Researching chronic disease in the aftermath of a hurricane

One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a large observational study will document the development of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases among the island’s adult population. When compared to the general U.S. population and residents of other Hispanic/Latino heritage, multiple studies have found that Puerto Ricans living in the mainland U.S. have a high … Continue reading “Researching chronic disease in the aftermath of a hurricane”

Spotlight on 2018 graduates

Five students in the Department of Nutrition will receive their doctorate degrees during this year’s  Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Bright, hardworking, and dedicated to improving public health worldwide, these individuals worked hard to achieve their academic goals, and their Harvard degrees are well-earned. The Department of Nutrition congratulates these graduates for all of their hard work, determination, … Continue reading “Spotlight on 2018 graduates”

Hannah Cory selected as Health Policy Research Scholar

Hannah Cory, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition, was selected as one of 40 scholars to participate in the second cohort of the Health Policy Research Scholars Program. With the intention of diversifying the next generation of leaders and ensuring equity in policies, the program brings together a diverse group of U.S. scholars … Continue reading “Hannah Cory selected as Health Policy Research Scholar”

A whole-community approach to reduce childhood obesity shows promise

A large-scale effort to reduce childhood obesity in two low-income Massachusetts communities resulted in some modest improvements among schoolchildren over a relatively short period of time, suggesting that such a comprehensive approach holds promise for the future. The study, along with two others evaluating Massachusetts’ efforts to reduce childhood obesity, were published in the July 2017 issue of Obesity. Coverage: A … Continue reading “A whole-community approach to reduce childhood obesity shows promise”

Spotlight on 2017 Graduates

Five students in the Department of Nutrition will receive their doctorate degrees during Commencement on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Bright, hardworking, and highly dedicated towards improving public health worldwide, these new ScD’s worked long and hard to achieve their academic goals, and their new Harvard degrees are well earned. The Department of Nutrition congratulates these graduates for … Continue reading “Spotlight on 2017 Graduates”

Kirsten Davison receives 2017 Alice Hamilton Award

Dr. Kirsten Davison, the Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition, has received the 7th Annual Alice Hamilton Award from the Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty (CAWF). The Alice Hamilton Award recognizes the impact in public health and the future promise of a woman faculty member, honoring the memory of Alice Hamilton–a pioneer in … Continue reading “Kirsten Davison receives 2017 Alice Hamilton Award”

Poster Day 2017

The Department of Nutrition was well represented at the 3rd Annual Harvard Chan Poster Day, where students, postdocs, and research associates gathered to present and discuss their work. Presenters from the department included: Alyssa Moran, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Marketing During Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Issuance: Insight from Three New York Counties Amanda C. McClain, Food … Continue reading “Poster Day 2017”

Department welcomes Chairman Frank Hu, honors predecessor Walter Willett

At an event appropriately catered with foods fit for a Healthy Eating Plate, colleagues and members of the Department of Nutrition gathered to welcome Dr. Frank Hu into his new role as Chairman, and to honor Dr. Walter Willett’s esteemed chairmanship. Since beginning his new role on the first of the year, Dr. Hu remarked … Continue reading “Department welcomes Chairman Frank Hu, honors predecessor Walter Willett”

Can diet prevent alzheimer’s and cognitive decline?

Dr. Frank Sacks, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, and his research team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have begun a 3-year landmark research study, in collaboration with researchers from Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, to examine the effects of two weight loss diets on brain health and cognitive decline. … Continue reading “Can diet prevent alzheimer’s and cognitive decline?”