CoRAL Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse

The mission of the Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL) is to lessen the burden of chronic-diseases and obesity-related disorders by conducting epidemiologic, intervention and health services research studies within defined populations. CoRAL is part of the Department of Population Medicine (DPM), a unique research and teaching collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.


CoRAL is a multidisciplinary program that fosters collaboration among research investigators, both nationally and internationally, and across the Harvard campus. It serves as a springboard for training the next generation of researchers in chronic disease and obesity prevention.



CoRAL's three primary areas of research expertise are:

  1. Epidemiologic studies of the development of obesity and its sequelae, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This area invokes the life course approach to chronic disease, and especially targets etiologic factors working at the earliest stages of human development.
  2. Interventions to prevent obesity and its consequences. This area's focus is on innovative behavior change interventions in primary care settings, with an additional interest in community settings.
  3. Health services research on the effects of prevalence and consequences of obesity in relation to:
  • Health plan policies and programs
  • Clinical therapeutic interventions such as surgery or pharmaceutical agents
  • Decision support or new technology for clinicians
  • Cost-effectiveness of clinical and policy interventions


Contact: Chelsea Jenter
Phone: 617-867-4984
Email: Chelsea_Jenter@harvardpilgrim.org


Links to related sites:



Visit our new WeighingIn Blog at www.weighinginblog.org.

Read what faculty members, research investigators and staff members share

about their research on obesity, nutrition and wellness