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Michiana Forum: Gary Fraser

The Michiana Adventist Forum presents:

"Living Longer, Living Better: Exploring the Adventist Health Studies"


Gary E. Fraser, MD, PhD

Long-time Director of the Loma Linda Adventist Health Studies


Date & Time:

Saturday Afternoon

Homecoming weekend

September 28, 2019

3:30 p.m.



Garber Auditorium

Chan Shun Hall

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI


About the Speaker:

Gary Fraser was the Director of Adventist health studies at Loma Linda University Health for 32 years, up until his retirement 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. Over the years he has maintained about a half-time cardiology practice (less now), and still works on AHS-2.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ), Fraser 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 board cerrtification in Cardiovascular Medicine. Professionally, he has received more than $30 million in research support (mainly from the US National Institutes of Health) and has, so far, 210 peer-reviewed publications and two books published by Oxford University Press.

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. He also 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.


About the Presentation:

In his presentation Dr. Fraser will address several topics:

1. How does the health of Adventists compare to that of others?

2. Is vegetarianism mainly an American/Australasian Adventist sub-cultural oddity. Is it actually important for health?

3. How does the health of vegans compare to that of lacto-ovo vegetarians?

4. Are there key foods to include or avoid?

5. What about religiosity and health among Adventists?

6. Hot new findings

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