Division of Nutrition

Nutrition and Metabolism Training

Obesity • Genomics • Metabolism • Hormones
Cardiovascular Disease and Public Health • Enterocyte Function

Dr. Steven Grinspoon, Associate Professor of Medicine and Principle Investigator of the Harvard Nutrition Training Program has established a Nutrition and Metabolism Training Program across Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals. The Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition will help orchestrate applications from individuals who are interested in developing a career in nutrition investigation so that Dr. Grinspoon may consider them for possible positions in the training program.The Division of Nutrition will provide the environment and structure for a training program through the Harvard Medical School, helping to enhance this field and provide strong academic credentials to individuals who are training in this area.

The goal for the research training grant in the Harvard Division of Nutrition is to provide an in depth, comprehensive scientific experience which will enable the committed trainee to move toward a successful career as an independent investigator in the research discipline of nutrition, defined broadly as studies related to whole body and tissue specific nutrient metabolism, for example as related to whole body and tissue specific energy utilization and body composition, nutrient signaling of the brain and hypothalamus, nutritional signaling of bone, lipid metabolism, obesity and related cardiovascular complications and genomics.

Furthermore, significant advances in techniques of nutritional investigation have been made over recent years, which are highly specialized and for which inadequate training resources currently exist. These techniques include the molecular investigation of gene expression and genomics, NMR and PET imaging of nutrient trafficking, whole body stable isotope determination of nutrient metabolism and partitioning and coupled energy expenditure, novel tissue specific microdialysis techniques, epidemiologic techniques in the public health consequences of over and undernutrition, and advanced techniques of body composition. This training program will focus on translational (including clinical molecular, and translational research) in the related fields of nutrition, drawing on the substantial pool of highly successful investigators which exists at Harvard Medical School, which will foster the successful training of nutrition researchers at the University.

The Harvard Division of Nutrition has a broad mandate to teach nutrition and foster nutrition-related research across the Medical School. The rapid expansion of growth and interest in clinically-related nutrition research, particularly with respect to obesity, metabolism, public health, cardivoascular disease, bone and AIDS, suggest the importance of the formation of a Harvard-wide training program for the Division of Nutrition, to foster improved training in clinical and translational nutrition research.

The outlined program draws on a significant infrastructure, the expertise of individual faculty, and a multitude of collaborative opportunities Harvard wide. The trainors participating in the proposed grant were specifically chosen among a large pool of potential faculty for their considerable expertise in clinical, translational, epidemiologic and genetic aspects of nutrition research. The research interests of the Program Faculty cover a broad range of highly relevant areas of nutrition, in which state of the art molecular (knock out, positional cloning, gene array, genomics, gene therapy), clinical (mass spectrometry, stable isotope techniques) and imaging techniques (NMR, PET) are used. This multidisciplinary approach to nutrition training should maximize the trainees potential and promote the development of successful independent nutrition researchers.

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw established a postdoctoral Ph.D. Program in the Department of Nutrition at MIT to train physicians academically in this discipline. The efforts of the major academicians in this field over the last generation, the medical school’s Division of Nutrition, and the Nutrition and Metabolism Training Program, can collectively propitiate the HMS approach to strongly supporting academic nutrition from an investigative perspective in the next generation.

For further information regarding application contact:

Dr. Steven Grinspoon, Director,
Massachusetts General Hospital Program in Nutritional Metabolism
55 Fruit St., Boston, MA, 02114

Phone: 617-726-3890
Fax: 617-726-5072

E-mail: sgrinspoon@partners.org

Nutrition Training at the Harvard School of Public Health

In 1996, Drs. Walter Willett, Chairman of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and Allan Walker, Director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School established an NIH-supported Training Grant (T32-DK-07703-05) at the Harvard School of Public Health in Nutritional Biochemistry, Nutritional Epidemiology and Clinical Nutrition to train physicians who want a career in nutrition investigation. Physicians from multiple specialties can apply and obtain three years of training. They can also obtain a Masters and Doctoral degree. For more information on this training program follow this link, or contact:

Dr. Frank Hu
655 Huntington Avenue
Building II 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 432-0113

E-mail: frank.hu@channing.harvard.edu