Robert Curtis Ellison, MD, MS
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology

MD, Medical University of South Carolina
MS, Harvard University

R. Curtis Ellison, M.D., has been Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine since 1989, and is the former Chief of the Evans Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. He holds degrees from Davidson College, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Harvard School of Public Health. With training in internal medicine, cardiology, and epidemiology, Dr. Ellison serves as a senior investigator in The Framingham Study, and is the principal investigator of a number of research studies on the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in determining familial risk of hypertension and heart disease.

In July, 1994, Dr. Ellison established and became the Director of the Institute on Lifestyle and Health at Boston University School of Medicine. The Institute focuses research on various aspects of lifestyle, especially diet, exercise, and the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, habits that relate to the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases.

Dr. Ellison is best known to the lay 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. Dr. Ellison and Dr. Serge Renaud of Lyon, France, were the key scientists who were a part of the program on the "French Paradox" that appeared on the American television program, 60 Minutes, in November, 1991. In the early 1990's Dr. Ellison worked with the Oldways Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, and the European office of the World Health Organization in the development of the "Mediterranean Diet Pyramid", a set of dietary guidelines for Americans.

Boston University School of Public Health

Framingham Heart Study

Boston Medical Center

Net Lifetime Health Effects of Alcohol Use and Abuse
05/16/2003 - 04/30/2009 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
5 R01 AA13304 05

GENCAC - Framingham Field Center
09/17/2001 - 08/31/2007 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5 U01 HL67896 04

Genetic Factors and Cardiovascular Disease
05/01/2002 - 04/30/2007 (Dept Sponsor)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
1 K01 HL70444 01

The Family Blood Pressure Program (HyperGEN Network)
09/30/2005 - 08/31/2006 (Co-PI)
University of Utah NIH NHLBI

FHS: Molecular Genetics & Genetic Epidemiology
09/04/2001 - 08/31/2005 (PI)
Washington University NIH NHLBI

HyperGen- Boston University / Framingham Field Center
09/05/1995 - 06/30/2005 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5 U01 HL54497 10

Food and Exercise Habits in Framingham Study Descendants
05/30/1996 - 04/30/2001 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5 R01 HL35653 16

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2007 Net Lifetime Health Effects of Alcohol Use &Abuse 5R01AA013304-05 7
2006 Net Lifetime Health Effects of Alcohol Use &Abuse 5R01AA013304-04 7
2005 Net Lifetime Health Effects of Alcohol Use &Abuse 5R01AA013304-03 7
2004 Net Lifetime Health Effects of Alcohol Use &Abuse 5R01AA013304-02 7
2004 GENCAC - Framingham Field Center 5U01HL067896-04 24
2003 Net Lifetime Health Effects of Alcohol Use &Abuse 1R01AA013304-01A1 7
2003 GENCAC - Framingham Field Center 5U01HL067896-03 24
2002 GENCAC - Framingham Field Center 5U01HL067896-02 24
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  1. Mustafa J, Ellison RC, Singer MR, Bradlee ML, Kalesan B, Holick MF, Moore LL. Dietary Protein and Preservation of Physical Functioning Among Middle-aged and Older Adults in the Framingham Offspring Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Mar 24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29590270.
  2. Patel YR, Gadiraju TV, Ellison RC, Hunt SC, Carr JJ, Heiss G, Arnett DK, Pankow JS, Gaziano JM, Djoussé L. Coffee consumption and calcified atherosclerotic plaques in the coronary arteries: The NHLBI Family Heart Study. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2017 Feb; 17:18-21. PMID: 28361742; DOI: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2016.12.003;.
  3. Barrett-Connor E, de Gaetano G, Djoussé L, Ellison RC, Estruch R, Finkel H, Goldfinger T, Keil U, Lanzmann-Petithory D, Mattivi F, Skovenborg E, Stockley C, Svilaas A, Teissedre PL, Thelle DS, Ursini F, Waterhouse AL. Comments on Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Mortality. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2016 Sep; 77(5):834-6. PMID: 27588543.
  4. Imran TF, Patel Y, Ellison RC, Carr JJ, Arnett DK, Pankow JS, Heiss G, Hunt SC, Gaziano JM, Djoussé L. Walking and Calcified Atherosclerotic Plaque in the Coronary Arteries: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Family Heart Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016 Jun; 36(6):1272-7. PMID: 27102966; PMCID: PMC4882221; DOI: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.116.307284;.
  5. Berdoz D, Ellison RC. [Association between alcohol consumption and risk of different types of breast cancer]. Rev Med Suisse. 2015 Sep 9; 11(485):1677. PMID: 26541003.
  6. Jaton L, Ellison RC. [Episodic excessive alcohol consumption significantly increases the risk of mortality]. Rev Med Suisse. 2015 May 27; 11(476):1213. PMID: 26182645.
  7. Lai LY, Petrone AB, Pankow JS, Arnett DK, North KE, Ellison RC, Hunt SC, Rosenzweig JL, Djoussé L. Lack of association of apolipoprotein E (Apo E) polymorphism with the prevalence of metabolic syndrome: the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Family Heart Study. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2015 Sep; 31(6):582-7. PMID: 25656378; PMCID: PMC4720970; DOI: 10.1002/dmrr.2638;.
  8. Robbins JM, Petrone AB, Carr JJ, Pankow JS, Hunt SC, Heiss G, Arnett DK, Ellison RC, Gaziano JM, Djoussé L. Association of ideal cardiovascular health and calcified atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Family Heart Study. Am Heart J. 2015 Mar; 169(3):371-378.e1. PMID: 25728727; PMCID: PMC4346707; DOI: 10.1016/j.ahj.2014.12.017;.
  9. Ellison RC. Inaccuracies in editorial by Babor & Miller. Addiction. 2014 Aug; 109(8):1381-2. PMID: 25041206; DOI: 10.1111/add.12546;.
  10. Holmes MV, Dale CE, Zuccolo L, Silverwood RJ, Guo Y, Ye Z, Prieto-Merino D, Dehghan A, Trompet S, Wong A, Cavadino A, Drogan D, Padmanabhan S, Li S, Yesupriya A, Leusink M, Sundstrom J, Hubacek JA, Pikhart H, Swerdlow DI, Panayiotou AG, Borinskaya SA, Finan C, Shah S, Kuchenbaecker KB, Shah T, Engmann J, Folkersen L, Eriksson P, Ricceri F, Melander O, Sacerdote C, Gamble DM, Rayaprolu S, Ross OA, McLachlan S, Vikhireva O, Sluijs I, Scott RA, Adamkova V, Flicker L, Bockxmeer FM, Power C, Marques-Vidal P, Meade T, Marmot MG, Ferro JM, Paulos-Pinheiro S, Humphries SE, Talmud PJ, Mateo Leach I, Verweij N, Linneberg A, Skaaby T, Doevendans PA, Cramer MJ, van der Harst P, Klungel OH, Dowling NF, Dominiczak AF, Kumari M, Nicolaides AN, Weikert C, Boeing H, Ebrahim S, Gaunt TR, Price JF, Lannfelt L, Peasey A, Kubinova R, Pajak A, Malyutina S, Voevoda MI, Tamosiunas A, Maitland-van der Zee AH, Norman PE, Hankey GJ, Bergmann MM, Hofman A, Franco OH, Cooper J, Palmen J, Spiering W, de Jong PA, Kuh D, Hardy R, Uitterlinden AG, Ikram MA, Ford I, Hyppönen E, Almeida OP, Wareham NJ, Khaw KT, Hamsten A, Husemoen LL, Tjønneland A, Tolstrup JS, Rimm E, Beulens JW, Verschuren WM, Onland-Moret NC, Hofker MH, Wannamethee SG, Whincup PH, Morris R, Vicente AM, Watkins H, Farrall M, Jukema JW, Meschia J, Cupples LA, Sharp SJ, Fornage M, Kooperberg C, LaCroix AZ, Dai JY, Lanktree MB, Siscovick DS, Jorgenson E, Spring B, Coresh J, Li YR, Buxbaum SG, Schreiner PJ, Ellison RC, Tsai MY, Patel SR, Redline S, Johnson AD, Hoogeveen RC, Hakonarson H, Rotter JI, Boerwinkle E, de Bakker PI, Kivimaki M, Asselbergs FW, Sattar N, Lawlor DA, Whittaker J, Davey Smith G, Mukamal K, Psaty BM, Wilson JG, Lange LA, Hamidovic A, Hingorani AD, Nordestgaard BG, Bobak M, Leon DA, Langenberg C, Palmer TM, Reiner AP, Keating BJ, Dudbridge F, Casas JP. Association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis based on individual participant data. BMJ. 2014; 349:g4164.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25011450; PMCID: PMC4091648; DOI: 10.1136/bmj.g4164;.
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