Monday Nutrition Seminars

The Monday Nutrition Seminar Series takes place every Monday from late August to May, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM  ET, in Kresge rm. 502. All Monday Nutrition Seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Hilary Farmer

Missed a seminar? Some recorded presentations and/or slides are linked below, with presenter permission.

December 14, 2020 – Dr. Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine TBD.

December 7, 2020 – Dr Lindsay H. Allen, PhD, Research Physiologist, USDA, ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center, Adjunct Research Professor, University of California, Davis, President, American Society for Nutrition – TBD – NGHP.

November 30, 2020 – Dr Samantha Molsberry, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Nutrition – TBD.

November 23, 2020 – Dr Edward Giovannucci, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Department of Nutrition – TBD.

November 16, 2020 – Professor Lorraine Brennan, University College Dublin, School of Agriculture and Food Science – Metabolomics and food intake – current status and future outlook. [Part of the Dietary Biomarker Symposium: Advances, Challenges, and Future Directions in Food Biomarker Research] – “Metabolomics and food intake – current status and future outlook”.

November 9, 2020 – Mr Jerold Mande, Senior Advisor to the President, Center for Science in the Public Interest; Adjunct Professor of Nutrition – TBD.

November 2, 2020 – Dr Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Co-founder and Senior Scientist, Center for Science in the Public Interest – TBD

October 26, 2020 – Dr Daphne Miller, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Project Scientist, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley – Heath from the Soil Up:  Health and agriculture are one, how can we work together?”.

October 19, 2020 – Dr Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center  – “Addressing Food Insecurity in the United States: Successes and Shortcomings of Federal Nutrition Assistance”.


October 5, 2020 – Dr Jessica Fanzo, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics; Director, Global Food Ethics and Policy Program; Editor-in-Chief, Global Food Security Journal, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University – “Eating Healthy, Sustainably and Equitably in the Anthropocen” – NGHP.

September 28, 2020 – Dr Alon Shepon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department  of Nutrition – “Nutrition-sensitive aquaculture: meeting the dual challenge of nutritional security and environmental sustainability”

September 21, 2020 – Dr Xuehong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS; Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, HSPH – Diet, Lifestyle and Liver Cancer in the US.

September 14, 2020 – Ms Peggy Liu, Chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), Founder, Food Heroes; Distinguished Prof at the China Academy of Governance – Food Heroes:. Gamified Engagement For Children’s Nutrition. A Fresh Look at the Link Between Personal and Planetary Health.

September 7, 2020 – LABOR DAY.

August 31, 2020Dr Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University – Opportunities to mitigate climate change by carbon sequestration in food production systems.

June 10, 2020 – 6th Annual Nutrition Omics Symposium: Advances, Applications, and Translations in Nutrition and Epidemiology

May 11, 2020 – Dr Fang Fang Zhang, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University – TBD.

May 4, 2020 – Dr Sheila Isanaka, Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Global Health – TBD.

April 27, 2020 – Dr Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine,
Co-Director, UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA),  Co-Director, Glycobiology Research and Training Center (GRTC), University of California-San Diego, Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Executive Editor, “Essentials of Glycobiology”, Author: DENIAL – TBD.

April 20, 2020 – Dr Marta Guasch-Ferre, PhD, Research Scientist, Dept of Nutrition – Olive oil consumption and cardiovascular health.

April 13, 2020 – Dr Marco Springmann, Senior Researcher on Environmental Sustainability and Public Health, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford – TBD.

April 6, 2020 – Dr Lindsay Allen, Director of the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at USDA, Davis, California – TBD – NGHP.

March 30, 2020 – Dr Rebecca L. Pearl, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Director of Research, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania – TBD.

March 23, 2020 – Dr Carlos Camargo, Professor in the Dept of Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School, Professor of Medicine, HMS  – TBD.

March 16, 2020 – SPRING BREAK – No Monday Nutrition Seminar.

March 9, 2020 – Dr Alia Crum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford University (Stanford Mind & Body Lab) – Edgy Veggies: Mindsets and Motivating Healthy Behaviors.

March 2, 2020 – Dr Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition; Assistant Professor of Medicine – Trials of vitamin D supplementation in Mongolia: past, current and future – NHHP.

February 24, 2020 – Dr Aurelijus Veryga, MD, PhD, Lithuania Minister of Health, Republic of Lithuania Ministry of Health – Public Health as Health Policy Priority. Tomas Vaiciunas, Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Masters Curriculum at Kaunas University SPH – Lifestyle Medicine: Competencies for Treating & Reversing NCDs.

February 17, 2020 – President’s Day – No Monday Nutrition Seminar.

February 10, 2020 – Dr Anastassios G. Pittas, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Tufts Medical Center · Boston · MA  – Vitamin D for Diabetes: To D or not to D?

February 3, 2020 – Dr Jacqueline Lauer, Research Fellow in Pediatrics, HMS – Environmental Enteric Dysfunction and Poor Growth Outcomes – NGHP.

January 27, 2020 – Symposium: RED MEAT, MEAT ALTERNATIVES, & BEYOND: Health, Environment, Policy, and the Media. View recordings from the symposium.


December 16, 2019Dr Manja Koch, Research Associate, Department of Nutrition – Novel biomarkers for dementia.

December 9, 2019 – Dr Philip Demokritou, Associate Professor; Director, HSPH Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology; Director, Harvard-NIEHS Nanosafety Research Center; Program Director, Nanyang Technological University- Harvard T. H. Chan School pf Public Health Initiative for Sustainable Nanotechnology; Co-Editor in Chief, NanoIMPACT (ELSEVIER) – Sustainable Nanotechnology: Bio-inspired, nature derived and non toxic nanomaterials for agri-food applications.

December 2, 2019Dr Marion Roche, Senior Technical Advisor for Adolescent & Women’s Health and Nutrition, Nutrition International – Adolescent Nutrition: Innovative programs and partnerships to reach adolescents beyond the health system – NGHP.

November 25, 2019 – Dr William N. Ryerson, President, Population Media Center, South Burlington, Vermont – Using Entertainment Media to Address Nutrition and Public Health Issues Worldwide.

November 18, 2019 – Dr Christopher Gardner, Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, Stanford University – Consumption of total and subtypes of dairy products and long-term health outcome.

November 11, 2019 – Veterans Day – No Monday Nutrition Seminar

November 4, 2019Dr Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Nutrition – Consumption of total and subtypes of dairy products and long-term health outcomes.

October 28, 2019 – Dr Stephen P. Juraschek, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of General Medicine, Section for Research – The Next Steps in Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

October 21, 2019 – Dr Hannah G. Lawman, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention — Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health – Public health policy research in action: the cases of a beverage tax, tobacco retail permit regulations, and sodium warning labeling in Philadelphia.

October 14, 2019 – Indigenous People’s Day – No Monday Nutrition Seminar.

October 7, 2019Dr Emily Smith, Research Associate, Department of Global Health & Popuation – Who Benefits? Differential effects of nutrition interventions for a positive pregnancy experience – NGHP.

September 30, 2019 – Dr Steve Gortmaker, Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences – Cost-Effective Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

September 23, 2019 – Dr Jun Li, Research Associate, Department of Nutrition – Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Disease Risk:  An Integrated Metabolomics and Genetics Approach to Biomarker Discovery.

September 16, 2019 – Dr David Eisenberg, Director, Culinary Nutrition, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition, and Dr Jennifer Massa, Research Scientist – Teaching Kitchens as Nutrition Translational Research Labs.

September 9, 2019Dr Wafaie Fawzi and Staff – Information Session on Nutrition and Global Health Concentration – NGHP.

May 13, 2019 – Dr Julia L Finkelstein, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Nutrition, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Implementation Research in Nutrition & Global Policy, Cornell University. TBA.

May 6, 2019 -Dr Lindsay Jaacks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population; Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India – The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change- NGHP.

April 29, 2019 – Dr Ulf Riserus, Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism, Department of Public Health & Caring Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden – Influence of dietary fatty acids on glucose metabolism and type 2 diabetes.

April 22, 2019 – Dr Ahmed Daak, Research Professor, Center of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Florida Atlantic University – Omega-3 fatty acids: From nutrient to therapy.

April 15, 2019Dr Nita Bhandari, Senior Scientist & Director, Centre for Health Research & Development, Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi, India – Are interventions in the 1000-days window likely to be sufficient  to reduce childhood stunting:  Early observations from an ongoing trial.

April 8, 2019 – Dr Christopher Sudfeld, Assistant Professor of Global Health & Nutrition, Harvard Chan School – Causal or Confounding:  Nutrition and Child Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

April 1, 2019 – Dr Pratik Panchal, Clinical Research Scientist, OpenBiome – The microbiome and childhood undernutrition:  Accelerating translational research for global health equity -NGHP. [recorded presentation]

March 25, 2019 – Dr Ivan J Perry, Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, University College-Cork – Understanding and promoting diet quality: a journey from the library to the restaurant. [recorded presentation]

March 18, 2019 – Spring Break

March 11, 2019 – Dr Rikard Landberg, Department of Biology & Biological Engineering; Head of Division Food & Nutrition Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden –  Dietary biomarkers of whole grain intake and beyond- Discovery, validation and use in epidemiological studies.

March 4, 2019 – NGHP -Dr. Jennifer Coates, Associate Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy – A Global Dietary Data Revolution:  New Opportunities and Challenges to Tracking what the World Eats. [recorded presentation]

February 25, 2019 – Dr Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Department of Nutrition.  The search for a path to feed 10 billion a healthy and sustainable diet.

February 18, 2019 – President’s Day

February 11, 2019 Dr. Iris Shai, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev – Green-MED Diet enriched with Mankai (a protein-rich aquatic plant) and cardiometabolic health: Insights from the DIRECT-PLUS trial.

February 4, 2019 Dr. Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food & Agriculture Organization – While feeding ten billion people by 2050, what happens to our Nutrition? – NGHP [recorded presentation]

January 28, 2019 – Dr. Jorge Chavarro, Associate Professor of Nutrition & Epidemiology, Department of Nutrition, Harvard Chan School – New resources for nutritional epidemiology research at Harvard: challenges and opportunities. [recorded presentation]


December 17, 2018 – Dr. Daniel (Dong) Wang – Global Dietary Quality and Preventable Premature Deaths

December 10, 2018 – Dr. Changzheng Yuan –  Long-term consumption of vegetables, fruits, and carotenoids and cognitive function in U.S. Adults

November 26, 2018 – Dr. Antonio Paoli – Ketogenic Diet and Fasting for Athletes 

November 19, 2018 – Dr. Kerry Ivey (Post Doctoral Fellow) – Diet and the microbiome: The role of dietary factors in shaping the population and community ecology of the gastrointestinal microbiome

November 5, 2018 – Dr Daniel Roth – Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto; Clinician-Scientist, Division of Paediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children – Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy and lactation: Insights from a randomized controlled trial in Bangladesh

October 22, 2018 – Miguel Ruiz-Canela Dpto. Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública – Mediterranean diet and prevention of cardiovascular disease-new questions from the PREDIMED-Plus and the PREDIMAR trials[recorded presentation]

October 15, 2018 – Dr. Erica Kenney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition – Leveraging federal food policies to support healthy eating in early childhood: the case of the Child and Adult Care Food Program –[recorded presentation]

September 24, 2018 – Benoît Lamarche PhD FAHA Chaire de Nutrition, INAF Architecte scientifique, PULSAR, Université Laval – Are DHA and EPA created equal? Clinical and mechanistic perspectives

September 17, 2018 – Dr Vasanti Malik, Research Scientist Adjunct Lecturer in Nutrition – Sugar sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages and cardiometabolic health: updates and new insight” [recorded presentation]

September 10, 2018 – Nilupa S. Gunaratna, MS, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Nutrition Science Public Health Graduate Program Purdue University – Improving Diets in Rural Ethiopia:  Are Chickens the Answer?

May 14, 2018  – Matthew W. Gillman, MD, SM – Program Director, Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Office of the Director- National Institutes of Health: Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes.

May 7, 2018  – Kerstin Hanson – HSPH GHP MPH  candidate’18 –Nutrition and Emergency: Why we need to rethink current models of care

April 30, 2018 – Dr. Kirsten Davison – Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition, HSPH – Blending nutrition, health behavior and family sciences to prevent childhood obesity

April 23, 2018 – Dr Rina Agustina – Head of the Human Nutrition Research Cluster from the University of Indonesia – Probiotics and dietary quality: modulation of gut microbiota on intestinal infection and inflammation

April 16, 2018  – Vasanti Malik, ScD – Long-term Consumption of Sugar Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Mortality in US Adults

April 9, 2018  – Dr. Erin van Blarigan – UCSF – Diet after Colorectal Cancer: Observational Studies to Behavioral Interventions

April 2, 2018  – Dr. Anna Herforth – Big data efforts in food systems and nutrition: Food affordability and diet quality

March 26, 2018  – Alessio Fasano, MD , – W. Allan Walker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School [recorded presentation]

March 19, 2018  -Kjetil L. Bjornevik, MD, PhD – The Dietary Risk Factors For Multiple Sclerosis

March 5, 2018  – Nancy F. Krebs – MD, MS Professor of Pediatrics
Head, Section of Nutrition Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Dept of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine

February 26, 2018  – Dr. Majken Jensen – Assistant Professor of Nutrition, HSPH; Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS [recorded presentation]

February 12, 2018  – Dr. Mingyang Song – Instructor in Medicine, HMS
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Nutrition, HSPH – Use of group-based trajectory modeling for weight change analysis and other etiologic and clinical applications

February 5, 2018  – Dr. Ganmaa Davaasambuu – Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition- Vitamin D for the prevention and treatment of respiratory infection

January 29, 2018  – Dr. Yanping Li -Research Scientist, HSPH- Healthy Lifestyle & Life Expectancies

January 22, 2018  -Christina Astley, MD, ScD Instructor in Pediatrics, HMS – Jennifer Todd, MD Instructor in Pediatrics, HMS- Genetic Evidence that Carbohydrate-Stimulated Insulin Secretion Leads to Obesity


December 11, 2017 – Zhenglong Gu – Division of Nutritional Sciences Cornell University – Mitochondrial DNA Mutation and Diseases

December 4, 2017 – (NGHP) – Topic TBD

November 27, 2017 – Allan Walker – (MGH & HSPH) Professor in the Department of Nutrition – Diet and Microbiota in Health and Disease

November 20, 2017 – Josiemer Mattei – (HSPH) Assistant Professor of Nutrition – Topic TBD

November 13, 2017 – Miguel Alonso- Director, Laboratory of Bariatric and Nutritional Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Topic TBD

November 6, 2017 – Anna Lartey – (NGHP) – Topic TBD

October 30, 2017 – Emily Oken – Professor of Population Medicine; Professor in the Department of Nutrition – Topic TBD

October 23, 2017 – Anuraj Shankar – (HSPH) Senior Research Scientist – Topic TBD

October 16, 2017 – Jorge Chavarro – (HSPH) Associate Professor of Nutrition  – Topic TBD

October 2, 2017 – Donna Spiegelman- Professor of Epidemiologic Methods, HSPH-  and
Dr. Archana Shrestha, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, HSPH – Topic TBD

September 25, 2017 – Christopher Golden-(HSPH) Research Scientist /Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk Program – Topic TBD

September 18, 2017 – Marji McCullough – Strategic Director, Nutritional Epidemiology
American Cancer Society, Inc.- Topic TBD

September 11, 2017 – Zirui Song – (HMS) Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy – The Impact of Workplace Wellness Programs on Health and Economic Outcomes

August 28, 2017 – Suneetha Kadiyala – Innovations in agriculture/food systems-nutrition research:  Challenges and opportunities.

June 13, 2017 (Special Seminar) – Rob van Dam – Topic TBD

May 15, 2017 – Fred Tabung – The Inflammatory and Insulinemic Potential of Diet and Risk of Cancer

May 9, 2017 (Special Seminar) – Miguel A Martinez Gonzalez – Mediterranean Diet in Non-communicable Disease Prevention: Update of Predimed & PredimedPlus Trials

May 8, 2017 – Michael J. Wargovich – Chronic Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors: An intervention trial using culinary anti-inflammatories

May 1, 2017 – Lindsay Jaacks – Listening to women talk about what they eat: drivers of food choice in Delhi and implications for NCD prevention

April 24, 2017 – Lisa Harnack – Reshaping the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Improve Family Nutrition

April 17, 2017 – Luc Djousse – Nutrition and Prevention of Heart Failure: Current Evidence

April 3, 2017 – Ihab Tewfik – Tailored Functional Recipe: A Sustainable Approach to Modulate Some Global Health Challenges

March 20, 2017 – Maryam Farvid- Breast Cancer Prevention: Role of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Across the Life Course

March 6, 2017 – Simone Bösch – The NOURISHING policy tool:  Comprehensive policies to reduce diet-related NCDs [recorded presentation] [slides]

February 27, 2017 – Qi Sun, Geng Zong, Gang Liu – Persistent Organic Pollutants: Exposure, Metabolism, and Health Consequences [slides]

February 6, 2017 – Venkat Narayan – Historical economical context to global type 2 diabetes and some unsolved mysteries

January 23, 2017 –  Richard Doty – Olfaction and Taste


December 5 & December 12, 2016 –  Nutrition Department Student Presentations

November 14, 2016 – Daniel (Dong) Wang – Specific types of fat and risk of total and cause-specific mortality 

November 14, 2016 – Ambika Satija – Plant-based dietary patterns and risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease

November 7, 2016 – Martha Clare Morris – Dietary Patterns Intervention

October 31, 2016 – Anne Lusk – Bicycle Research Targeted to Change Policies and Funding to do the Research [slides]

October 24, 2016 – David Tilman – Environmental Sustainability, Diets and Health: Can We Feed the World and Save the Earth? [recorded presentation]

October 17, 2016 – Marta Guasch-Ferre – Mediterranean diet, metabolomics, and cardiometabolic diseases: Findings from the PREDIMED Study

October 3, 2016 – Bette Caan – Body Composition Studies help to Explain the Obesity Paradox in Cancer: Evidence from Colorectal and Breast Cancer

September 26, 2016 – Ron Shaich – A Business Leader’s View on Effecting Change in America’s Diet

September 19, 2016 – Sara Bleich – Experiences in the White House Fellowship and Research Directions

September 12, 2016 – Calestous Juma – The Growing Nutrition Revolution: Biological Diversity & Technological Innovation

March 7, 2016  Jeffrey K Griffiths Unexpected Linkages: Cattle, Child Nutrition and Malaria in Uganda [recorded presentation]

February 29, 2016 – Emily Oster – Diabetes and Diet: Behavioral Response to Health News [recorded presentation]

February 22, 2016 – Michael Goran – Childhood Obesity and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Fatty Liver Disease: Impact of Dietary Sugars during Critical Periods of Nutritional Development 

February  8, 2016 – Jean Kristeller – Mindful Eating: Conceptual and Research Foundations [recorded presentation]

February 1, 2016 – Werner Schultink – UNICEF’s strategic approach to improving maternal and child nutrition

January 25, 2016 – Johanna W Lampe –  Gut Microbial Metabolism of Dietary Bioactives:  Whose Diet Is It Anyway?


November 30/ December 7/ December 14, 2015 Nutrition Department Student Presentations

November 24, 2015 (Special Seminar) –  A special student-sponsored debate between Anuraj Shankar and Richard Cash. – Nutritional stunting: important indicator or misleading metric?

November 23 – Tahmeed AhmedManagement of severe acute malnutrition: from basics to delivery

November 16 – Miguel Ángel Martínez González – Mediterranean diet in the prevention of chronic disease: New evidences from the PREDIMED trial and current status of the PREDIMED-PLUS trial

November 9 – Steven Gortmaker – Cost effective interventions to reduce childhood obesity: some save more than they cost to implement

October 26, 2015 – Shilpa Bhupathiraju – Does Being Overweight Confer a Survival Advantage? Evidence from the Global BMI-mortality Consortium

October 19, 2015 – Lindiwe Sibanda –  Making Agriculture Deliver Nutrition Outcomes

October 5, 2015 – Deidre (Deedee) Tobias – Low-fat diets for long-term weight loss. What do decades of randomized trials conclude? [recorded presentation]

September 28, 2015 – Chris Sudfeld- The potential role of Vitamin D in Health of HIV-infected Adults and Children [recorded presentation]

September 21, 2015 – Philippe Grandjean – Nutrients and Contaminants: The impact of imprecision and reverse confounding

September 14, 2015 – Changzheng Yuan – Nutrient Validation in Women’s Lifestyle Validation Study


December 1 & 15, 2014 – Nutrition Department Student Presentations

November 24, 2014 – Guy Crosby A glimpse into food processing

November 17, 2014 – Mu Chen Dairy products and cardiometabolic disease

November 10, 2014 – Veronika Fedirko – Systemic & Tissue-Specific Effects of Vitamin D in Colorectal Cancer Chemoprevention

 November 3 2014 – Martin Bloem – The role of the world food programme in combating under-nutrition and HIV/AIDS

October 27 2014 – Xiaobin WangEarly life origins of chronic disease

October 20, 2014 – Barton Seaver – Sustaining oceans to sustain people

October 6, 2014 – Jennifer Friedman

September 29, 2014 – Donna Spruijt-Metz – Health Technologies for real-time intervention and behavior change

September 22, 2014 – Juliana Cohen – A comparison of choice architecture and chef-enhanced meals on the selection and consumption of healthier school foods

September 15, 2014 – Stephanie Smith-Warner

September 8, 2014 – Yarlini Balarajan

March 10, 2014 – Jessica Smith – Changes in protein foods, carbohydrate quantity and quality, and long-term weight gain in US men and women

March 24. 2014 – Perenlei Enkhbaatar – Vitamin E in burn trauma

March 3, 2014 – Shuji Ogino – Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE): Insights into Vitamin D, Fish and Cancer Immunity [recorded presentation]

February 24, 2014 – Erin van Blarigan – Diet and Exercise after Diagnosis and Prostate Cancer Survival [recorded presentation]


November 25, 2013 – Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

November 18, 2013 –  William Hsu – Differential response to diet-a physiologic perspective in Asian Americans

November 4, 2013 – Jullie Mennella – Ontogeny of Flavor Preference and Implications for Health

October 28, 2013 – Frank Sacks and Majken Jensen – HDL speciation in lifestyle, metabolism, and chronic disease risk

October 21, 2013 – Jose Merino – Medical journals, editorial policies and data sharing [recorded presentation]

October 7, 2013 – Stephen FreedlandObesity and Prostate: From Bedside to Bench and Back [recorded presentation]

September 30, 2013 – Amy Lampard – Healthy and unhealthy weight control behaviors among adolescents

September 23, 2013 – Iris Shai – Long-term metabolic syndrome effect of moderate alcohol in type 2 diabetes; The 2-year Cardiovascular Diabetes (CASCADE) randomized controlled intervention

September 16, 2013 – Daniel (Dong) Wang – Trends in Dietary Quality among Adults in the United States: Finding from NHANES 1999-2010

September 9, 2013 – John Hoffman – A Healthy America: Leveraging the Media to Create a Culture of Health

May 13, 2013 – Annual Stare-Hegsted Lecture – Michael Pollak – Macronutrient intake, hormones, and neoplasia

May 13, 2013 – Guy Crosby – Pairing Cooking Science with Nutrition

April 29, 2013 – Simonetta Friso – DNA methylation: an epigenetic link between one-carbon metabolism and cancer

May 6, 2013 – Regina Ziegler – Weight, weight change, height, endogenous hormones, and risk of breast cancer

April 22, 2013 – Jennifer Fisher – Obesgenic environments and appetite in children: is self-regulation enough?

April 15, 2013 – Kaylon Tran- Influence of Nutrition on Spontaneous Preterm Birth in a Mouse Model

April 8, 2013 – Eric Ding & Daniel Zoughbie – Leveraging Social Networks and Social Media in Propagating Lifestyle Behavioral Interventions for Weight Loss and Health Outcomes

April 1, 2013 – Lu QiGene-Environment Interactions and Obesity

March 25, 2013 – Daniel Lieberman Human Evolution and Human Health

March 25, 2013 – Jennifer Pomeranz – Food marketing to children: how the law hinders the best nutrition policy

March 11, 2013 – Christina Roberto – Preventing Obesity & Improving Diet Through Public Policy

March 4, 2013 – Jill Reedy – A Framework for Dietary Patterns Research

February 25, 2013 – Stan Hazen – Microbes and Heart Disease

February 11, 2013 – Dariush MozaffarianThe Global Burden of Obesity-Related Mortality due to Sugar Sweetened Beverages

February 4, 2013 – Jason Block – The History of Food and Weight Gain in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort [recorded presentation]

January 28, 2013 – Walter Willett Dairy Foods: Is three servings a day essential for health? [recorded presentation]


October 15, 2012 – Bradley Rickard- How have agricultural policies influenced caloric consumption in the United States.

October 22, 2012-Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen- Linkages between biology, behavior, and environment in the development of obesity.

October 1, 2012- Dr. Steven Grinspoon- Use of a Hypothalamic Peptide, GHRH, to Selectively Reduce Visceral Fat.

September 24, 2012-Dr. William Mair-Molecular Framework Linking Nutrient Sensing to Logngevity.

September 17, 2012Dr. K. Viswanath- The Communications Revolution and Health Inequalities: Implications for Nutrition-

September 10, 2012 – Dr. Eliot Berson -Retinitis Pigmentosa: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment with Nutritional Interventions

April 23rd, 2012 – Dr. Hannia Campos –   Independent but coordinated field trials to improve the quality of staple foods in low and middle income countries : An update from the Global Nutritional and Epidemiological (GNET) Initiative

April 16th, 2012 – Dr. Shuji Ogino – Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Adds New Dimension to Nutrition Analysis  No link at this time

April 9th, 2012 – Dr. Ross Hammond – Agent-based Computational Modeling, Public Health, and Obesity  Permission not granted.

April 2nd, 2012 – Dr. Vasanti Malik, Sc.D– Adolescent diet and risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood

Mar. 26th, 2012 – Dr. Kendrin Sonneville ScD, RD, LDN – Eating disorders and obesity in teens: The role of body dissatisfaction

Mar. 19, 2012 – Dr. Pierre Chandon – How Food Marketing Distorts Portion Size Perceptions and Preferences

Mar. 5th, 2012 – Dr. Christopher Duggan – Vitamin B12 and maternal and child health in India

Feb. 27th, 2012 – Dr. Johanna Lampe – Dietary Modulation of Cancer – Risk Biomarkers in Controlled Feeding Studies: Effects of Genetics

Feb. 13th, 2012 – Dr. Simone French – Linking Parents, Families and Communities to Prevent Obesity Among Children:  The NetWorks Study

Feb. 6th, 2012 – Dr. Manabu Nakamura– An essential role of omega-3 dososahexaenoic acid (DHA) in sperm development

Jan. 30th, 2012 – Dr. Katherine Tucker – Nutrition and health in Boston area Puerto Rican adults

Jan. 23rd, 2012 – Dr. Charles N. Serhan– Novel Specialized Pro-Resolvin Mediators and Mechanisms in acute Inflammation


Dec. 12th, 2011 – Student presentations:

1.  Rachel Blaine – Family Child Care Homes: An Untapped Setting for Obesity Prevention

2. An Pan – Eight glasses of water a day! Truth or Myth?

Dec. 5th, 2011 – Student presentations:

1.  Audrey Gaskins –  Folate and male fertility

2.  Mu Chen – Declining physical activity level and health in China

3.  Sally Akarolo-Anthony – Cranberries and recurrent urinary tract infection

Nov. 28th, 2011 – Student presentations:

1.  Rachel Adler – Increasing active transport to school

2.  Amanda Sands – Sleep duration and overweight and obesity in adolescents

3.  Hyun Joon Shin – Instant noodles and cardiometabolic risk

Nov. 21st, 2011 – Frank Sacks, MD–  Amount and type of carbohydrate influencing risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes: the OmniCarb trial         Permission not granted

Nov. 14, 2011 – Hugo De Groote, PhD – Biofortification to improve nutrition in African rural populations – an economist’s perspective.

Nov. 7, 2011 – Kassandra Munger, ScD – Serum 25(OH)D and risk of type 1 diabetes in the US military   Permission not granted

Oct. 31, 2011 – Aedin Cassidy, PhD –  Flavonoids and Health

Oct. 24, 2011 – Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D –  Food Marketing to Young People in the Digital Age: Health Concerns & Intervention Strategies

Oct. 17, 2011 – Dr. Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH – Energy Balance and Colorectal Cancer Survivorship

Annual Stare-Hegsted Lecture on Oct. 6th, 2011- David Barker CBE, PhD, FRCP, FRS – The maternal origins of health for a lifetime.

Oct. 3, 2011 – Dr. Sjurdur Olsen Ph.D., D.Sc., M.D. –  Impact of marine n-3 fatty acids consumed in pregnancy on mother and child health; with particular focus on prevention of preterm birth

Sept. 26, 2011 – William A. Masters, PhD – Improving child nutrition in Africa: Insights from economics

Sept. 19, 2011 – Dr. Curtis Huttenhower, PhD – Functional metagenomics of the human microbiome and gut microbiota

Sept. 12, 2011 – Dr. Walter Willett, MD, DrPH–  Nutritional Epidemiology:  Highlights from the third edition (volume is low)

May 9, 2011 – Dr. Pedro Sanchez, PhD – The African Millennium Villages

May 2, 2011 – Dr. Stephanie Smith-Warner, PhD – Diet and Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer: Recent Findings from the Pooling Project

April 25, 2011 – Dr. Robert Lustig, MD– Dietary factors, NAFLD, and metabolic syndrome

April 18, 2011 – Dr. Regine Steegers-Theunissen, MD, PhD – The impact of periconception nutrition and epigenetics on reproductive outcome.

April 11, 2011 –  Dr. Sara Benjamin-Neelon, PhD, MPH, RD – Policy-based obesity prevention in young children

April 4, 2011 – Dr. Jodie Dodd, MD -The impact of overweight and obesity during pregnancy and childbirth

March 28, 2011 –   Dr. Luc Tappy, MD – Regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism by nutrients; the role of fructose

March 21, 2011 – Dr. Bryn Austin, Sc.D – Linking Eating Disorders and Overweight Prevention: The View From Planet Health, Public Health, and Beyond

March 7, 2011 – Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, CM, MD, PhD, FRCPC – The use of science, innovation and partnerships to begin to control micronutrient deficiencies in 750 million children globally

February 28, 2011 – Dr. Jane Kerstetter, PhD, RD -Dietary Protein & Bone Health: Current Perspectives

February 14, 2011 – Dr. Iris Shai, PhD – Dietary interventions to reverse atherosclerosis; beyond weight loss?

February 7, 2011Dr. Ellen Wartella, PhD – Food marketing and the child obesity epidemic      (permission not granted)

January 31, 2011 – Dr. Jennifer Nettleton, PhD – Interaction between whole grain foods and genetic variants on markers of diabetes risk: a meta-analysis of data from 14 CHARGE Consortium cohort studies

January 24, 2011 – Dr. Xiang Gao, MD, PhD – Risk factors and preclinical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

January 10, 2011 – Dr. Hannia Campos, PhD Plant omega-3 fatty acids: Could they play a role in cardiovascular disease prevention?

January 3, 2011 – Dr. Lu Qi, PhD Genes, environment, and obesity risk


December 13, 2010 – Student presentations:

1. Lani Rapp – Dairy and prostate cancer: role of calcium and phosphorus

2. Jinnie Rhee – Salted food intake and gastric cancer in Japan

December 6, 2010 – Student presentations:

1. Batool Haider – Hidden hunger: Is biofortification the solution?

2. Claire Bosire – Pancreatic cancer: Another reason to cut the meat?

November 29, 2010 – Matthias Schulze, Dr.PH – Prediction of type 2 diabetes: Lifestyle, diet and beyond

November 22, 2010 – Student presentations:

1. Hala Alessa  –  Diet and health in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: Challenges and Opportunities

2. Ran Zhang – Childhood obesity in China: the burden of economic development

November 15, 2010 Sang Woon Choi, PhD, MD – Nutritional Epigenetics of Aging and Cancer

November 8, 2010 – Lawrence de Koning, PhD – Carbohydrate quantity and quality, and risk of cardiometabolic disease                                                                       

November 1, 2010 – Walter Willett, MD DrPH & Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH – Relation of red meat consumption to coronary heart disease and diabetes:  New results from a meta-analysis and from the Nurses’ Health Study

October 25, 2010 – Frank Sacks, MD – Diet to reverse the increase in blood pressure with age

October 18, 2010 – Chih-Hao Lee, PhD – Immune signaling and metabolic diseases

October 4, 2010 – Dallas English, PhD – Risk Factors for Molecular Subtypes of Colorectal Cancer

September 27, 2010 – Rosa Lamuela-Raventos, PhD – Polyphenol consumption reduce prevalence of hypertension on high cardiovascular risk population (PREDIMED)

September 20, 2010 – June Chan, PhD – Lifestyle, genetics, and prostate cancer progression

September 13, 2010 – Elsie Taveras MD, MPH – Translating observational research into interventions to  prevent childhood obesity

April 26, 2010- William S. Harris PhD – Seminar title: Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: Outcomes and Mechanisms

April 19, 2010– June Stevens Ph.D – Seminar title: Definition and Consequences of Weight Maintenance

April 5, 2010– Anuraj Shankar D.Sc – Seminar title: Maternal Nutrition, Homeostasis, and Health

March 29, 2010-Janice King RD,LDN,SNS,CDE – Seminar title: School Nutrition Programs-Building the Case for Nutrient Dense Foods and Reflecting on Nutrient Synergy and Bio-individuality to Enhance Childhood Nutrition and Health.

March 22, 2010– Sebastien Czernichow M.D, Ph.D -Seminar title: Obesity trends in France, other European countries and current strategies for prevention.

March 1, 2010– Saurabh Mehta S.D -Seminar title: Vitamin D, Perinatal Health, and Infectious Disease

February 22, 2010– Gokhan Hotamisligil M.D, Ph.D -Seminar title: Treasure Hunting in the Fat

February 8, 2010– Aaron Cypess M.D, Ph.D, MMSc -Seminar title: Brown A dispose tissue: Location, Significance, Nutrition Impact

February 1, 2010– Eric Ding Sc.D -Seminar title: NHANES Analysis of Nutrition and Biomarkers