Eric Ding

Research Scientist

Department of Nutrition

Harvard School of Public Health
655 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.466.9626


2004   B.A.   Johns Hopkins University Public Health, Natural Sciences
(Phi Beta Kappa)
2007   Sc.D. [dual program]   Harvard University Epidemiology
Biostatistics (minor)
2007     “”      [dual program]   Harvard University Nutrition
2007-10   Postdoctoral Fellowship   Harvard University Epidemiology and Nutrition


Biographical Summary


Areas of Focus

  • Risk modeling epidemiology
  • Comparative research for translational health policy
  • Global health disease burden
  • Econometrics of health and disease risk
  • Impact bonds for health and prevention
  • Social media and health behavior
  • Technology and health
  • Social networks and health
  • Nutritional risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • Overweight, obesity, and diabetes
  • Nutrition and cancer prevention

Methodological Expertise

  • Randomized controlled trials methodology (cluster/nodal randomization, correction for non-compliance and non-adherence, correction for differential censoring, and time-dependent confounding)
  • Nutritional epidemiology methods
  • Multifactorial disease burden risk modeling
  • Systematic reviews and dose-response meta-analysis
  • Instrumental variable analysis and Mendelian randomization
  • Risk prediction and big data modeling

Ongoing Research Studies:

  • [Randomized trial]: Microclinic Obesity and Metabolic Risk Prevention Program (Kentucky)
  • [Randomized trial]: Microclinic Social Network Behavioral Health Trial in Jordan
  • [Randomized trial]: Microclinic Social Network Intervention for Obesity Management in Qatar (commencing recruitment fall 2013)
  • [Health Program]: Lifestyle Prevention Communication and Community Health Transformation Project in Cumberland Valley District, Kentucky
  • [Policy Analysis]: Evidenced Formal Coverage Index and Universal Healthcare Enactment: A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Social and Economic Predictors
  • [Consortium Project]: Global Burden of Disease Project  //  US Disease Burden Collaboration
  • [Cohort]: Fatty Acid Lipophilic Index for Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Risk
  • [Cohort]: Lipophilic Index of Dietary Fatty Acids and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Cardiometabolic Risk
  • [Cohort]: Obesity and Mortality in Major League Baseball Players 

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