Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian – cardiologist, epidemiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University – will receive this year's Chanchlani Global Health Research Award. He will also deliver a lecture at McMaster University on Feb. 12.
Named one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2016 by Thomson Reuters, Mozaffarian will talk about the global obesity pandemic and the ways in which diet quality influences risk pathways and conditions that produce larger health burdens than those related to obesity alone.
His presentation will focus on the critical role of optimal nutrition in tackling this global health priority, and why improving overall diet quality should be the primary target of dietary policies. The lecture is being held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the lecture hall MDCL-3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.
Mozaffarian has authored more than 300 scientific publications on the dietary priorities to reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in the US and globally; and on evidence-based systems innovations and policies to effectively reduce these burdens.
"Nutrition is a critical global and public health issue," said Andrea Baumann, associate vice-president, global health and director of McMaster's MSc Global Health program. "We are excited to hear from Dr. Mozaffarian and learn about his important work, which has helped to shape nutrition policy internationally."
The Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, hosted in partnership with the Global Health Office, was created by the Chanchlani family and McMaster University in 2012.