Research Projects

Research Highlights:

Evidence-based Optimal Nutrition: The Quest for Proof! Online Course

Learn from the experts: Illuminating the complex world of nutrition research. In today’s world, we are bombarded with food advertisements, promotions, and warnings. Between the juice cleanses, detox diets, and superfoods, it’s easy to lose track of the best dietary patterns supported by solid evidence. Evidence-based Optimal Nutrition: The Quest for Proof!, a self-paced online nutrition course taught by leading experts from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will enable you to cut through the confusion and learn the true evidence-base for nutrition.
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EVERGREEN: The Evidence-Based Research Group to Evaluate Nutrition Policy

Led by Dr. Rimm and Dr. Bleich, EVERGREEN: The Evidence-Based Research Group to Evaluate Nutrition Policy is a team of well-established faculty, researchers, and students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that are invested in improving population health through assessment of current U.S. nutrition policies and programs, cutting-edge, innovative nutrition policy research, and effective community-level interventions to improve access to fresh, healthy foods.
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Health Professionals Follow-up Study

The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) began in 1986. The purpose of the study is to evaluate a series of hypotheses about men’s health relating nutritional factors to the incidence of serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, and other vascular diseases. This all-male study is designed to complement the all-female Nurses’ Health Study, which examines similar hypotheses. The HPFS is sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Cancer Institute.
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Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology

The Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology promotes and advances research collaboration and discussion among investigators with expertise in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth lsrael Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Framingham Study, and other sites.
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The Nutrition Source

The Nutrition Source is a leading authority on food and nutrition knowledge, providing science-based guidance for healthy living. The website offers comprehensive nutrition information through timely articles and FAQ’s, while recipes and tools, including The Healthy Eating Plate, facilitate the translation of food and nutrition knowledge into daily practice. With the media culture full of confusing nutrition misinformation, clinicians, health professionals, journalists, and the general public can rely and trust The Nutrition Source’s independent, clear, and unbiased content—free from industry influence or support.
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Research Areas:

  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutrition Policy
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol
  • Biomarkers, Genetics, and Other Heart Disease
  • Microbiota
  • Other Acute/Chronic Disease
  • Methods

Recent Projects:

  • Dietary Etiologies of Heart Disease
  • Cancer Epidemiology Cohort in Male Health Professionals
  • Dietary Patterns and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Study of School Meal Consumption
  • HDL Proteins and Coronary Heart Disease
  • Risk Factors for CVD in Women
  • Promoting Employee Health through the Worksite Food Environment
  • Supermarket Science: Multipronged Approaches to Increasing Fresh, Frozen and Canned Fruit and Vegetable Purchases
  • The Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial (Harvard Biostatistical and Biospecimen Core)