Paul F. Jacques, ScD, is the Director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Program and Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and Professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Since receiving his doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health over 20 years ago, Dr. Jacques has applied his knowledge of epidemiology to the study of nutrition and aging. His research has examined the role of nutrition in age-related disorders such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, cataract, osteoarthritis and dementia. Dr. Jacques is the author of more than 200 original research articles and dozens of editorials, book chapters and reviews on nutrition and aging. He has extensive experience working with large cohorts and surveys including the Framingham Heart Study, the Family Heart Study, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the Nutritional Status Survey of Boston-area Elderly. Dr. Jacques has also been involved in a number of randomized, placebo-controlled intervention studies examining metabolic and health consequences of altered nutritional status.

Dr. Jacques’ current research includes the examination of the role of diet on metabolic markers of diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk, with an emphasis on whole grains and flavonoids; the influence of nutrition on the prevention of age-related eye diseases; the impact of FDA-mandated folic acid fortification of enriched cereal-grain products on folate status and health of Americans, with an emphasis on the effect of high folate intake in the presence of low vitamin B12 status; and the relation between dietary patterns, diet quality and risk of chronic disease.

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