Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging

Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging


HEAL Program - Healthy Eating and Active Living

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging, Public Impact | Programs: Nutritional Epidemiology

Maintaining a healthy weight is very important to the long-term health of childhood cancer survivors. HEAL program is remotely delivered through our HEAL website, mobile access, and phone follow-up with a HEAL lifestyle coach! We look forward to your participation.

FORCE - Fatty Acids and Outcomes Research Consortium

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging, Global Nutrition | Programs: Nutritional Epidemiology

In 2009, the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium was formed to facilitate genome-wide association study meta-analyses among longitudinal cohort studies. Our new collaborative group, the Fatty acids & Outcomes Research Consortium (FORCE), has been formed within the conceptual framework of CHARGE.

Our goal is to understand the relationships between fatty acids from our diet and metabolic processes, measured using biomarkers, on chronic disease outcomes (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other conditions). We invite all longitudinal studies with fatty acid biomarker data and ascertained events to participate.

Nirupa Rachel Matthan

My research focuses on nutrition and cardiovascular disease, dietary fatty acids, cholesterol and bile acid metabolism, fatty acid and lipoprotein kinetics, sphingolipids, plant sterols, glycemic index

Jimmy Crott

My research focuses on modulation of cancer risk in offspring due to altered 1-carbon nutrient intake in parents; vitamin B6 availability, inflammation and carcinogenesis; colonic microbiome and colorectal carcinogenesis

My Plate for Older Adults

Nutrition scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging  (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University have developed the MyPlate for Older Adults which corresponds with MyPlate, the federal government’s food group symbol. 

The Drs. Joan and Peter Cohn and Family Lecture on Nutrition, Inflammation, and Chronic Disease: Part 1

Panel Discussion with
Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D.,
Nobel Laureate,
Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Director, RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jonathan Kipnis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG)
School of Medicine, University of Virginia

Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director, Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)

The Drs. Joan and Peter Cohn and Family Lecture on Nutrition, Inflammation, and Chronic Disease: Part 2

Panel Discussion with

Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D.,
Nobel Laureate,
Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Director, RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jonathan Kipnis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG)
School of Medicine, University of Virginia

Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director, Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)

Smart Food Choices for Seniors

Eating right as an older adult takes a bit more effort. Even if you stay the same weight as you age, you have less lean muscle mass and your metabolism slows down, which means you need fewer calories than you once did. At the same time, your nutrient needs stay the same or even increase. Your body may have trouble absorbing certain nutrients, such as B12 and magnesium.

That’s why making every bite count is even more important for seniors.

Sleep and Weight Gain

When it comes to studying the causes of weight gain and obesity, nutrition researchers rightly focus on the interaction between diet and exercise. They’re just starting to understand the influence of an activity that humans engage in for a third of their lives—sleep.

Oliver Chen

Dr. Oliver Chen is the Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and an Associate Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. His research efforts are directed at elucidating health benefits of phytochemicals, as well as functional foods with the whole food concept that the maximum health benefit is produced when all nutrients in a given food are acting in a synergistic/additive manner.

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