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Asheville Forum: Gary Fraser

The Asheville Adventist Forum presents:


Gary Fraser Ph.D., long-term director of the Adventist Health Studies, Loma Linda University.


“The Adventist Health Studies: Living Longer, Living Better?”

Some of the questions Dr. Fraser will discuss include: How does the health of Adventists compare to that of others? Is vegetarianism mainly an American/Australasian Adventist sub-cultural oddity? Is it actually important for health? How do the results for Vegans or Lact-ovo vegetarians compare? Are there Key Foods to include/avoid? What about religiosity and health among Adventists?

Short Biographical Sketch:

Gary Fraser was born in Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ) long ago. He received his medical degree from Otago University, Dunedin, NZ and a PhD in epidemiology and a postgraduate diploma in mathematical statistics from the University of Auckland, NZ. He has an FRACP (NZ medical specialist) qualification and American Boards in Cardiovascular Medicine. Professionally, he has received more than $30M in research support (mainly from NIH) and has, so far, 210 peer-reviewed publications and two books published by Oxford University Press. For 32 years he was the Director of Adventist health studies at Loma Linda, till a few months ago. He mentored, and contributed to, nearly all publications from Adventist Health Study-1 (AHS-1), then initiated and guided development of AHS-2. Has received Medal of Distinction from the GC Health Dept, and Distinguished Researcher Award from Loma Linda University. Over the years he has maintained about a half-time cardiology practice (less now).  Now still works on AHS-2, along with 25% effort in cardiology, in theory working total of 80% FTE. With his wife he spends 30-40% time in NZ (mainly working on AHS-2 while there), and increasingly enjoys reactivating skills in piano performance. Enjoys wilderness walking in both NZ and California, as well as visiting children and grandchildren scattered from Boston, to Hawaii, to NZ. He is an active member of the Loma Linda Sabbath Forums sabbath school class.

Date, Time & Location:

The meeting will be held in the waiting room of Dr. Dennis Campbell, dentist, at 172 Asheland Ave, near downtown Asheville, at 2:30 p.m. on November 23, 2019. For further information contact Connie Hayward, 828-693-1105 (h), 828-388-1575 (c),

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