180Speaker: Andrew Levy, MD, PhD, FACC – Vice Dean, Director, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

Topic: “Trojan Horses, Pharmacogenetics and the Prevention of Diabetic Vascular Disease”

Wines: (1) 2009 Yarden Cabernet (2) 2004 From Bordeaux – Barons Rothschild – Haut Medoc