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Posted: Monday, 24 May 2010 17:22

Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

Boston University Medical School in the US has joined hands  with ‘Alcohol in Moderation’ in the UK to establish  the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research,  with a group of scientists and medics who carry out research related to the health effects of alcohol, and includes specialists  in related health areas like epidemiology, cardiology, oncology, nutrition, alcohol abuse, public health, and neurology etc.  

ISFAR will provide timely and unbiased assessments of emerging research related to the consumption of alcohol, putting new findings into perspective considering previous research. 

There are too many reports in the recent times which seem to be motivate and finance by one side of the other. ISFAR will attempt to dispel erroneous and conflicting messages related to alcohol, messages that often confuse the public as well as other scientists and government officials.  The group is volunteering the services, and their critiques are being offered without charge to provide the public with a message regarding wine and other alcohol,l and health that is scientifically sound and balanced. 

The forum will regularly distribute press releases with brief summaries about important emerging research related to alcohol and health.  These press releases will direct those interested in reading the full critique of the publication to the Forum web sites. These may be accessed at or

ISFAR will also encourage Health Editors and wine journalists regarding emerging research on alcohol and health and will offer an independent opinion in context with other research on the subject.   

The Founder Members of the initiative are illustrious personalities who are experts in their respected fields and come from different parts of the globe

Alberto Bertelli, MD, PhD, Institute of Human Anatomy, University of Milan, 
Dr Dee M. Blackhurst. Lipidology Division of Internal Medicine University of Capetown  
 Roger Corder, PhD, MRPharmS, William Harvey Research Inst, Queen Mary University of London
Maria Isabel Covas, DPharm, PhD, Institut Municipal d´Investigació Mèdica, Barcelona,
 Alan Crozier, PhD, Plant Biochemistry and Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow,  
Giovanni de Gaetano, MD, PhD, "RE ARTU" Research Lab, Catholic University Campobasso 
Luc Djoussé, MD, DSc, Dept. of Aging/Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston
 Alun Evans, MD, Dept. of Medicine, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast 
Harvey Finkel, MD, Hematology/oncology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
 edd Goldfinger, DO, FACC, Tucson Heart Center, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Arizona
 Lynn Gretkowski, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Mountainview, CA, Stanford University,
 Dwight Heath, PhD, Dept. of Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI,
 Oliver James, MD, Head of Medicine, University of Newcastle
 Ulrich Keil, MD, Institute of Epidemiology, University of Muenster, Germany;
 Prof Maritha Kotze , genetics and genome research, University of Stellenbosch, S.Africa
 Arthur Klatsky, MD, Dept. of Cardiology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Oakland
Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory,MD, PhD, Nutrition/Cardiology, Praticien Hospitalier Hôpital Emile Roux, Paris
Francesco Orlandi, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Università degli Studi di Ancona
 Lynda Powell, MEd, PhD, Chair, Dept of Preventive Medicine, Rush Medical School, Chicago 
Ian Puddey, MD, Dean, Faculty of Medicine University of Western Australia
 Eric Skovenborg, MD, Scandinavian Medical Alcohol Board, Practitioner, Aarhus,
 Jan Snel, PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam,
 Pierre-Louis Teissedre, PhD,  Facult d'Oenologie, Universit Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, 
Gordon Troup, MSc, DSc, School of Physics, Monash University, Victoria
 Fulvio Ursini, PhD, Dept. of Chimica Biologica, Universit a di Padova, Padova
 David Van Velden, MD, Dept. of Primary Medicine/Family Care, Stellenbosch University
 David Vauzour, PhD, Dept. of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading
Yuqing Zhang, MD, DSc, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston 

ISFAR is a voluntary group of specialists, founded jointly by Professor R Curtis Ellison, Epidemiologist and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine and Helena Conibear, Director of Alcohol in Moderation (AIM). Professor Ellison has been involved in several pioneering studies in health and wine. He was with Prof Serge Renaud  on the 60 Minutes TV program in 1990 when the term ‘French Paradox’ was coined and it was inferred that red wine in moderation is good for heart.

AIM works internationally to disseminate accurate social, scientific and medical research concerning responsible and moderate drinking. contributed by a  Council of 20 Professors and Specialists through The Council members provide their expertise free of any charges or gains. AIM maintains a  database of key research papers, summaries and peer reviewed articles on alcohol, health and associated social and policy issues and can be accessed free of cost.

For further detaisl contact Helena Conibear on:  and Prof Ellison at


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