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Christopher D. Gardner, PhD  
Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center; Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and Stanford Health Policy Associate (former)

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Stanford, CA 94305

Christopher D. Gardner, PhD, is the Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. His postgraduate training included a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease epidemiology at Stanford.

Dr. Gardner is actively involved in research and teaching. His research focus is on dietary intervention trials designed to test the effects of food components or food patterns on chronic disease risk factors, including body weight, blood lipids, and inflammatory markers. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including a recent publication in JAMA presenting his findings from a study contrasting the weight loss effects of four diets ranging from very low to very high carbohydrate. He speaks nationally within his areas of expertise, which include: Dietary approaches to improve blood lipids, weight loss diets, health benefits of vegetarian and plant-based diets, the optimal diet for cardiovascular health, dietary supplements, and complementary and alternative medicine.

News around the web

Food, glorious food: Stanford's first food summit
In preparing for my latest 1:2:1 podcast with health researcher Christopher Gardner, PhD, about Stanford's first-ever food summit, I wondered: When did food become summitable? Weren't summits grand, official events hosted by global ...
February 18, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Food Summit encourages researchers to collaborate across disciplines
The Food Summit offered a diversity of expertise, including (left to right) the Stanford Prevention Research Center's Christopher Gardner, ...
November 4, 2010 in Stanford University News

First Food Summit at Stanford Calls for Interdisciplinary Solutions
"With great resources comes great responsibility," said Christopher Gardner, event organizer and associate professor of medicine with the Stanford ...
November 4, 2010 in Patch

Pine-bark extract has no effect on blood pressure, Stanford study finds
Other co-authors include associate professor of medicine Christopher Gardner, PhD, and data analyst David Ahn, PhD. The study was funded by Toyo Shinyaku ...
September 27, 2010 in EurekAlert (press release)

Losing vitamins — along with weight — on a diet
Christopher Gardner, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and the lead author of the study, urged people to ...
July 19, 2010 in Scope (blog)