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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.