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CoRAL Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse

February 8, 2018

Dr. Jason Block is featured in this CNN article on calorie labeling!

 

February, 2018

Emily Oken has received the 2018 Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.  This award was established to recognize and celebrate faculty who have made significant achievements in moving Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine towards being a diverse and inclusive community. A celebration will be held to honor the recipients of the Diversity Awards on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Cannon Room, Building C, at Harvard Medical School.

 

November 3, 2017

VIDEO: Timing of pregnancy weight gain may influence child’s obesity, disease risks - Healio

In this video, Emily Oken (HMS/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute) discusses the early-life predictors of obesity and chronic diseases and whether the timing of pregnancy weight gain plays a role in subsequent disease.

 

October 30, 2017

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

 

October 23, 2017

A research study on mercury and DNA methylation, led by CoRAL research fellow, Andres Cardenas, PhD, MPH, was mentioned in a blog post of Scientific American: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/why-does-autism-impact-boys-more-often-than-girls/.

 

August 22, 2017

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

 

July 8, 2017

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

A recent paper on “childhood obesity and beverage intake during pregnancy” has attracted wide-spread media interest nationwide. Coverage included Reuters, The Philadelphia Inquirer, HealthDay, and ScienceNews, BioSpace and “Quote of the day” in The Boston Globe.

 

June 20, 2017

Editorial co-authored by Drs. Jason Block and Emily Oken: Here's why experts say all kids ages 6 and up should be screened for obesity - Los Angeles Times

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.

 

June 12, 2017

Two CoRAL faculty members - Professor Emily Oken, MD, MPH and Assistant Professor Jason Block, MD, MPH  received 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.

 

April 25, 2017

Dr. 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.
 

April 23, 2017

Dr. 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!

April 20, 2017

Dr. Emily Oken gave 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.
 

March 8, 2017

CoRAL Director Emily Oken, MD, MPH and Assistant Professor Jason Block, MD, MPH 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.

February 24, 2017

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. 

September 22, 2016

American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Statement: Medical training to achieve competency in lifestyle counseling: An essential foundation for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic medical conditions

Authors: Dr. Marie-France Hivert, et. al

April 29, 2016
Dr. Emily Oken quoted in Wall Street Journal: Eating Fruit While Pregnant May Boost Your Baby's Intelligence - Infants whose mothers eat more fruit were smarter one year after birth, a preliminary study shows.

February 19, 2016
Dr. Emily Oken was interviewed by livescience.com and quoted in an article entitled: The Best Ways To Lose Weight After Pregnancy.

June 2, 2015
Video series with Dr. Emily Oken on exploring the impact of fish, mercury, and other chemical exposures on pregnant women and their babies.

June 1, 2015

Food System Challenge: FeastWorthy
Avik Chatterjee, MD
Emily Chen
Bernadette Lim
Presented by:  Harvard innovation lab (Hi)
 

2015 Spirit Award Recipient: Project Viva
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has named our Project Viva the “Community Spirit Award – Team of the Year” for their dedication to volunteerism and community service. The Project Viva team has been recognized for their communal participation in service projects at the Epiphany School, Holland Elementary School, and Community Servings, as well as for their donations to Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Public Library. Project Viva has used volunteerism as a venue through which to further their commitment to community and each other.

Project Viva is a ground breaking longitudinal research study of women and children conducted by the Obesity Prevention Program within the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. The goal of Project Viva is to find ways to improve the health of mothers and their children by looking at the effects of mother's diet as well as other factors during pregnancy and after birth.

September 17, 2014
Dr. Jason Block, a general internist at Brigham & Women's Hospital, talks about consumer behaviors and the impact of menu labeling when it comes to buying and consuming sugary beverages like sodas.
 

September 15, 2014
NECN interview with Dr. Jason Block on obesity in Massachusetts.