Christopher Gardner, PhD

Christopher Gardner

Christopher Gardner, PhD, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University, the director of Stanford Prevention Research Center’s (SPRC) Nutrition Studies Group, and the director of the SPRC postdoctoral research fellow training program. His primary research focus for the past decade has been randomized, controlled nutrition intervention trials (soy, garlic, antioxidants, ginkgo, omega-3 fats, vegetarian diets, weight loss diets), testing the effects of these on chronic disease risk factors that have included blood cholesterol, weight, and inflammatory markers. Christopher’s research interests have recently shifted to two new areas. The first is to help individuals make healthful improvements in diet through motivators beyond health, piggybacking on on-going social movements around animal rights and welfare, climate change, and social justice and their relationships to food. The second is to focus less on trying to improve individual behaviors around food, and more on a food systems approach that addresses the quality of food provided by schools, hospitals, worksites, senior centers, prisons, etc., using a Community Based Participatory Research approach and taking advantage of the many complementary disciplines represented on the Stanford campus, such as business, education, law, earth sciences, and medicine. (Palo Alto, CA)