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  • Jorge A. Banda

    Jorge A. Banda

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Banda’s research aims to design, test, and disseminate creative solutions for child physical inactivity and obesity in after-school and family settings. His work emphasizes innovative data analysis methods with the current generation of triaxial accelerometers to rigorously evaluate interventions and to explore relationships between sleep, sedentary behavior, physical activity, and health among youth. A second line of research focuses on built environment and policy interventions targeting physical activity, healthful eating, and obesity.

  • Sanjay Basu

    Sanjay Basu

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests mathematical models
    operations research
    primary care
    public health
    econometrics
    global health
    social determinants of health
    health policy
    health disparities

  • Cynthia Castro

    Cynthia Castro

    Sr Research Scholar, Med/Stanford Prevention Research Center

    Current Role at Stanford Senior Research Scholar
    Project Director - the LIFE Study
    Instructor/Student Research Coordinator - Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education

  • Shanil Ebrahim

    Shanil Ebrahim

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Bio Dr. Shanil Ebrahim specializes in clinical epidemiology, meta-analytic methods, insurance medicine, disability management, and mental health issues in the workplace. His primary methodological focus is in the evaluation of re-analyses and secondary analyses of randomized trials, addressing the impact of missing participant data in meta-analyses, multilevel regression modeling, and multiple treatment comparison models. His primary focus in insurance medicine is in determining optimal management and evaluating predictors of recovery in patients receiving disability benefits, and systematically evaluating the evidence of independent medical evaluations. For his doctoral work, Dr. Ebrahim developed the first rigorous approach to address missing participant data for continuous outcomes in systematic reviews.

    Dr. Ebrahim has authored numerous publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, CMAJ, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, PLoS ONE, BMJ Open, Chest, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Journal of Public Health Policy. For his academic efforts, Dr. Ebrahim has received numerous scholarships including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship and Doctoral, and the MITACS Elevate and Accelerate awards.

  • John W. Farquhar, M.D.

    John W. Farquhar, M.D.

    Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Chronic disease prevention, epidemiology of chronic diseases, community-based education for disease prevention, global health, politics and public health.

  • Stephen P. Fortmann, MD

    Stephen P. Fortmann, MD

    C.F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Population-level (community) prevention of cardiovascular disease, epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases, tobacco use cessation research, tobacco control policy, nutrition education, blood pressure control, and lipid disorders.

  • Christopher Gardner

    Christopher Gardner

    Professor (Research) of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests The role of nutrition in individual and societal health, with particular interests in: plant-based diets, differential response to low-carb vs. low-fat weight loss diets by insulin resistance status, chronic disease prevention, randomized controlled trials, human nutrition, community based studies, Community Based Participatory Research, sustainable food movement (animal rights and welfare, global warming, human labor practices), stealth health, nutrition policy, nutrition guidelines

  • Lauren Grieco

    Lauren Grieco

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Grieco's research focuses on the design, development and clinical testing of new technologies for improving behavioral health outcomes; and design of innovative, evidence-based programs to optimize health and productivity among individuals and in the workplace.

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