Winter 2015

This Is Nutrition’s Time

A message from the dean of the Friedman School

140601_14287_mozaffarian049.jpgAs the new dean of the Friedman School, I am tremendously enthusiastic about joining the Tufts family and its terrific students, staff, faculty and network of alumni and friends. Together, we provide unique opportunities for cutting-edge research, education and multidisciplinary innovation in nutrition science, agriculture, economics, sustainability and policy.

I am deeply passionate about food and how it influences our communities, our environment, our families and ourselves. The Friedman School, the most renowned graduate school of nutrition in the world, focuses on increasing the understanding and translation to policy of some of the most fascinating, important and complex issues of our time.

One of the Friedman School’s most unusual qualities is the drive of our students, faculty and alumni to not only deepen our understanding of important scientific questions, but also study and influence policies to achieve lasting change. This combination is crucial: Policy without science is dangerous, and science without policy is merely stale knowledge.

I arrive at Tufts after a decade at Harvard, where as a faculty member, cardiologist and public health advocate, I focused on elucidating the key dietary priorities for cardiometabolic diseases, the impact of suboptimal diet on chronic diseases worldwide and the most cost-effective policies to improve diet quality in the United States and around the world. My core research team and projects have come with me, and we are excited to integrate our work into the complementary portfolios for innovation that already exist at the Friedman School, the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and across Tufts.

In recent years, remarkable scientific advances have made clear that how we eat is the leading cause of poor health and how we produce our food is the leading cause of environmental injury. Creating enough healthy, sustainable and equitably distributed food has truly become a top global priority. Together with the strong support of Tufts President Anthony Monaco, our alumni and our friends, the Friedman School is poised to leverage and multiply its breadth and depth of education, scholarship, advocacy and policy impact to make a tremendous difference in the lives of Americans and hundreds of millions more around the world.

This is nutrition’s time. It is a privilege to serve the school and travel forward together on this next phase of the Friedman School’s incredible journey.

Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Dean, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

 

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