BUFFALO, N.Y. – Maurizio Trevisan, founding dean of the
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health
Professions and an expert on how lifestyle and metabolic factors
help cause or prevent cardiovascular disease, is returning to UB to
give the 2013 Saxon Graham lecture on April 12.
He will discuss “The Mediterranean Diet: An Historical
Perspective and Where We Are Now” at noon in 144 Farber Hall,
UB South Campus. The talk is free and open to the public. Light
refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m.
Trevisan, currently dean of the Sophie Davis School of
Biomedical Education and interim provost of the City College of New
York, is former chair of the UB Department of Social and Preventive
Medicine. While at UB, he achieved the rank of SUNY Distinguished
Professor. Trevisan’s research focuses on the role of
lifestyle and metabolic factors in cardiovascular disease, with a
special focus on diet and alcohol use.
The lecture’s organizers note with great sadness that this
will be the first of these lectures that Graham will not attend: He
passed away last May.
“It is fitting that Dr. Trevisan will present this
lecture, as it has been 10 years since the School of Public Health
and Health Professions was established in 2003 and 100 years since
the Division of Hygiene and Sanitation was first established at UB
in 1913,” says Jo Freudenheim, chair of the Department of
Social and Preventive Medicine, which sponsors the Graham
Trevisan was recruited to UB by Graham, and served as chair of
the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine after Graham
retired. They remained close colleagues.
Graham, an accomplished epidemiologist, chaired the Department
of Social and Preventive Medicine from 1981 to 1991. He is known
for his important contributions to the understanding of the impact
of diet on cancer, many of which were based on studying dietary
habits of Western New Yorkers. The department continues
Graham’s legacy of using epidemiologic tools to investigate
the causes and prevention of diseases in human populations in
Western New York and elsewhere.