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Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc
Senior Scientist and Director, Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab at the HNRCA
Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University



“It is important to have a simple informative image that at a quick glance delivers easy actionable ways for older adults to improve their diet and lifestyle. This new image provides general suggestions for making small shifts in food choices that will result in sustained healthier eating patterns.”

Dr. Lichtenstein is Senior Scientist and Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the HNRCA and the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, both Tufts University institutions. She holds secondary appointments in Medicine and the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine, and an honorary doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kuopio, Finland. At the HNRCA, Dr. Lichtenstein’s research group focuses on assessing the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors.


Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Vice Provost for research, Tufts University, Senior Scientist and Lab Director, Nutrition and Immunology Lab at the HNRCA
Professor, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Professor, Immunology, Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

“People who want to take greater control over their health and the aging process will find MyPlate for Older Adults is an excellent tool to use when making nutrition decisions.”

Dr. Meydani serves as the Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University and Senior Scientist and Lab Director at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. She is professor of nutrition and immunology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts Sackler Graduate Program in Immunology. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the impact of nutrition on the aging process and age-associated diseases, the role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries, on which she has published extensively.

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