Frank B. Hu
Primary Faculty

Frank B. Hu

Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology

Nutrition

fhu@hsph.harvard.edu

Other Positions

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Epidemiology

Epidemiology

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Chair, Department of Nutrition

Nutrition

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Professor of Medicine

Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School


Overview

Dr. Frank Hu’s research has focused on diet/lifestyle, metabolic, and genetic determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). His major research interests include epidemiology and prevention of cardiometabolic diseases through diet and lifestyle; gene-environment interactions and risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes; nutritional metabolomics in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and obesity, metabolic phenotypes, and cardiovascular disease in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Hu’s group has conducted detailed analyses of many dietary and lifestyle factors and risk of diabetes and CVD, including sugar-sweetened beverages, coffee, red meat, saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, iron, and dietary patterns in large prospective cohort studies including the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. These findings have contributed to current public health recommendations and policies for the prevention of chronic diseases. His group has also identified novel biomarkers and gene-environment interactions in relation to risk of obesity and diabetes by integrating cutting-edge omics technologies into epidemiological studies. In addition, Dr. Hu has conducted extensive research on nutrition transition, metabolic phenotypes, and cardiovascular disease in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Hu served on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, USDA/HHS. He has served on the editorial/advisory board of Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Diabetes Care, and Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Hu was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the IOM) in 2015.

Research Paper Listed as American Heart Association's Top Ten Research Advances for 1997
American Heart Association

Elizabeth Barrett-Connor research Award Finalist in Epidemiology for Young Investigators, AHA
71st American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Charles A. King Trust Research Fellowship
The Medical Foundation, Boston

Research Paper Listed as American Heart Association's Top Ten Research Advances for 2001
American Heart Association

Established Investigator Award, AHA
American Heart Association

Kelly West Award in Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Epidemiology, American Diabetes Association

Elected member, National Academy of Medicine

Ancel Keys Memorial Lecturer American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Boyd Orr Trust Fund Lecturer, The Nutrition Society, UK-Ireland


Bibliography

Knowledge Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities in Health and Prevention Research for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: A Report From the 2021 National Institutes of Health Workshop.

Kanaya AM, Hsing AW, Panapasa SV, Kandula NR, G Araneta MR, Shimbo D, Wang P, Gomez SL, Lee J, Narayan KMV, Mala Mau MKL, Bose S, Daviglus ML, Hu FB, Islam N, Jackson CL, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Kauwe JSK, Liu S, Ma GX, Nguyen T, Palaniappan L, Setiawan VW, Trinh-Shevrin C, Tsoh JY, Vaidya D, Vickrey B, Wang TJ, Wong ND, Coady S, Hong Y.

Ann Intern Med. 2022 Jan 04. PMID: 34978851


News

Healthy plant-based diet associated with lower stroke risk

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Boston, MA – People who eat diets with higher amounts of healthy plant-based foods and lower amounts of less-healthy plant-based foods may reduce their risk of stroke compared to people with lower-quality diets,…