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Iris Shai

Iris Shai

Ben Gurion University, Israel


Iris Shai is a professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at BGU and a visiting Scientist at Harvard School of Public Health in the field of nutrition and chronic diseases. Her focuses are long-term, compressive dietary randomized controlled trials (RCTs), performed in standards of drugs trials, and long-term cohorts. Following her fellowship in Harvard School of Public Health, she performed the 2-year Dietary Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial (DIRECT) and 4-year follow-up, comparing the effects of low-fat, Mediterranean and low-carb diets on cardiometabolic risk and plaque regression. In her next RCT she addressed the 2-year effect of moderate alcohol in type 2 diabetes and her current whole-body MRI RCT focus on dynamic of human specific fat depots and fuel metabolism across dietary strategies

Research Interest

Nutrition, Adipose Tissue, Diet, Healthy lifestyle