Welcome to the Oldways Science & Media Clearinghouse

Linking Journalists with Scientific Experts on Food and Nutrition

Finding Common Ground — reaching consensus — on what constitutes healthy eating is just the first step in an ongoing partnership between top nutrition scientists and leading journalists who care about grounding their work in solid science.
Oldways’ new Science and Media Clearinghouse helps members of the media find just the right expert to interview, promoting the sharing of science-backed nutrition research, educating the public on what we actually know about healthy eating, and working towards improving public health.
Are you a journalist looking for a top scientist to interview on any of the following topics? Contact Ashley Owen, Oldways PR and Media Manager (ashley@oldwayspt.org, 617-896-4888) and we’ll give you contact information for just the right expert. Thanks to our longtime relationships with many top specialists, they’ve volunteered to share their contact info with us — and with you — to help make nutrition reporting more accurate.

Scientists currently participating

Joel Abecassis, PhD. INRA (France) National Institute for Agricultural Research
Steven Abrams, MD. Dell Medical School, University of TX Austin
Neal Barnard, MD, FACC. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN. MealMakeoverMoms.com
Nuno Borges, PhD. University of Porto
Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN. CBR Nutrition Enterprises
T. Colin Campbell, PhD. Center for Nutrition Studies / Cornell University
Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND. Washington University in St. Louis
S. Boyd Eaton, MD.  Emory University (emeritus)
R. Curtis Ellison, MD. Boston University School of Medicine
Alessio Fasano, MD. Celiac Center for Research & Treatment
Gary Fulcher, BA, MSc, PhD. University of Minnesota (Ret’d)
Christopher Gardner, PhD. Stanford University
David Jenkins, MD, PhD, DSc. University of Toronto
David Katz, MD, MPH. Yale Prevention Research Center
Cyril Kendall, PhD. University of Toronto
Ellie Krieger, MS, RDN. TV host, columnist and cookbook author
Simin Liu, MD, ScD. Brown University
David Ludwig, MD, PhD. Boston Children’s Hospital
Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, MPH. University of Navarra
Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, LDN. Vegetarian Resource Group
Kathy McManus, MS, RD. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Virginia Messina, MPH, RD. Nutrition Matters, Inc
Malden Nesheim, PhD. Cornell University (emeritus)
Dean Ornish, MD. Preventive Medicine Research Institute / UCSF
Sharon Palmer, RDN. Food and nutrition writer
Heather Paxson, PhD. MIT
Luca Piretta, MD. Università Campus Biomedico
Gabriele Riccardi, MD, FAHA. Federico II University
Eric Rimm, ScD. Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH. Loma Linda Univ. School of Public Health
John L Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC. University of Toronto / St. Michael’s Hospital
Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD. Hellenic Health Foundation
Katherine Tucker, PhD. University of Massachusetts Lowell
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH. Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Areas of Expertise Offered by our Scientists

Diets / Eating Patterns
• Mediterranean diet / The PREDIMED trial / The Traditional Mediterranean Diet
• Vegetarian diet / Plant-based diets
• Paleolithic diet / Reclaiming Eden / Evolutionary Health promotion
• Human nutrition in general / Metabolism / Physiology
• Infant and child nutrition / Healthy eating for kids and families
• Weight loss diet studies
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• Control of hunger
Overall Health
• Preventive medicine
• Behavior and Lifestyle Modification
• Lifestyle medicine
• Stress management
• Importance of love & support 
• Lifestyle changes can lengthen telomeres, reverse aging
Specific Health Conditions and their Relationship to Diet
• Cancer / Breast cancer and olive oil
• Heart disease
• Hypertension
• Obesity / Childhood obesity / Weight Management
• Disordered Eating
• Metabolic Syndrome
• Diabetes / Diabetes and body composition / Diabetes and glycemic index / Insulin Resistance
• Celiac disease / Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity / Gluten-related disorders
• Lactose Intolerance
• Autoimmune disorders and inflammation
• Role of gluten in neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia
• Gastroenterology (gastroesophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome)
• Intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
• Diseases of Aging (dementia, osteoporosis, stroke, etc.)
Myths, Confusion and Hot Topics
• Public confusion about nutrition
• The mythology of protein
• Gluten-free diet — separating fact from fiction
• Organic vs conventional
• GMOs
• Sports Nutrition
• Antibiotic use in livestock
• Cereal composition, chemistry & processing & impacts on health, nutrition and safety
Foods, Food Components, and Ingredients
• Traditional foods / artisanal practices of food making
• Artificial sweeteners
• Protein
• Gluten
• Carbohydrates / Whole Grains / Pasta
• Glycemic Index / Glycemic Load
• Nuts and healthy fats
• Alcohol and wine
• Fish
• Fruit
• Vegetables and Pulses
• Polyphenols
Issues in Nutrition Research
• Epidemiological studies of food and nutrition
• Observational (cohorts) vs. experimental studies (trials)
• Conflicts of interest / The food industry and biased research
• Research methods
• Clinical Practice Guidelines
• The PREDIMED trial
Public Health / Public Policies
• Policies, politics related to public health
• School lunch programs
• Food Stamps (SNAP)
• African American Nutrition and Health Disparities
• Cultural Competence / Food cultures
• Healthy cooking / Healthy Recipes / Culinary aspects of nutrition / Everyday eating
• Regulatory politics of raw-milk cheese
• Food systems / Food systems and environment
• Agronomy
Come back often. We’ll constantly be adding new topics and new experts to our database.