Dietary supplements, integrative medicine and health: What has research taught us?

Event Date: January 3rd, 2023

Howard Sesso, ScD, MPH - Director of Nutrition and Supplements Research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Dietary supplements, integrative medicine and health: What has research taught us?

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Title: Dietary supplements, integrative medicine, and health: What has the research taught us?

Presenter: 
Howard Sesso, ScD, MPH

Director of Nutrition and Supplements Research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) & Harvard Medical School
Associate Director of the Division of Preventative Medicine, BWH                          Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | 8:00am – 9:00am US EDT
Cost: Free. CME credit available

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Howard D. Sesso is an Associate Epidemiologist at the Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He leads the design, methodology, and conduct of randomized clinical trials and epidemiologic studies, focusing on vitamin and mineral supplements plus other lifestyle factors in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, obesity, cancer, and other aging-related outcomes. Dr. Sesso is Associate Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at BWH and is with Director of Nutrition Research and Co-Director of Hypertension Research. Dr. Sesso is also the Director of Nutrition and Supplements Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at HMS/BWH. Dr. Sesso helps lead the Physicians’ Health Study, consisting of two separate completed clinical trials that have tested aspirin along with beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, and a multivitamin supplement on cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases in 29,071 men with multiple blood collections and decades of follow-up.  Dr. Sesso is also examining vitamin D and fish oil supplements on 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure and hypertension risk in an ancillary study of the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) trial, along with other VITAL ancillary studies. Dr. Sesso is Co-Principal Investigator of the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS), a recently completed randomized, 2×2 factorial trial testing cocoa flavanol and multivitamin supplements in the prevention of CVD and cancer in 21,442 older women and men. Dr. Sesso has also led completed and ongoing short-term trials of various dietary supplements on cardiometabolic outcomes. Dr. Sesso has published more than 300 papers to date and teaches courses on clinical trials and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, and enjoys mentoring students and junior faculty.