CoRAL News Archive: 2017

CoRAL News Archive: 2017


In this video, Timing of pregnancy weight gain may influence child’s obesity, disease risks, on Healio, Emily Oken discusses the early-life predictors of obesity and chronic diseases and whether the timing of pregnancy weight gain plays a role in subsequent disease.


CoRAL research scientist, Karen Switkowski was quoted in the Washington post: The high-protein craze may actually carry some risks.  

A research study on mercury and DNA methylation, led by CoRAL research fellow, Andres Cardenas was mentioned in a blog post of Scientific American.


A new study by Peter James on outdoor light exposure at night has received wide-spread media coverage including CNNMedical News Today, and NYDailyNews.


Congratulations to Sheryl Rifas-Shiman and Emily Oken on the wide-spread media coverage on their recent journal article: Beverage Intake During Pregnancy and Childhood Adiposity!

The paper on childhood obesity and beverage intake during pregnancy has been covered by ReutersThe Philadelphia InquirerHealthDay, and ScienceNewsBioSpace and featured in a “Quote of the day” in The Boston Globe.


With obesity still on the rise, a government task force recommends that all children and adolescents between the ages of six and 18 be screened for obesity and referred for treatment if necessary. An editorial co-authored by Emily Oken (HMS) and Jason Block (HMS/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute), published in JAMA Internal Medicine in response to these recommendations, is referenced and quoted in this Los Angeles Times article.


Marie-France Hivert presented her research on “Supporting Healthful Lifestyles during Pregnancy: A Health Coach Intervention Pilot Study” to  the interdisciplinary network the Center for Diabetes Translational Research’s group on Health Delivery Systems. CDTR works to connect investigators across disciplines to be more effective in their work.

Karen Switkowski presented her research at the American Society for Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions, Experiment Biology 2017 meeting in Chicago and won second place in their Emerging Leader Poster Competition. Dr. Switkowski’s research poster topic was based on research in Project Viva that she completed for her PhD thesis, Protein Intake in Early Childhood Is not Associated with Adiposity, Height, or IGF-I in Mid-Childhood among Well-Nourished Children in a U.S. Cohort. Congratulations, Karen!

Emily Oken gave the 24th Granville H. Sewall Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Oken spoke on Developmental Influences of Environmental and Dietary Exposures on Cardiometabolic Health.


CoRAL Director Emily Oken and Assistant Professor Jason Block are the recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards from Harvard Medical School in recognition of their distinguished records of mentoring.  The Excellence in Mentoring Awards were established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administration. Read the full story.


The Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) is now the Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL). The new name better reflects the breadth of their work and mission to lessen the burden of chronic disease by conducting epidemiologic, intervention and delivery systems research within diverse populations of children and adults. Visit the CoRAL homepage to learn more.