R. Curtis Ellison MD, Co-Director

Dr. Ellison is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He served as Chief of the Evans Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at that university from 1989 to 2008. With training in internal medicine, cardiology, and epidemiology, he is a senior researcher at The Framingham Study, a longitudinal study of risk factors for heart disease and other chronic diseases that began in 1948. He was also principal investigator of a major study evaluating the relation of lifetime non-use, moderate use, or abuse of alcohol to the diseases of ageing and mortality.

Dr. Ellison is best known to the general public for his research on what is known as ‘The French Paradox’. This refers to the fact that the French have a high-fat diet and other risk factors, yet have very low rates of coronary heart disease. A part of this protection is believed to relate to the regular consumption of wine by the French.