Iris Shai, RD, PhD

Iris Shai

Iris Shai, RD, PhD, chair of the Cathedra of Epidemiology named by Dr. Herman Kessel, is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Ben-Gurion University in the field of nutrition and chronic diseases; a visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and a member in the Government Health Ministry Committee for healthy nutrition regulations in Israel. Today, her focuses are long-term, large scale, comprehensive dietary randomized controlled trials (RCTs), performed in standard drug trials and long-term cohorts. Following her Fulbright fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she focused on traditional and non-traditional biomarkers for CVD, she led, along with her international research team, the two year Dietary Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial (DIRECT) and four year follow-up, comparing the effects of dietary strategies on cardiometabolic risk and plaque regression. In her next trial (CASCADE) she addressed the two year effect of moderate alcohol in Type 2 diabetes and her recent whole-body MRI trial (CENTRAL) focused on dynamic of human specific fat depots and fuel metabolism across dietary strategies. Currently, she runs the DIRECT PLUS trial, which explores the effect of green Med diet, specifically fortified with enriched polyphenols aquatic plant, on the gut-fat-brain axis. (Beersheba, Israel)