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JamesB. Meigs MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School,Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts GeneralHospital and Co-Director of the MGH Clinical Research Program?s ClinicalEffectiveness Research Group. For over 25 years Dr. Meigs has been a practicing primary care general internist in the MGH Internal Medicine Associates. Dr. Meigs' research interest for over 20 years has beenthe cause and prevention of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers (Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2014), supported by multiple NIH andfoundation research grants, currently including 2R01 DK078616: Common Genetic Variation and DiabetesQuantitative Traits (PI), U01DK085526: Multiethnic Study of Type 2Diabetes Genetics (Co-PI) and K24DK080140: Epidemiology of Precursors toType 2 Diabetes (PI). He is a senior scientific leader of several largeinternational type 2 diabetes-related genetic consortia, including MAGIC (MetaAnalysis of Glucose and Insulin Consortium), AAGILE (African American Glucoseand Insulin genetic Epidemiology) and CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and AgingGenetic Epidemiology). Dr. Meigs has mentored over 50 junior clinical researchinvestigators, supported in part by the NIDDK K24 award. In 2009, he wasawarded the American Diabetes Association?s Kelly West Award for OutstandingAchievement in Diabetes Epidemiology.
A recent MGH study analysis may have answered a question that has troubled individuals considering stopping smoking: do the health effects of any weight gained after quitting outweigh the known cardiovascular benefits of smoking cessation?
An analysis of data from the Framingham Offspring Study confirms that the health benefits of quitting smoking far exceed any negative effects of weight gained after smoking cessation
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