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William G. Christen, ScD, OD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

I am an epidemiologist with more than 30 years of experience studying the epidemiology of chronic disease, with a particular emphasis on eye disease. I serve or have served as Principal Investigator of investigator-initiated grants from the National Eye Institute to examine cataract, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), dry eye, and glaucoma in our on-going or completed randomized trials and large cohort studies.

PhD: University of Miami
OD: New England College of Optometry
MS: Harvard School of Public Health
ScD: Harvard School of Public Health

  1. Christen WG, Manson JE, Glynn RJ, Gaziano JM, Chew EY, Buring JE, Hennekens CH. Beta-carotene and age-related maculopathy in a randomized trial of U.S. physicians. Arch Ophthalmol 2007;125:333-339. PMCID: PMC1821351
  2. Christen WG, Glynn RJ, Chew EY, Buring JB. Low-dose aspirin and medical record confirmed age-related macular degeneration in a randomized trial of women. Ophthalmology 2009;116:2386-2392. PMCID: PMC2787838
  3. Christen WG, Glynn RJ, Chew EY, Albert CM, MansonJE. Folic Acid, Pyridoxine, and Cyanocobalamin Treatment Combination and Age-related Macular Degeneration in Women. The Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. Arch Intern Med 2009;169:335-341. PMCID: PMC2648137
  4. Christen WG. Chew EY. Does long-term aspirin use increase the risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration? Expert Opin Drug Saf 2014;13:421-429. PMID: 24547895
  5. Christen WG, Glynn RJ, Manson JE, Macfadyen J, Bubes V, Schvartz M, Buring JE, Sesso HD, Gaziano JM. Effects of multivitamin supplement on cataract and age related macular degeneration in a randomized trial of male physicians. Ophthalmology 2014;121:525-534. PMCID: PMC3946650

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