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Eric L. Ding

Research Scientist, Nutrition, Harvard School Of Public Health

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Eric Ding
Harvard School of Public Health
655 Huntington Ave

Boston, MA, 02115
Phone: 717-360-2725


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DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Cancer Risk and Disparities

Research Abstract

ERIC DING, a nutritionist and epidemiologist, is an Instructor of Medicine faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Founder and Chairman of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention. His research primarily focuses on obesity and nutritional risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as translation of research for population-wide prevention. His specific research expertise include: fatty acids, sex steroid hormones, and vitamin D. His broader reacher also encompasses social network effects on health, and population nutrition and global health disease burdens. He is also a methodological expert on meta-analysis and systematic reviews and Mendelian randomization.

After completing his undergraduate degree at The Johns Hopkins University with Honors in Public Health and election to Phi Beta Kappa, he earned his dual doctorate in epidemiology and doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University. At Harvard, Eric has taught and lectured in more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate courses in epidemiology, clinical research and nutrition, for which he received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award from Harvard College.

In addition to teaching, he has published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and researches global disease burden and nutritional risk factors for chronic diseases at Harvard. His more than 3 dozen publications have received over 650 external citations, garnering an H-INDEX scientific impact factor of 11.

He is an elected Fellow of the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, partly for his key role in leading a two-year-long investigation into the controversial drug safety of VIOXX that drew national attention. Highlighted and priority published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), as chief author, Eric was recognized and named in the New York Times and USA Today. In 2004, for his tobacco control initiatives, he received the Health Commissioner's Commendation Award from the Baltimore City Health Department.

A lifelong cancer prevention advocate, he founded the Campaign for Cancer Prevention, and was featured in Newsweek. As director of the Campaign, currently with over 5.7 million members, he was profiled in the books CauseWired (Wiley & Sons, Inc 2008) and Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business (Portfolio, Penguin Group USA 2010). To date, his efforts have raised more than $200,000 in unrestricted public donations for direct-to-science cancer research.


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