Julie Elizabeth Buring
Adjunct Faculty

Julie Elizabeth Buring

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology


Other Positions

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Emerita


Harvard Medical School


The primary focus of my research has been on the epidemiology of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease and cancer, and especially among women. I am Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator of four large-scale randomized clinical trials or their observational follow-up: the Women's Health Study, a primary prevention trial that evaluated the balance of benefits and risks of low dose aspirin and vitamin E on cardiovascular disease and cancer among 40,000 female health professionals; the Women's Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study, a secondary prevention trial that evaluated the roles of vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid/B6/B12 among 8,000 women with a prior history of heart disease; the Physicians' Health Study II, that evaluated vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene and a multivitamin among 15,000 male physicians; and the Brigham and Women's Hospital Vanguard Center of the Women's Health Initiative, that evaluated the roles of low-fat diet, postmenopausal hormones, and calcium/vitamin D supplementation among over 70,000 women nationwide.

I am actively involved in the teaching and training of students and fellows in epidemiology, both nationally and internationally. I serve as Director of EPI 200: Principles of Epidemiology, a core course at the Harvard School of Public Health, am Director of a T32 NRSA Training Grant funded by the NIA in the Epidemiology of Aging, and Co-Program Director of a similar training grant in the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease, funded by the NHLBI.

John Snow Award, Epidemiology Section2008
American Public Health Association

Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award2007
Harvard School of Public Health

Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award2002
Harvard School of Public Health

Honorary Doctorate Degree2001
Pomona College, Claremont, CA


Association of hormonal and reproductive factors with differentiated thyroid cancer risk in women: a pooled prospective cohort analysis.

O'Grady TJ, Rinaldi S, Michels KA, Adami HO, Buring JE, Chen Y, Clendenen TV, D'Aloisio A, DeHart JC, Franceschi S, Freedman ND, Gierach GL, Giles GG, Lacey JV, Lee IM, Liao LM, Linet MS, McCullough ML, Patel AV, Prizment A, Robien K, Sandler DP, Stolzenberg-Solomon R, Weiderpass E, White E, Wolk A, Zheng W, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Kitahara CM.

Int J Epidemiol. 2024 Feb 01. 53(1). PMID: 38110618

Genetic Susceptibility to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Risk for Pancreatic Cancer: Mendelian Randomization.

King SD, Veliginti S, Brouwers MCGJ, Ren Z, Zheng W, Setiawan VW, Wilkens LR, Shu XO, Arslan AA, Beane Freeman LE, Bracci PM, Canzian F, Du M, Gallinger SJ, Giles GG, Goodman PJ, Haiman CA, Kogevinas M, Kooperberg C, LeMarchand L, Neale RE, Visvanathan K, White E, Albanes D, Andreotti G, Babic A, Berndt SI, Brais LK, Brennan P, Buring JE, Rabe KG, Bamlet WR, Chanock SJ, Fuchs CS, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci EL, Hackert T, Hassan MM, Katzke V, Kurtz RC, Lee IM, Malats N, Murphy N, Oberg AL, Orlow I, Porta M, Real FX, Rothman N, Sesso HD, Silverman DT, Thompson IM, Wactawski-Wende J, Wang X, Wentzensen N, Yu H, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Yu K, Wolpin BM, Duell EJ, Li D, Hung RJ, Perdomo S, McCullough ML, Freedman ND, Patel AV, Peters U, Riboli E, Sund M, Tjønneland A, Zhong J, Van Den Eeden SK, Kraft P, Risch HA, Amundadottir LT, Klein AP, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Antwi SO.

Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023 09 01. 32(9):1265-1269. PMID: 37351909


Three faculty honored for cardiovascular research

Two Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty members recently received Senior Science Awards from the International Aspirin Foundation. Nancy Cook and Julie Buring, professors in the Department of Epidemiology, were honored on September 30, 2016 along…