JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH is a Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School. She is also Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Manson is an endocrinologist, epidemiologist, and Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI of several research studies, including the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (www.vitalstudy.org); the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Center in Boston; the cardiovascular component of the Nurses’ Health Study; and Co-PI (with Dr. Howard Sesso) of the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS). Her primary research interests include clinical prevention trials evaluating nutritional and lifestyle interventions for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, endogenous and exogenous estrogens as determinants of chronic disease outcomes, and biomarker predictors of disease. Dr. Manson has received numerous honors and has >800 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Howard D. Sesso, ScD, MPH, FAHA
Dr. Howard D. Sesso is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Nutrition Research at the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Sesso specializes in the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, with an emphasis on dietary factors including vitamin and mineral supplements. He was Project Director of the Physicians’ Health Study (PHS) II (http://phs.bwh.harvard.edu/), a previously completed trial that tested a multivitamin and other vitamin supplements in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and is the Co-Principal Investigator of the COSMOS trial.