The Documenting Hope Team Is Delighted to Introduce You to Our New Scientific Director and Principal Investigator!

What started over 10 years ago as a mission-driven passion project for a small group of children’s health advocates has expanded into a full-blown research platform that continues to break new ground.

As the project evolves, so does the team. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Chris D’Adamo to the Documenting Hope Team as Scientific Director and Principal Investigator to take the reins from Dr. Martha Herbert as she moves into the next stage of her life and career.

Dr. Herbert recently moved to rural Tennessee and wishes to fully focus on her work as Executive Director of the Higher Synthesis Foundation, which aims to build a grass-roots practice-based regenerative science network by articulating common themes across agricultural, health/healing and environmental domains, generating public discourse, and providing research resources such as a “From Science Worthy to Science Ready” mentorship program for investigators and organizations. She has therefore transitioned out of her position as Scientific Director and Principal Investigator and moved into an Emeritus role, although she will remain available to DHP as Senior Advisor/Consultant.

While Dr. Herbert’s contributions to Documenting Hope over the years are incalculable and her legacy as Scientific Director and Principal Investigator will continue to impact our work and the lives of children and families for years to come, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Chris D’Adamo. He is an epidemiologist with expertise in the relationship between modifiable lifestyle factors and human health across the lifespan. Dr. D’Adamo received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is an Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health.

Dr. D’Adamo also serves as the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the first academic-based integrative medicine center in the United States with an over 30-year history that has collectively published over 1,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers and received over $50 million of competitive research funding while offering an expansive medical professional education program and providing integrative clinical care.

Dr. D’Adamo has served as Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials and observational studies. These studies have included school- and community-based nutrition, physical activity, and stress management interventions among underserved children and adolescents, clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of dietary supplements, exercise interventions for chronic disease, health coaching to support lifestyle modifications, observational studies evaluating the relationship between micronutrients, environmental toxicants, and human health, cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning field of nutritional genetics, and literature reviews of a wide variety lifestyle-related interventions.

Dr. D’Adamo has authored over 60 publications in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals including Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Research, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nutrients, Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, Journal of Nutrition, Aging, and Health, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Food Quality and Preference, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Surgery, Journal of Surgical Research, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and BMJ Open among others.

Dr. D’Adamo has contributed medical textbook chapters to the 6th and 7th editions of Rheumatology, the 5th and 6th editions of Practical Management of Pain, and gives invited lectures across the globe on nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and other topics in integrative, functional, and lifestyle medicine.

Alongside these academic achievements, Dr. D’Adamo is also a Fellow at the Nova Institute for Health, a Senior Research Advisor to the Institute for Functional Medicine, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of several industry leaders in nutrition and dietary supplements. He has also provided expert testimony in medical cases and is frequently sought for media commentary by major outlets, including USA Today, Men’s Health, WebMD, Natural Health, SHAPE Magazine, Dr. Oz, Food Network, Good Housekeeping, PBS News Hour, AARP, The Arthritis Foundation, New York Magazine, MarketWatch, US News and World Report.

We are continually grateful for Documenting Hope’s many wonderful collaborators and heartily welcome Dr. D’Adamo to our Team!

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