A University of Minnesota nutritional epidemiologist is among those taking issue with a New York Times op-ed claiming diets that are high in protein and fat are to blame for the rise in overweight Americans over the past several decades. Dean Ornish, the author of the essay, advocates for a very low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet. However, some experts don't think the science supports his argument. In a Scientific American article, Lyn Steffen, a nutritional epidemiologist at the School of Public Health is quoted as saying, “I believe the low-fat message promoted the obesity epidemic.” Read the entire article here.
Biobanks containing participants' clinical data and genetic information have become important tools in genomic research to understand common, complex diseases, but they raise a number of ethical issues. In order to ensure that the public benefits from genomic research, it is necessary to understand the practices of researchers who are making use of biobank data. This systematic study of genetic researchers' views and practices with respect to biobank research informed polices to maximize the public health benefits of genomic research.