Research Activities & Impact

The Friedman School is doing important work locally and globally in all areas of nutrition science and policy. We hope to illustrate the depth and breadth of our research and impact by detailing some of our projects and initiatives, both active and past. Browse activities using our major theme areas, or navigate using the map.

FORCE - Fatty Acids and Outcomes Research Consortium

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.

Project Status: 
Active

Global Dietary Database

Currently, for most countries, the only available dietary data are food balance sheets from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which provide rough national estimates of food availability or disappearance. Previous work has shown that, even nationally, such data have shortcomings, for example, total daily energy intakes are often overestimated by about 1000 kilocalories per day; and intake levels of most foods are overestimated by 50-200%.  Furthermore FAO data provide no information on diet subnationally, for example, by age, sex, pregnancy/nursing status, or socioeconomic status. Thus, the true levels of consumption of  most food and nutrients across the world, and particularly among specific population subgroups, are unknown.

Project Status: 
Active

Global Nutrition and Policy Consortium

The Global Nutrition and Policy Consortium is an initiative based at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy that involves collaborating public health and nutrition experts worldwide. Our research will provide innovative and highly relevant findings on dietary intakes, diseases, and policies that will inform priorities for prevention strategies to improve the diets and health outcomes of people around the world.

Project Status: 
Active

INDDEX - International Dietary Data Expansion Project

The INDDEX Project is a collaborative effort between the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and other international experts. The INDDEX team aims to facilitate countries’ increased acquisition and use of high-quality, timely food and nutrient consumption data, which is needed to create more effective evidence-based decisions about agriculture, food, and nutrition policies and programs.

Project Status: 
Active

John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention

In 1999, Dr. Miriam Nelson founded the Center for Physical Fitness within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, under the guidance and support of Dean Irwin Rosenberg. The Center, while initially small, had big goals – to improve the physical activity patterns and fitness of Americans.

Project Status: 
Past

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