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‘Total fat is a useless focus’ and other diet pointers

In July, cardiologist and epidemiologist Dariush Mozaffarian took over as dean of Tufts’s noted Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He shares his views.

At Tufts my main focus will be on the administration and leadership of the school. But I’m going to bring my research team, and my grants, and my core projects, and do my best to have a strong research presence, which is relatively unusual for a dean. 

My research spans three themes. The first is nutrition science — understanding how dietary factors affect different aspects of health, with my focus being on obesity and diabetes. The second is diet and global health — understanding what people are eating in different countries and how that’s influencing their health. Then the third theme is policy.

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