Alberto Ascherio
Primary Faculty

Alberto Ascherio

Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition


Other Positions

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Epidemiology


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Professor of Medicine

Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Education and Training

MD, 1978
University of Milan

DrPH, 1992
Harvard University



Epstein-Barr virus may be leading cause of multiple sclerosis

For immediate release: January 13, 2022 Boston, MA – Multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease that affects 2.8 million people worldwide and for which there is no definitive cure, is likely caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV),…

Looking at the links between smoking and multiple sclerosis

The risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) among heavy or regular smokers is about twice that of nonsmokers, according to Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The data on…

No link found between mineral intake, MS risk

The intake of minerals such as zinc does not appear to have an influence on the risk of getting multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a large long-term study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Previous studies…

Your refrigerator, your self

A new dating app allows users to get a peek inside potential partners’ refrigerators—the idea being that refrigerator contents can offer clues about people’s personalities. In a March 12, 2019 New York Times article, experts discussed whether the…