Irwin Rosenberg


Irwin H. Rosenberg, M.D. is a University Professor at Tufts University and a senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.  Dr. Rosenberg served as Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University from 1995-2004.  He served for 15 years as the Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, which studies the interaction of aging and nutritional/dietary factors as well as the way in which diet, nutrition, and physical activity can modulate or prevent degenerative diseases of aging.  The recent focus of his research has been on vitamin metabolism in brain, especially folate and cerebrovascular disease, as well as stroke and cognitive decline. 

“I have been engaged with the IGL for most of the time that I have been at Tufts, where I arrived in 1986 to become the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Around the same time, my daughter enrolled as an undergraduate at Tufts and the following year, joined the IGL course and the EPIIC symposium group. As a Dean in the School of Nutrition and Director of the Human Nutrition Research Center, I was particularly attracted to the approaches developing in the IGL developing toward experiential learning which was an approach which I strongly favored in thee School of Nutrition as a graduate school. Only recently I joined the board of the IGL, but in all the interim time, I have been informally associated with the IGL and Sherman Teichman and have often been an informal advisor on matters relating to nutrition and health. In the current year, I have been more directly involved as both a teacher and advisor in the year-long theme of global health and security. Sherman Teichman and I, and the IGL share a very strong bond with Jean Mayer, who was the president of Tufts who brought me to Tufts University, and I hold the Jean Mayer Chair in Nutrition and Medicine currently.”