Christopher Gardner is a nutrition scientist and the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine. For 28 years at Stanford he has studied what to consume and to avoid for optimal health, and how best to motivate individuals to achieve healthy dietary behaviors. Some of the dozens of human nutrition intervention trials he has conducted include studies of garlic, omega-3 fats, soy phytoestrogens and antioxidants. Among his most cited studies are the A TO Z (2007) and the DIETFITS (2018) weight loss diet trials. He has served on various committees of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. His ongoing trials involve examining the impact of dietary changes (e.g., alternative meat, ketogenic diet) on the gut microbiome and inflammation/immune function. Current research interests include collaborating with chefs and dining operators as research partners in an effort to identify strategies to optimize the intersection of taste, health, environmental sustainability and social justice in institutional food settings (e.g., universities, hospitals, worksites). Professor Gardner teaches several food and nutrition classes at Stanford, including an on-line Nutrition Science course recently launched through the Stanford Center for Health Education.
Off campus he is kept on his toes by four boys, ages 13 to 29, and a marathon-running, political scientist wife who is well known for knitting during meetings. Christopher usually bikes, rarely drives, is an avid volleyball player, and at home he is the head cook. He has almost never been seen wearing a tie.
Christopher is on Twitter @GardnerPhD.
“Maximizing the intersection of human health and the health of the environment with regard to the amount and type of protein produced and consumed in the United States”
“A randomized crossover trial on the effect of plant-based compared with animal-based meat on trimethylamine-N-oxide and cardiovascular disease risk factors in generally healthy adults: Study With Appetizing Plantfood—Meat Eating Alternative Trial (SWAP-MEAT)”
Vegan Before 6 (Mark Bittman)
EAT-Lancet Commission report (summary)
Christopher’s book recommendations:
Animal, Vegetable, Junk (Mark Bittman)
Devoured (Sophie Egan)
The Good Gut (Justin and Erica Sonnenburg)