Friday Forums: 2013-2014


Date: October 11, 2013

Speaker: Mark Stavro, PhD – Global Principal Nutritionist, Bunge Limited stavro

Topic:  “Helping the World Eat Healthier with Oils & Grains”

Wines: (1) 2011 Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma, California (2) 2005 El Coto De Imaz – Reserva, Rioja, Spain – 100% Tempranillo

Chocolates: (1) Fair Trade Organic 72% Belgian Dark Chocolate Bar (2) Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar-72 % (3) Chocolate Bar Swiss Dark with 30% Whole Hazelnuts


Date:  November 15, 2013

Speaker: Kay-Tee Khaw, FRCP – Professor of Clinical Gerontology, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK khaw 2

Topic: “Nutrition biomarkers and chronic disease in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer (EPIC)-Norfolk cohort”  

Wines: (1) 2003 Le Pin Beausoleil Bordeaux Superieur, France – 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Malbec (2) 2008 Mas Doix Salanques, Priorat, Spain – 65% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, and the balance of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolates: (1) Ghirardelli Cabernet Matinee  Intense Dark  Bar (2) Ghirardelli Hazelnut Heaven Intense Dark Bar

Date: December 13, 2013

Speaker: Mercedes Carnethon, PhD – Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine  Carnethon 3

Topic:  “Metabolically Obese Normal Weight and Metabolically Healthy Obese: Are These Truly Unique Obesity Phenotypes?” 

Wines: (1) Catena Malbec – 2011 (2) Tikal – Malbec – Organic – 2011

Chocolates:  (1) Chocolove Dark Chocolate Bar Organic Currants and Almonds – 73% Cocoa content (2) Chocolove Organic Dark Chocolate Bar – 73% Cocoa content


Date: January 17, 2014

Speaker:  Susan Redline, MD, MPH – Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Division of Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Physician, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center redline

Topic: “Sleep Apnea: A Modifiable Risk factor for Hypertension and Heart Disease? Results from Observational Studies and Early Clinical Trials”

Wines: (1) Abbona – Papa Celso – Dogliani – 2011 (2) Cos Cerasuolo Di Vittoria – 2010

Chocolates: (1) Schwarze Herren Schokolade – 60% Dark, Germany (2) Lindt – 60% Dark Truffle, Switzerland


Date: February 21, 2014


Speaker: Paul W. Franks, PhD, MS, MPhil, FTOS, – Head of Unit, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Lund University Diabetes Center; Professor of Molecular Epidemiology, Umeå University; Professor of Nutrition (adjunct), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology Unit, Clinical Research Center, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden

Topic: “Putting the genome in context: gene-environment interactions in complex disease”

Wines: (1) Halter Ranch Cotes De Paso Rouge – 2010 (2)  Château Fougas Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes De Bourg Maldoror – 2005

Chocolates: (1) Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Bar  (2)  Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee Bar


Date:  March 28, 2014 – Fellows Forum

Speakers and Topics: 

  • Sally Akarolo-Anthony, MBBS, MSc“Dietary and Supplemental Intake of Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium and the Risk of Stroke among Women and Men”
  • Liana C. Del Gobbo, PhD“Omega-3 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Coronary Heart Disease: A Pooling Project of 16 Cohort Studies”
  • Chandra L. Jackson, PhD, MS“Differences in the Relationship between Alcohol Drinking Patterns and Mortality among Blacks and Whites in the United States”
  • Michael Mendelson, MD“Methylome-Wide Association Study of Body Mass Index”

Wines: (1) Dom Ogier Syrah D’Ogier – 2011 (2) Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010

Chocolates:  (1) Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee Bar (2) Lindt 70% Cocoa EXCELLENCE Smooth Dark Bar


Date: April 18, 2014


Speaker:  Aaron Folsom, MD, MPH – Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Topic: “Venous Thromboembolism (VTE):  Its Epidemiology and Recent Observations from the Longitudinal Study of Thromboembolism Etiology (LITE)”

Chocolates: (1) Salazon Chocolate Co. Organic Dark Sea Salt and Cane Sugar Chocolate Lake Champlain Chocolates Organic Peruvian Dark (2) Camille Bloch Torino Fine Swiss Chocolate with Truffle Filling Schmerling’s of Switzerland Orange Noir (Kosher for Passover)


Date: May 16, 2014


Speaker:  Jean-Pierre Després, PhD, FAHA – Professor, Laval University, Director of Research, Cardiology, Québec QC, Canada

Topic: “Assessing/Managing Obesity as a CVD Risk Factor: Beyond Weight Loss”

Wines: (1) Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010 (2) Selvapiana Fornace Toscana-Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Sangiovese – 2007

Chocolates: (1) Ghirardelli Intense Dark 60% Cacao Evening Dream Bar (2) Lindt Excellence 85% Cacao Extra Dark Bar



solomonDate: June 13, 2014

Speaker: Scott D. Solomon, MD – Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Noninvasive Cardiology, Director, Cardiac Imaging Core Laboratory and Clinical Trials Endpoints Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Editor, Circulation

Topic:  “Cardiac Structure and Function in the Community: Insights from the ARIC Echocardiographic Study”